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Ecologic 1 (RD-59) DAB/FM RDS Digital Radio - Black

by Roberts
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • DAB/FM Wavebands
  • FM RDS station name display
  • 10 station presets
  • Automatic clock set
  • LCD display

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: RD-59BLK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Oct 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,029 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

DAB / FM RDS Digital Radio With ten station presets

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Customer Reviews

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This RD-59 radio is excellent for lightweight/portable DAB reception due to it's diminutive dimensions and economical power consumption.

It appears to have been discontinued now and substituted with a new model, the 'Ecologic 1, which is identical save for the fact that it adds a built-in cell charger....

*** Note Amazon have this radio listed 5 TIMES ! Search on 'Roberts 59' in the 'Electronics' department to see them all. It's worth checking each listing as prices differ....!

However, considering this is meant to be a portable radio I have 3 (admittedly fairly minor) gripes :

1. It could have done with being supplied with a protective carry-case (especially as the finish of the case is quite shiny !).

2. A small pull-out stand at the back so it can be seated at an angle securely would have been handy (when sat on any uneven surface it has a tendency to fall over very easily).

3. Most importantly, there is no carry-strap nor even a facility for one to be fitted.

Even my cheapo 'normal' portable radios have those features !

Having said that, it works great with 4 x high-capacity rechargeable Ni-MH AA cells (with a minimum rating of 2200mAh I'd say ), only requiring them to be changed after many hours of use.

The built-in speaker provides a good reproduction quality, the aerial is 'meaty'/can be extended to some 67cm and there are station presets (5 per band) as well as a 'scrollable' station selector (which shows any secondary stations and can also can be set to auto-select the displayed channel after a few seconds pause).
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super little radio 27 Feb 2008
After being disappointed with my purchase of a Pure Evoke 1s and eventually returning it to Amazon for a refund, I bought this little black number and am very impressed with such a clear rich sound quality from such a small radio. It also lasts several weeks between recharges using 4 2500 mAh Ni-MH batteries. It's a lot of radio for little money.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money 21 Mar 2008
I wanted a little DAB radio for work and needed one that worked by batteries as well as mains power, alot of DAB radios got bad reviews for having low battery life, then i stumbled across this little gem and have been very impressed so far.
Well done to Roberts for making an outstanding radio!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true protable 24 Oct 2008
I bought this radio because I wanted a small and really portable little radio, and I am delighted with it. The reason that I decided to post this review is that I have just read in Which? November 08 magazine it has been rated a "Don't Buy". Apparently their "listening panel" didn't mark it well on sound quality.
I have found in the past that Which? can get very sniffy about goods that are perfectly fine.
I actually already have an Evoke DAB which was a Which? best buy a few years ago when DABs first hit the streets. It weighs a ton and never moves from where it sits in the kitchen.
So if you want a real portable tranny with excellent reception and perfectly good quality sound then go for this Roberts one; it's just great.
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