World Cup preparation ... Sonus 1XT digital radio

Pure Sonus-1XT DAB Digital radio with alarm and voice

Price: from £100

Available: www.amazon.co.uk; www.dixons.co.uk

With the World Cup just round the corner, expect a rush on digital radios.

Mains only, with alarm, the Sonus-1XT from Pure's Evoke range, is ideal for the bedroom. The sound is still rich and precise, and you have the luxury of 10 pre-select buttons for your favourites. The best feature is the radio's speech. It tells you, in a non-robotic, accentless voice, if you are switching it on or off and the name of stations you select.

Tap the handle and it speaks the time, twice and you hear alarm settings.

The radio has 'volume equalisation technology', which is a control system that works out your preferred volume settings. There is a USB for a PC, an extra speaker socket and an amplifier connection. All in all, an outstanding radio with a superb sound.

- Dr Harry Brown is a GP in Leeds and editor-in-chief of Univadis. For more technology reviews, go to www.univadis.co.uk.

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