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Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth

Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth to connect compatible devices. Comes with external magnetic DAB antenna for improved reception.
Average Customer Rating:
4.176 out of 5
4.2
 out of 
5
(51 Reviews) 51
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Rating Snapshot (51 reviews)
5 stars
28
4 stars
14
3 stars
3
2 stars
2
1 star
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43 of 51(84%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend 
Customer Reviews for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Review 1 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
DAB Radios,
July 17, 2013
By farmergi
from East Midlands, UK
Quality 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
"I bought 3 of these for farm use - tractors and trucks. They are excellent quality in use. One radio was n/s on receipt but Halfords replaced it instantly so no problem"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 65 & Over
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - No Children
How many cars: 3
Attitude to specs and technology: Proficient
Who will use this Product? Friend
Which Store did you visit? GRANTHAM
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Review 2 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Generally good, BUT Bluetooth music audio is poor,
April 20, 2013
By tjchick
from Bedford
Quality 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
"Dab works well, FM works well, sounds OK.
As others have said, MIC on calls is very quiet.
The big issue with it is the sound quality when streaming audio over Bluetooth is terrible. This is the same on iPhone/iPod/Android."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Proficient
Who will use this Product? Just Me
Which Store did you visit? SOUTHAMPTON (HEDGE END)
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Review 3 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Everything you could need or want,
April 11, 2013
By mattrea1966
from Birmingham, UK
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: features, value, service
Cons: can't change the display colour
"I bought this radio after upgrading my old phone (and hands-free kit) to an iPhone. I had looked at a Parrot kit, but as a lover of Absolute Radio, this also came with DAB and was cheaper!
It has every feature you could wish for - hands-free (it even downloads my phonebook), it streams your music via bluetooth and has usb and aux in, FM radio and a CD player.
Reception of DAB is great with the window mounted aerial I bought at the same time and all other features seem to work as they should!
I was very pleased with the fitter who was very helpful and did a neat job and, as long as there are no problems (I've only had it a day), I can't think of anything to fault, especially at the price.
Much as I would like to update my car, I can't afford to at the moment, so this Sonichi kit is the next best thing and has more features than you would get in most new cars. Really pleased."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 1
Attitude to specs and technology: Proficient
Who will use this Product? Spouse/Partner
Which Store did you visit? CASTLE BROMWICH
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Review 4 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Awful reception,
April 05, 2013
By Anonymous
from Stirling, Scotland
Quality 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Value 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Pros: bluetooth and microphone
Cons: awful dab performance, awful fm reception
"I had this supplied and fitted by Halfords after first being advised to get a Philips, but after installation there was an issue with the display and it had to be removed. On that Philips the DAB was great, the FM reception was good too. It was replaced with this sonichi on which I cannot get a single DAB station and the FM reception is crackly and patchy...very, very poor. The bluetooth is fine with my phone but the awful DAB and FM means that it may be consigned to the bin very shortly unless Halfords can fix it."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Expert
Who will use this Product? Just Me
Which Store did you visit? STIRLING
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Review 5 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Happy of Malvern,
March 02, 2013
By Sue1001
from Malvern
Quality 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
"I bought this from the Malvern Halfords store on Wednesday and it was fitted the next day by their fitter, Kevin. I am delighted with the radio. The sound quality and reception are great. I bought an extra internal DAB aerial which seems to do the trick very nicely. It's a real treat to be able to answer the phone through the radio and the sound at both ends of the phone call is loud and clear. Kevin did a great job of fitting it into my car and I'm really pleased. It's a good product, incorporating all the features I wanted into one reasonably priced item."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Female
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Single - With Children
How many cars: 1
Attitude to specs and technology: Comfortable
Who will use this Product? Spouse/Partner
Which Store did you visit? MALVERN
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Review 6 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Switching on,
February 22, 2013
By beli
from Hemel
Quality 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
"I have found that I have to switch the radio on each time I start the engine, and change the source to DAB. My old radio used to switch on itself and would start where I had last left it on.
The CD player is behind the front screen and so it looks like the front screen is really loose.
Other than that, the reception is brilliant and I rarely lose the station I am listening to."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Female
0points
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Review 7 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Iphone 5 hands free via Bluetooth,
February 21, 2013
By Dilbert01
from Leicester
Quality 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: hands free without any problems
"Needed a new DAB radio which would also act as a handsfree for my iPhone 5. The Sonichi SB50 fits the bill. After a small teathing problem, needed the aerial moving, works great!"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 55 - 64
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - No Children
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Expert
Who will use this Product? Spouse/Partner
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 8 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Ok for price range!,
February 17, 2013
By EuroGary001
from Cramlington, uk
Quality 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Pros: cheapish
Cons: dab reception, hands free mic
"Dab reception is very limited once your off the A roads or if you go behind a tree or under something. Dab also keeps cutting out even with full signal! Mobile calling is good but the microphone is terrible!!! You have to shout just to be herd as it sounds like your a mile away even with your lips pressed against the mic!!!
