The portable radio rides again

JBL’s Tuner offers DAB and FM radio as well as being a fine wireless speaker

JBL Tuner, £90
JBL Tuner, £90

This unassuming box came as a surprise when I stumbled upon it by chance while looking at some £50,000 Harman Kardon speakers (to be featured when they launch next year). Tuner is from the often underestimated audiosmith JBL, which looks like a mundane brand but, as part of the Samsung-owned Harman Kardon portfolio of companies, is the real hifi deal.

Tuner is not hifi itself, but just a clever, small and quite unusual household and travel gadget you might find yourself using a lot more than you would expect. I did. Quite the dark horse, it is a rechargeable, highly portable Bluetooth stereo speaker that doubles as an FM and DAB radio – or, for me, more of an FM and DAB radio that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. The thing is, dedicated portable radios, particularly of the FM variety, are not the commonest of things these day, yet they have distinct advantages. Not being dependent on WiFi or 4G like internet radio is just one. FM also sounds the best. That Tuner is also a decent wireless speaker is a bonus and a very handy one.

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