New lease of life for British audio brand

By Anita Jaynes on 5 August, 2014

Goodmans is a familiar name to British consumers having first emerged into the market place in 1923, putting entertainment technology into hands and homes.

For decades Goodmans stood for wide access to everyday audio products from loudspeakers via in car audio systems to digital TV.

The audio side of the brand disappeared for many years as the company focused on their success with Set Top Boxes while the digital switch over happened, but the brand is now back with a brand new product range and a fresh perspective on design and usability. Goodmans’ ambition is to win a place in customers’ hearts again through accessible technology at a sensible price point with a brand to match.

TBE were sent two radios from the new product range to review earlier this month. We received the new fifties style Heritage digital radio and the Canvas portable digital radio.

On arrival day we were excited to open the boxes as the packaging design is highly appealing with modern, simple design – similar to products in the market place with a much higher price tag.

First to unwrap was the Heritage radio. A nostalgic 1950s inspired radio offering the latest technology including DAB digital radio, FM radio and Bluetooth.  Easy to set up with just an AC Adapter for power we were off. Not one for manuals, I decided to use my common sense and went straight to set up. The Heritage is easy to use with a clear LED display, function bar (ie) sleep, mode, info alarm and two control knobs to the side- one for volume and one for function selection (ie) radio stations, setting the time etc.

I selected ‘Bluetooth’ as I wanted to try out my iPod sounds on the new speaker system. With a little help from Paloma Faith I tested out the audio quality and again I was impressed with the clear sound. The radio offers an equaliser setting should you wish to tinker and choose a setting to suit your musical style.

After test number one I moved on to trying out the DAB function. Again, with easy to select stations we were off and more soulful sounds were infiltrating the TBE office.

In a nutshell. We were impressed with a price point of £99.99 it looks the part and is perfect for at home or in the office. Only downfall… It’s quite deep and takes up quite a lot of space- but then again is this not part of the vintage fifties charm?

TBE also carefully unwrapped The Canvas portable digital radio as this one’s for you! We’re running a competition for all TBE readers to have the chance to win one of these streamline, ridiculously light radios perfect for picnics in the park or festivals this summer.

The Canvas has a 9 hour battery life, an easy to read scrolling display and sounds clear and crisp.

To enter the competition and win a Goodmans Canvas DAB portable radio worth £24.99 email press@varndev.co.uk telling us what year the Goodmans brand was launched? Please include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address to send the prize should you be the lucky winner.

The competition ends at midnight on Sunday 31 August 2014.

To see more of the Goodmans product range visit: www.goodmans.co.uk

The Canvas Slate

The Goodmans Canvas Digital Radio