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Roberts MP53 Sound 53 CD/DAB/FM Digital Sound System with Dock for iPod-Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • CD/DAB/FM digital sound system with dock for iPod
  • Includes clock, multi-function alarm, multi-function remote and 20 staton presets
  • Six-position equaliser and separate bass and treble
  • Record from CD and radio to SD/USB
  • MP3/WMA playback via CD/SD/USB
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 35.8 x 12 cm ; 5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: MP53
  • ASIN: B001MVQYJC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

Product Description

If you are looking for stunning sound, chic style and smooth functionality, a superior sound system radio that will also play your iPod without the need for separate speakers, then the new Sound 53 digital sound system with dock for iPod is for you!

The big brother of the Sound 43, the Sound 53 comes complete with a dock for iPod, allowing you to play your favourite music through its powerful stereo speakers. This beautiful sound system is the perfect accompaniment to any modern home, finished in an acoustically tuned wooden cabinet with an attractive high gloss piano black finish and an ice blue display backlight.

The DAB or FM wavebands allow you to listen to your favourite radio stations and multi-format CD player is incorporated for playing audio CDs and recorded CDs with MP3 or WMA files. Furthermore, you can use a USB stick or an SD card to record any of your favourite songs from the radio or your CDs, or to playback MP3 or WMA files from your PC.

The multi-mode alarms let you choose whether to wake up to a buzzer, the radio, or to your music from your iPod, CD, SD card or USB memory device.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

254 of 257 people found the following review helpful By Chris Audio on 5 Dec 2009
While I agree with the sound quality of this unit being superb, there are several issues with this unit which I think are not highlighted enough in the other reviews.

Firstly the controls are terrible/non-existent. In fact almost every function has to be accessed from the remote control. You cannot even stop/pause on the unit itself.

I found using the unit in alarm/wake up mode in the mornings, I could not use the volume control on the unit itself. So most of the time I resorted to turning the unit off completely.

The backlight is not a problem and can be adjusted via the remote control, and the ipod docking/radio tuning is a smooth process.

For anyone who misses having controls on the unit - I would strongly advise checking out the lower model in the range (without the SD/recording facility).
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365 of 370 people found the following review helpful By Dave A on 18 Jan 2009
This is a great product. The sound is first class and better than any standard micro Hi-Fi with those bulky separate speakers I've had before. It's nice and easy to use in fact when you get it just plug it in and it tunes in all the DAB channels and sets the clock. The functions are easy to use and I've managed to work most them out just with the remote and not using the well laid out and explained book that comes with it. The iPod dock is great but you I don't get the track playing info etc on the MP53 display when my son's iPod touch is connected. I think this is not unusual as it's the same with a friends Sony system. If you've got loads of music on your computer you can copy it onto an SD card you can then slot the card in and play from that...easy....reduces the needs for loads of CD's. The system picks up DAB well all stations are shown as strong signals when I slightly struggle with signal strength normally.
Also I love the look of it, its piano black and glossy and it does have a 10mm wide silver/grey band around the front which cannot always be seen on pictures.
I read loads of reviews on the MP23 and Mp43 and one of the few complaints was that the power and display lights were too bright for some users in the bedroom; I have mine in the lounge but can imagine that the same could still apply for the MP53. I'd compare it to a mobile phone screen level of brightness if that helps.
Would I recommend it to others... most definitely at just over £200 in my opinion because of the sound, looks, functions and ease of use you'll do well to get more for your money...
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159 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Phil Deer on 25 Jan 2009
This is an outstanding piece of kit. The plug-and-play feature mentioned in Dave A's review is very helpful, and the sound quality is superb, especially for such a small unit.

I particularly like the fact that you can unscrew the telescopic aerial provided, exposing an RF socket so that you can plug it into your loft aerial for perfect FM and DAB reception.

A word of advice, the setup is som simple that you might be tempted just to throw the instructions in the drawer and get on with it. Do have a read through them though, as there are a few functions in the book worth knowing - especially the ability to customise the light settings on the display so you can dim them!

Thoroughly recommended.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Richard S on 28 Sep 2010
The positives of this product are well documented in the other reviews: sound quality is excellent, display is clear and bright, solid build quality, attractive unit, etc.

When I was reading some of the reviews before purchasing the Roberts MP53 I noted a number of people complaining about the remote. I thought this would be a minor negative, that the remote was simply clunky and unattractive.

In fact, the remote control barely functions at all. It is without a doubt the most unresponsive remote control I have ever come across on any piece of electronic equipment. As another reviewer acknowledges (September 2009 I think), you literally have to aim the remote directly at the unit in a straight line for it to function. Even if you are at a slight angle, the Roberts MP53 refuses to acknowledge your button pressing, no matter how frantically applied.

I'm sorry, but for an expensive product like this it's completely unacceptable. The remote renders the Roberts MP53 inoperable at times. You can't just flippantly press the up volume button or the next song button - instead you have to get up out of your chair (or your bed - I stupidly bought this for my bedroom) to align yourself with the IR port.

You might make the same mistake I did, thinking "oh, so what about the remote? I care about the sound quality, the dab radio, etc.". Don't make that mistake. Your whole interaction with this thing is through the remote control, there are very few commands you can operate on the machine itself, outside of volume and power.

I regret buying this enormously, and I've already relocated it to my sitting room where it gets little use. It's a real shame, because everything else about the Roberts MP53 is great but it's let down horribly by the almost criminal neglect of its designers to produce a remote that actually functions.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By pikeman on 3 Jun 2009
I bought this (from my local independent retailer who recommended it based on my pretty vague idea of what I wanted) about a month ago and it is very very good - sound quality is excellent.
Setup of the DAB stations is very easy (to the extent that I thought I must have missed something) in that basicaly all you do is plug it in and turn it on!
It's pretty intuitive for the radio/cdplayer so these work without looking at the instructions.
iPod dock works using the iPods own controls (again without reading the manual - but two minutes with the manual allows you to use the remote for all the ipod functions, equally 30 seconds with the manual allows you to preprogramme DAB stations. The unit charges the iPod as you use it as well (at the risk of stating the obvious! - note:it won't charge the iPod in the background though if you are listening to, say, the radio)
I haven't used the recording to/playing from USB stick/SD card - or played anything from these inputs but going by track record they will be v. easy.

I paid £280 for mine - but actually the professional advice was worth the extra money, without it I would have spent £100-£150 on a far far inferior piece of kit.
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