These days, if you enter the DAB market, it’s not just about what your product can do, but how sharp it looks. And for me, the Genus Type-R DAB radio with its retro styling and touch sensitive controls is well up there.
Genus claims their latest model is designed to stand out in a market "crowded by amorphous plastic radio". There’s certainly not a lot of plastic here. The Type-R features natural walnut end caps, an anodised aluminium chassis and a hand embossed genuine leather rear panel. The enamel badge of the Type-R that is even made by the same business that supplies badges to Aston Martin and Bentley. But it’s the smart touch controls that really set it apart. The touch sensitive controls are hidden beneath illuminated graphics to deliver an impressively minimalist control panel. Just run a finger up or down the volume slider or touch a graphic to change your settings. In addition, proximity sensing technology picks up if a hand is approaching, then illuminates the touch controls and display to the optimum brightness.
The Type-R also features MaxxBass – a patented technology that increases bass performance, has a line-out so you can play DAB through a larger hi-fi system, a line-in if you want to use it as a speaker system and is powered by mains or rechargeable battery (sold separately).
Definitely one to look at if you want style over a huge list of features. It’s available from the middle of October, priced around £150.