Proberbly better to buy a standerd dab head unit and a hands free kit sepreatley.
Front of radio feels loose and sometimes a little fiddley to use but ok and better than others I have had!
"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - No Children
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Expert
Who will use this Product? Just Me
0points
0out of 0found this review helpful.
Review 9 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Really Really Pleased,
February 15, 2013
By rohard007
from Kent
Quality 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: price, sound quality, has external mic, quality of dab, works with voice dialling
Cons: phonebook not accessible/seen on display of unit
"Originally I was going to go for a Pioneer stereo with in built bluetooth and normal FM radio. However I really wanted DAB and bluetooth and this was one of the very few units to offer both and at a fantastic price!
I had this fitted two weeks ago and have been delighted so far! Crystal clear DAB means I can listen to Jazz FM which I used to listen to on FM and have really missed for about 5 years!!
It took a while to tweak the sound settings and I have chosen 'loud on' with 'rock' EQ for the best sound in my car.
The bluetooth works superbly with the iPhone 5 both in terms of streaming music (and podcasts etc) and using the telephone handsfree. It's a bonus that it has an external mic.
The fitter at Sevenoaks store (who was great) said that this was one of the strongest DAB signals he had come across (and their store is in a poor reception area).
Overall highly delighted. I am really enjoying driving again.
Don't be put off by the fact it is not a well known make!
"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 3
Attitude to specs and technology: Proficient
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 10 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Quality kit. For a cheap price.,
January 25, 2013
By Jw2000uk
from Poole uk
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: everything
"Not a bad word to say about this..
Rear aux.. Dab.. And bluetooth.. Set it apart from older units.
My iPhone 5 works 100% with it music and call via Bluetooth.."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 11 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
RUBBISH,
January 21, 2013
By ABERDEEN1
from aberdeen
Quality 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Value 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
"it wont pick u reception 'DONT BUY' 'DONT BUY!!!!!"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Age Group: Under 25
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Pro-Performance - I'II always buy the best quality regardless of price
Family: I'm Single - With No Children
How many cars: More than 3
Who will use this Product? Just Me
-2points
2out of 6found this review helpful.
Review 12 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
excellent piece of kit,
January 08, 2013
By TrikerPops
from stoke on trent
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: easy to use
Cons: signal strength bit week
"really pleased with this item, the only down side is there was no ariel in the box, but clearly states that there is one, either way the magnetic ariel it suppose to come with is of no use to me as this item is in my campervan which has a fibreglass roof. but over all a good item and works well, slight loss of signal in low areas even with the recomended booster ariel by a membere of staff"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Proficient
Who will use this Product? Spouse/Partner
-1point
0out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 13 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Great service, great stereo,
January 07, 2013
By Sailorbob77
from Inverness, Highlands
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
"I purchased this Radio online and booked the in store fitting too. Can't fault the service,as the fitter was off sick the day it should have been fitted, so the store rang me and arranged fitting for another day. The guy that fitted it for me, actually came in on his day off. Top quality customer service!!!!"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 1
Attitude to specs and technology: Proficient
Who will use this Product? Just Me
0points
0out of 0found this review helpful.
Review 14 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
upgrade for naff car makers audio.,
July 23, 2012
By digitalharry
from congleton cheshire
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: fantastic does everything you need, fitted by halfords in a few minutes, looks very expensive, sturdy case to put the front panel in
"This is the beesnees the dab takes a little time to get used to but quality of sound is that much better,you get 3 bands of dab that can store 6 stations on each. This piece of kit will even allow me to make/receive phone calls with my very old mobile."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 55 - 64
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
How many cars: 1
Attitude to specs and technology: Comfortable
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+12points
12out of 12found this review helpful.
Review 15 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
suprisingly good,
May 11, 2012
By tmike
from Berks
Quality 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features/Spec 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Pros: good performance, good value
Cons: the user manual is fairly useless
"Considering the reasonable price I was suprised by the performance. DAB reception seems fairly good on my original aerial using an amplified splitter. If there is a downside I think that the removable display panel is a bit fiddly to fit and it's best left in place, and the manual is fairly useless"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 55 - 64
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - No Children
How many cars: 3
Attitude to specs and technology: Expert
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 16 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
All-in-One = All-you-Need/Want,
May 05, 2012
By sovello
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features/Spec 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: good clear hands-free sound, all favourite dab stations, packed with options, easy instalation, remote control
Cons: dab external aerial bit of a hassle, gets quite warm
"Instalation was easy with cable adaptor from Halfords. Product very simple to set-up especially Bluetooth with Sony-Ericsson-hassle free. I was looking for Hands-free system and if you do your homework you probably notice that you need to pay the same or even more for good Parot set, so the rest comes free:). Sound quality on hands-free is good but needed to turn the low tones down as my speakers aren't good. Apart from that nothing negative to say. DAB is great, traveling mostly on A roads and within rural areas rearly loosing signal unles is really wet day than is not so great.
