Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio
The Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio has an iPod dock, CD player and USB port
- Design, audio quality, USB port
- Price, no AUX connection or line-out port
The Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio looks good, sounds great and can play tracks from a range of sources. It's a little expensive, though.
Price$ 749.00 (AUD)
The Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio incorporates an iPod dock, CD player and a USB port for playing music stored on thumb drives. The two 15W speakers and two bass reflex ports provide good audio quality, and it's capable of receiving both FM and DAB+ radio.
The Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio features an attractive design with a white chassis and a wooden top. The fascia is uncluttered, with just the two-line display, CD tray and speakers. The button panel is found on the top of the Yamaha TSX-130 and lets you access a range of functions like alarms and audio source selection.
Audio can come from five sources: iPod, USB flash drive, CD, DAB+ digital radio and FM radio. The iPod dock and USB port are both located next to each other on the top panel. You can only play MP3 and WMA tracks via USB or CD, and you can't listen to DRM-protected tracks.
The Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio only recognises USB thumb drives with FAT16 and FAT32 file systems, so if you have a drive that uses NTFS or HFS+ you will have to reformat it.
We were disappointed to find no AUX connection for audio devices to connect to the Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio. There is also no line out-port, so you can't connect it to external speakers. We'd like to see both of these features given the price tag of $749.
The included remote control is well-designed and easy to use. The buttons are responsive and it offers full menu control for connected iPods. The Yamaha TSX-130's menu is a little complicated, but the instruction manual provides excellent illustrated step-by-step instructions.
The Yamaha TSX-130 uses a 1.4m indoor wire antenna, which is less obtrusive but harder to align than the extendable ones used by digital radios like the Grundig DAB+ iPod Docking Radio (GDR710DABIP) and the Sangean DPR-99. The initial scan was thorough and found all stations available in North Sydney.
The sound quality produced by the two 3in 15W speakers is very good. Bass was strong and resonant thanks to the two reflex ports to the rear of the Yamaha TSX-130. These act as echo chambers and work well to give the lower frequencies more kick, as we found in the thumping electronic bass of "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse.
There is excellent clarity for mid-range audio; this is especially noteworthy given that reflex ports often mask mid-range audio. The piano opening in Cold Chisel's "Khe Sanh" was accurately reproduced.
Treble is also good, but suffers from some distortion at peak volumes and very high notes. The Flower Duet from the opera Lakme is a challenge for any speaker with its high-pitched peaks, but the Yamaha TSX-130 digital radio handled it very well.
The Yamaha TSX-130 is a little more expensive than we'd like and has no auxiliary connection, but it's definitely worth a look. It is attractive and delivers very good audio, and as well as letting you listen to digital radio you can play tracks from iPods, CDs and USB thumb drives.
Join the PC World newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® Portable SSD
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- Up next for Apple TV: 4K streaming reportedly in the works
- Apple’s original TV shows are almost ready for prime time
- Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV efforts
- AirTV's slick marriage of Sling TV and OTA channels isn't in the product yet
- Here's what's coming next from Sling TV
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPGIS Developer - 6 month ContractQLD
- CCMultiple System Engineers - Data Centre - TelcoVIC
- FTService Desk AnalystNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)QLD
- CCSenior Technical Business Analyst - ITMSP - Melbourne CBDVIC
- FTJava Developer/IntegratorACT
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)QLD
- CCArcSight Security Engineer - Contract - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- TPJava DeveloperVIC
- FTJunior / Entry Level IT role - Recent IT TAFE GraduateNSW
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- TPICT Project CoordinatorQLD
- CCInfrastructure Test AnalystACT
- FTSalesforce AdministratorQLD
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- FTPMO Specialist - PermanentACT
- CCUnix Systems AdministratorNSW
- CCApplication Solution Designer (Automation) - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCLevel 2 Helpdesk Support (CISCO)QLD
- FTSolutions Software DeveloperVIC
- FTApplications DeveloperACT
- FTFront-End DevOps Developer/Consultant - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- CCService Desk Quality Assurance AnalystNSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperVIC
- FTERP ConsultantQLD