Genus has developed a DAB radio designed around classic styling rather than the modern craze for plastic and metal.

The Type-R looks like a very high-quality retro radio; Genus boasts that it doesn’t have a single piece of plastic on it.

Instead, it has an anodized aluminium chassis, walnut end caps and handle underlay, and a leather back panel.

The controls on it are more closely related to LG’s Chocolate phone than other DAB radios, as it’s the first one with hidden touch controls.

A proximity sensor detects when someone is approaching the display, and illuminates it in red lettering against a sleek black background.

Other features include MaxxBass technology to increase bass performance, and a line-in socket so that DAPs and CD players can be connected to it.

The Genus Type-R is available from October for £150; see

Genus Digital

for stockists.