Summary: Don't buy this. I could not get a decent reception at all despite living in a good dab area (my other dab radios work fine). A poor product from a usually trustworthy brand. I can confirm all other negative comments made here.
Summary: I have owned this Sony Dab radio for a while now, and i must say that when it works the sound quality is second to none, but the signal is something else! most of the time on the dab setting the reception i get can only be discribed as a sound like boiling mud, very disapointing as i have all Sony products throughout my house and believe you cannot better the quality that Sony offer, but i now find myself looking at the Pure dab radio, as it has rechargable battery & the...
Summary: Sony XDR-M1 Portable DAB/FM Digital Radio This always was a great piece of kit. Since the digital switch over though the signal problems have almost gone! I couldn't get a signal in the house before and now i get a full signal. As long as i stay within built up areas and don't venture into the countryside too far it stays that way too.
Summary: When Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) radio tuners first went on sale in the UK, they were limited to high-end expensive hi-fi separates. Now there's a whole range of products from a number of manufacturers and it's no surprise that recently sales of digital DAB radios overtook those of analogue in the UK. Some such as BBC Radio 3 use 192Kbps but most use 160 or 128Kbps.
Summary: I've had about 4 portable dabs since 2003. The first actually had an aerial, the second and third were the ministry of sound dab (where both packed in and aren't durable). The third was the bush which lasted the pace for a long time, and I'd recommend I foolishly bought this cheaply because it's sony. The only thing that makes it a sony is the superb sound quality. The temporary back light button I really like, as some dabs with the blue lit background annoy me.
Summary: I have owned this unit for some years back when it cost over £100. Sound and reception for me are OK. There are a couple of places in my home where reception drops off but for me its not a big deal. Battery life is a problem. They only last a few hours and, now for the biggest problem, if the batteries are flat or there are none fitted the thing loses whatever is in the memory. When new/replacement batteries are fitted you have to scan all over again and any fav.
Summary: I don't normally write reviews but after looking at the most recent reviews of this product I had to give my very different experience of this product. I have had DAB radios for many years and this Sony DAB radio is the second portable one I have owned. The first was fine but did not have preset stations which was very annoying and is not a problem with this model. I find the reception is excellent.
Excerpt: I liked the look of the Sony XDR-M1 dab radio when I used it a few years ago but as I find with so many Sony products; they often look good but their durability and functionality are too often a let down. The Sony XDR M1 DAB certainly looks chic and feels comfortable in the hand. It offers good quality digital radio reception but has the still necessary FM waveband in case you're out of a DAB reception area.
Summary: What can I say? I looked long and hard at the reviews for this and others. The Sony won as it had FM reception. Bad move. I live and work in very good DAB and VHF reception areas. FM is terrible, both on local and distant transmissions. DAB is great if your still and have no intention of moving! So forget portable, that it ain't. Result: given it away to some to use in their office and will wait till there's something better. Stay clear is my opinion.