Rockbox mail archiveSubject: Re: Advice on small FM Radio using Rockbox
Re: Advice on small FM Radio using Rockbox
From: Sam Kuper via rockbox <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 22:44:52 +0100
On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 09:46:38PM +0200, Bernhard M. via rockbox wrote:
> You can still find some good Sansa Clips working with Rockbox on ebay
> and similar. [snip]
In addition to eBay, some other websites sometimes have secondhand Sansa
Clips in stock, e.g. I previously bought some as gifts from
https://uk.webuy.com . Unfortunately, that website is not great from an
accessibility perspective; let me know if you would like me to give you
direct URLs to relevant listings.
Alternatively, if Rockbox is not a requirement, then might a miniature
FM radio with presets be adequate? I don't have direct experience of
it, but here is what one reviewer said of the Roberts Radio Sports DAB5,
which has FM as well as DAB functionality:
I wanted a small DAB radio that had good sound quality. As I would
use it primarily when out walking, I wanted one that was easy to
use, not necessitating glancing at the screen to get to my favourite
stations too often. ... I have had this 20 months now, and am very
impressed. ... 90% of the time, I can operate this blind, whilst it
is still in my pocket. There are 5 buttons dedicated to presets.
There is a jog-wheel to scroll through channels and the menu.
Fortunately, this is recessed and hasn't been triggered accidentally
yet. The power button is on the top edge, so is unlikely to be
pressed accidentally. There is a lock switch, but I rarely use it.
... I started off using AmazonBasics High Capacity AA Pre-Charged
Rechargeable Batteries [which gave] around 15 hours use. I then
switched to the Panasonic Eneloop batteries, which [give] 25
hours... The menu system is a little fiddly to use when out
walking, as it tends to go back to DAB mode due to its sensitivity,
but you should only need to use this infrequently. I think they
could have implemented more presets using long presses, so 10
instead of 5 for each mode (DAB/FM), or some other system. ... I
would add that I also trialled 2 other devices, made by Pure and
Majority. The Majority device, whilst cheap, was unreliable regards
clicking etc, and essentially unusable. The Pure device was
gorgeous, a work of art, but very difficult to use blindly. This
Roberts device is far superior from a usability point of view.
Manufacturer web page:
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