Friday, June 08, 2012
A decent DAB'll do it
Tired of static and the whine as our computer and others start up, we finally bought a digital (DAB) radio for the kitchen to replace the analogue unit. The new one is absolutely brilliant and the best money we have spent for some time. Of course had we had known the air con was to break down the very next day, we may have held off and prevaricated a little longer.
Between when I first make vague mutterings about being interested in something and actually buying it, the price has usually dropped considerably, and this was no exception. I am not known for my spontaneity.
I looked at a lesser model of the same brand in a shop and came home to see what it could be had for online. Then I discovered this superior model, with an rrp of about $200, somewhat more than we thought of paying. I showed it to R who also made positive noises.
Let me look further online to see if I can get a better price. Sure enough, a shop front place in Sydney had it for $158 plus $15 postage. Let's do it, and we did.
The store responded the next day that the item had been dispatched and we expected it the following day. We were a little excited but it is only a radio after all.
However, what arrived the next day was a slip in the letter box because we weren't home to receive the radio. Our options were to either visit the warehouse is some way way out western suburb, or arrange another day for delivery. Normally packages are left at our local post office and we collect them at our convenience. What was proposed was not convenient at all, and if it wasn't for R finishing up work last Friday, it would have had to wait until the 13th when I could stay in all day to receive it.
As it was, the radio was delivered on Monday, before 10am. I complained to the company about the inflexible delivery system and they responded with the fact that they had begun a change over to a new company when the new company was taken over by another, resulting in a lot of problems.
The new radio sits in the corner of the kitchen where the signal for a normal radio is very weak. It picks up all digital stations perfectly and even weak local FM stations, all without the aerial extended. It does all sorts of other things too, which we will never use. We are ever so pleased.