CD works, so is the AUX, Card and USB reader. Simply all you may possibly need from car audio. It feels rather warm after some time of playing CDs' but hasn't cooked yet. Remote Control is a great addition and to be honest I didn't know it comes with it. Great all in one car audio system. So don't hesitate to buy. You may find other, more expensive units but at the end of the day this one is sufficient enough so real bargain. Highly recommended.
"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Comfortable
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+5points
5out of 5found this review helpful.
Review 17 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Great Radio for a fantastic price,
March 24, 2012
By YarisRacer
from Telford Shropshire
Quality 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features/Spec 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: looks, dab, bluetooth, sound quality, features, ease of use
Cons: extra external aerial, length of time for dab to load on start up
"Brought this Stereo as I wanted a stereo with the follwoing requirments for my car, bluetooth, decent looks and hidden cd player. The fact that this was all available on a DAB stereo and at such a low price drew me to the unit.
There was a couple of issues fitting this to my car however the guys at Telford Halfords were great and got around this issue.
Sound quality is great even with standard speakers, Music plays excellent from CD, Standard Radio, DAB, Mobile Phone and USB stick.
You can set the volume and bass and treble for each mode and the Steroe remembers these modes for next time.
Remote control is fantastic and the whole package is fantastic.
Only 2 things I would say that is annoying is: the extra DAB Aerial that needs to be fitted. Being magnetic it needs to be removed beofre going through a car wash unlesh you want to lose it as it is a low quality magnet that has a habit of moving around with just a little pressure.
2nd thing: Time it takes for DAB radio to load, system does digital search first everytime you start the car up so it tazkes a while for DAB to load up when you first turn it on each time.
All in All a fantastic product, does everything you could require and more, matches the higher quality brands all the way and for around half thier price.
Looks good, good sound quality, does everything.
I recommend you stop looking, stop reading and get this now."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Single - With No Children
How many cars: More than 3
Attitude to specs and technology: Comfortable
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+10points
10out of 10found this review helpful.
Review 18 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Great quality product,
March 20, 2012
By Tuney
from Leeds, West Yorkshire
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features/Spec 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: great hands free, dab
Cons: front panel fitting
"A great little DAB radio, connects to my music player and great quality Bluetooth hands free. Quick fitting and great service.
Sometimes the front panel can be a pain to attach"
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Single - With Children
How many cars: 1
Attitude to specs and technology: Expert
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+2points
2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 19 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Very Happy,
March 03, 2012
By WizLite
from Didcot, England
Quality 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features/Spec 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: good value for money, lots of ways to listen to music, able to listen to music via bluetooth on iphone
Cons: plasticky
"I had the Sonichi DAB radio fitted by Dan at Oxford Halfords this afternoon. He did a good job and I am very pleased. The unit is a bit plasticky and the buttons are small and fiddly but at this price I am not complaining. The feel is a bit wobbly and insubstantial. It took me a few attempts to identify my DAB stations and save them and to work out how to pair my iphone with the unit and play music through it but that was mainly because I didn't spend enough time reading the manual to start with. Although obviously translated from another language it does make sense if you read it over a few times. Once I read the manual I was quickly connected to my iphone and the DAB stations I wanted. The handsfree is fine for receiving calls but the microphone is a bit faint for the person at the other end. However, I have repositioned the microphone and it seems a bit better now. Music quality excellent from the DAB radio and via the bluetooth on my iphone. Haven't tried the USB, AUX or SD yet but confident they will be fine too. All in all very happy with my purchase."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Female
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - With Children
How many cars: 2
Attitude to specs and technology: Comfortable
Who will use this Product? Just Me
+6points
6out of 6found this review helpful.
Review 20 for Sonichi SB50 Digital Radio with Bluetooth
Overall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Excellent service and product,
January 20, 2012
By JeanieL
Quality 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features/Spec 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: very good value for money.
"Had this car stereo fitted by Ben at the Blackpool Halfords store a week ago and returned to have facia fitted today, as it had to be ordered in. Very happy with the service, Thanks Ben!
The radio is wonderful! Worth the money and the DAB reception has been spot on so far - including driving round the Lake District last weekend. Only lost the signal a couple of times in places I would usually lose FM reception up there."
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Age Group: 45 - 54
Gender: Female
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Attitude to specs and technology: Comfortable
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
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