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Freeplay Devo

Discussion in 'Music Streamers' started by lisag, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. lisag

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    Thinking of getting one of these.

    Anyone heard of them, any thoughts? Will the sound quality be rubbish out of that little speaker? I just want to use it for around the house radio, in the spare room, bathroom, garden etc...

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    If that is the wind-up radio designed by Trevor Bayliss's company then bear in mind that you only get 3 minutes of play on DAB between winds.

    What do you want the radio for? If you want a good audio quality radio then all Sony FM radios I've ever tried sound very good and are far cheaper than DAB radios.
     
  3. lisag

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    Hi, I guess my main spec is that it has an integrated battery, so I can recharge it via the mains overnight, and have it completely portable during the day, for when I am in different rooms, or the garden.

    An FM tuner is a must, a DAB tuner is a bonus, and good sound quality would be nice...

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    I don't know whether that Freeplay thing has an integrated battery other than the fact that you can wind a level to provide 3 minutes of play.

    If you want good battery life then you'd be far better off with an FM portable. My Sony FM portable (that cost £25 and sounds excellent) and my Philips ghetto blaster literally last for weeks on one charge of a set of rechargeable batteries.

    DAB portables eat batteries (you're talking about 8 hours or so of play), so FM-only is your best bet. The longest life you'd get is on an FM-only (ignoring whether it's got MW, LW or not) and with a dial rather than an LCD display of the frequency.
     
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    Lisag,

    The Devo has an integrated rechargeable battery that gives 6h of DAB or 36 h of FM (Mf Specs). That looks ok, it just depends on what it's reception & audio stage is like (an unknown).

    If it is a decent quality unit, it would be a good solution for around the house use.
     
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    Currys Digital or whatever it's called is doing this radio for £40 at the moment. Is it really the case that you only get 3 minutes of DAB when you wind it up? Sounds pretty pants if that's the case. Is it worth the punt for the built-in rechargeable battery and 6 hours of DAB?

    Cheers,

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    Hi Jah,

    Yeah the wind up function isn't really feasible if you only want to listen to DAB. It has an internal battery that when fully charged will give you about 6 hours of mains free listening. That should be more than enough for most situations.

    It also has a completely separate FM tuner which is where the wind up bit comes in useful. A few minutes winding will give you an hour or so playback, so it's really good if you suddenly find yourself without power.

    I have one, and think that at £40 it's a bargain. Cost more than twice that when I got mine. You can pick them up at any Currys or CurrysDigital store or online here

    http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=868381&category_oid=

    Hope that helps!
     
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    Yep, thanks for that. I am interested in it for emergencies, power cuts, etc., so if it'll manage an hour on FM with a couple of minutes winding it's probably worth a punt.

    Cheers,

    jah
     
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    I got mine for £35 delivered from Amazon (via Expansys) and use it in the bathroom. Really happy with it :thumbsup:
     
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    Expansys are the devil's spawn. I'll pay the extra fiver from Currys;).

    Cheers,

    jah
     
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    Some would argue Currys is the spawn of a lesser demon, but a demon none the less!
     

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