Sony XDR-S50 reviews: Radio

42 customer reviews
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+ This radio has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on performance.

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8.2 out of 10 based on 42 reviews.
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Rob, Birstall Gadget lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
small and neat, easy to use and portable.
Bad points:
ordinary batteries dont last very long. Rechargeable are much better.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Design 9.0
Reception/Sound quality 7.0
Display 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Nov 2010

JEAN, Solihull Gadget lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Nice clear sound, portable
Bad points:
more detail needed for instructions on setting up.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Design 10.0
Reception/Sound quality 10.0
Display 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jun 2013

Confirmed purchaser Spoken-word listener

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
As above.
Bad points:
The power supply unit does not appear to be up to the usually quality. The wire from the unit is rather inflexible and seems to be brittle, giving the impression that it could 'break' easily. The R & D fellows would do well to revert to more malleable flex. Other than that - no other problems.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Design 9.0
Reception/Sound quality 9.0
Display 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Nov 2010

Robert, Portsmouth. Spoken-word listener

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well designed clear and easy to see display screen easy to operate clear sound, well built, very good value.
Bad points:
Could go louder.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Design 9.0
Reception/Sound quality 8.0
Display 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Feb 2012

Brian, Glasgoow Spoken-word listener

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Compact design, light weight,quality reception.
Bad points:
Nothing to note so far.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Design 10.0
Reception/Sound quality 9.0
Display 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Mar 2011

Vic, Wales Spoken-word listener

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Overall, a good dab radio for the price. The design is quite pleasant and easy to use
Bad points:
The number of stations available is quite limited. The storage space (3 pre-sets) is limiting and needs to be expanded. The mains power lead that was supplied failed after several months as the brittle cable that is supplied, snapped and I have not been able to find a replacement. I emailed Sony but they failed to respond, which was disappointing as I am a loyal customer. I am having to use batteries now, and they only last a very short time (4 x AA).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Design 8.0
Reception/Sound quality 7.0
Display 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2010

Robert, London Spoken-word listener

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Typical solid build, and a nice-looking design compared to most DAB radios on the market at this price. Quality of sound is very good, especially when you use headphones and can appreciate stereo music broadcasts better. I am in a built-up area in south-east London and DAB reception seems excellent, which may be the radio or just that I'm in a good location. Great to hear Radio 5 Live clearly after listening on medium wave previously. It's good that it has a mains plug included, but see 'bad' points regarding the size of the plug.
It's good that you can turn off the display if you have the radio in the bedroom.
Bad points:
The controls are not as intuitive as I would have liked, and sometimes a bit annoying. As a tech-savvy male who's had lots of audio / video gear over many years, if I have to read the instructions for something before I can use it, then I think the manufacturer has failed in their job. Everyday things like radios should always be easy to use. This radio isn't exactly rocket science, but figuring out how to use the preset station facility does take a bit of trial and error, and if you press the wrong button you can lose the presets you've just spent ages setting up! The same applies to setting the clock, which I still haven't mastered fully.
Other slightly bad points? The plug is a bit big if you're using a 3-way adapter as it stops you using all of the other sockets. The display is pale orange / peach coloured and maybe there's a good reason for this, but I would have preferred blue or even just white/grey. I know I'm being picky!
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 6.0
Design 7.0
Reception/Sound quality 9.0
Display 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 May 2011

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Product Features

Type of radio Portable
Radio tuner DAB and FM
Solar Power No
Dimensions (mm) 260x160x65
Dimensions (mm) 260x170x65
Station Presets 10
WiFi No
Battery Power Yes
Mains Power No

Also known as: SONY XDRS50, SONY XDRS50B

 

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