The XDR-P1DBP (by Sony-EU) has just arrived, used it nearly a half an hour.
This model is only available for FM(RDS), DAB and DAB+, and too small, no MW, SW and FM (Japanese traditional FM).
Accordingly, it’s an ideal receiver of ‘local radio listener heard worldwide’ like me.
In fact, no DAB and DAB+ services in Japan and it’s only sold in EU, but I expect several opportunities to use it in available countries in this year.
with a PL-380 by TECSUN and an ER-C57WR by ELPA (i.e. C-Crane CC Skywave)
I assume that Sony-EU has crammed in more useful controls and a better display than most radios four times the size.
It’s outstandingly nice to use, beautifully made, and sounds good for its size.
It even has a set of truly clear instructions, what’s not to like? I guess only the price, but the more you use it, the more acceptable the price seems.
I really like the three instant-access favorite-station buttons on the top panel.
Setting them is virtually instant too, though I wish the smooth buttons were easier to distinguish by touch.
Setting presets with the silver ‘jog’ lever is easy and a pleasure. Tuning FM stations and setting them as presets is almost easy.
The big display shows several lines at once so you can navigate the list of stations better. It has space to show lots of info simultaneously, like the time, the station and program descriptions.
It's a clear display, though the orange backlight tends to cut out before the program info has finished scrolling, and with the backlight off, it's harder to see, though if you press the ‘Back’ button, the display lights up without changing any settings.
The delicate seven-segment aerial extends so high that you'll be glad of the neat fold-out stabilizing ‘foot’.
For most stations (except DAB/DAB+ stations) one segment seems to be enough though, and it even works fine with it folded flat sometimes.
When you use the radio with headphones (or connect it to an external speaker with a cable), the Sony uses the headphone cable as the aerial instead of the extending aerial, so reception may be compromised.
The sound is very good for the size of speaker but better for speech than music.
The human voice sounds remarkably realistic, simpler music sounds quite nice too.
But heavy rock or classical symphonies reveal the limitations of a tiny speaker, and the more you increase the volume beyond just over half way, the harsher and harder it sounds.
If I listened to music mostly and didn't want such a small radio, I'd probably go for one with a bigger speaker.
Great! Too small and only available for FM(RDS), DAB and DAB+!