Hi david, sounds very satisfactory. Only one slight correction I’d make to
your post. The Goodmans radio in fact has a small speaker in the front which
means it can be listened to via that and with the telescopic areal extended.
What I particularly like about the Goodmans is the number of presets.
On 18 Feb 2017, at 16:12, David Griffith <daj.griffith@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I mentioned this little Radio in a short post over Christmas. My son had
bought one for his Grandmother and I was interested to feel it seemed quite
Given its relatively low price point I took a punt on purchasing one from
Argos this week.
Until now I had been using the Goodmans portable Radio as my main pocket
sized DAB radio. After setting up the radio this morning it is already clear
that this radio will replace the Goodmans as my main DAB radio. This is
because, if for nothing else, that the reception on this radio is far
superior to the Goodmans. Whereas the Goodmans was usable you ould
occasionally get a cut out in my house at least and you would need to move
the Goodmans to another place to resume reception. So far this radio has
not cut out at all today even with me laying prone on the living room carpet
with my Guide Dog, a location my Goodmans would certainly have struggle to
keep connected with. Typically I would have had to perch the Goodmans on the
arm of the sofa to maintain connection. The caveat is that this is based on
a few hours usage connected exclusively to BBC Five Live on DAB.
The Bush is whilst small, very slightly larger than the Goodmans and has no
lanyard socket so would have to be held in a pocket or in my case a neck
pouch I use to hold my hearing aids and batteries safely in.
Like the Goodmans it is a small handheld device designed for use exclusively
The device comes with ear buds which I detest and replaced immediately with
my JVC Gumy earphones available from Sainsburys for £7.99 and which provide
excellent volume and sound quality for the price.
With the JVC Gumy earpones attached it resulted, to my deaf ears, in a
sound whicha was excellent and the volume is quite adequate for my severe
deafness. When you turn the device on the volume is low. Raising the volume
hits an initial volume limiter which is a little annoying. However pressing
the main select button clears this limit and you can then continue to
increase the device volume to make it loud, probably the radio is marginally
louder than the goodmans at full volume.
As my wife is away this weekend I am limited in what I have done with the
Radio. Argos send you an email atfter purchase which includes a link to a
support website where you can download an accessible PDF version of the
Device Manual whic is useful. As I cannot see the layout diagram I
nevertheless need some sighted help to fully determine where the menu and
preset buttons are located so I have set no presets. According to the Manual
setting Preset is straightforward. 10 Presets can be set for DAB and all you
do is hold the Preset button down for 2 seconds and then select a slot to
hold the preset. to recall the Preset just press rather than hold the preset
button down and navigate the slot you want.
The device has a main select switch on it front.
Below this are 4 buttons in a row.
The first two are channel up and down. The next two are volume up and down.
There are a number of buttons on the side. The first of these from the top is
an on off switch. The others I am not sure about yet.
I pressed the on off button and, as I hoped, the device went into auto
This was surprisingly rapid and quite soon the radio was playing on the first
Like other devices you need to hit the channel up or down button once to
bring up the channel list. Pressing further times on these will navigate the
list of stations available. The station will not change until you press the
Holding down the select button for two seconds key locks the radio, and
holding down the same button for 2 seconds again clears the lock.
So far as I can tell on limited usage the device is suitable and usable for a
completely blind person with a moderate to severe hearing loss provided you
know that you can increase volume beyond the artificial limit.
I will post again when my wife is able to confirm what the other buttons are.
The Radio cost £39.99 from Argos.
Bush Hand Held Portable Radio
Argos Order Code 259/6622
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