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Roberts Radio Sovereign DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Digital Radio - Balmoral Blue


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  • Digital Radio
  • FM Wavebands
  • Separate bass and treble
  • Headphone Socket
  • Portable - Batteries or Mains
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.1 Kg
  • Item model number: SOV-BALMORAL
  • ASIN: B008PSXB8M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,153 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The Sovereign with DAB/DAB+/FM is a modern version of the Vintage R500 first released in 1964. The Sovereign radio features an angled cabinet to make a startling design statement and a significantly larger speaker to provide exceptional sound quality. The radio is available in three regal colours including Windsor Green, Sandringham Burgundy and Balmoral Blue, colours all fit for a Queen. Separate bass and treble ensure you can change the tone to your own requirement and ith easy to use rotary controls and RDS station name display this is a fantastic addition to any home. Dims 19x27x11.9.

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Radio
Instruction Booklet
Mains

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Radioman on 8 Aug. 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS - on day one of my ownership of a Roberts Sovereign in Balmoral Blue. Fit and finish of the radio is very good, it looks handsome and the inside of the cabinet is fitted with a high quality plastic moulding which includes the battery compartment. A sleek adaptor/ mains lead with 1.5 metres of cable is provided which looks the same as that bundled with the Roberts Expression. This attaches at the side of the unit, a pity as it cannot be hidden from view. The unit has 2 Watts output, not 1 Watt as described by some retailers. This radio should hold no fears for a new DAB user, extend the ariel, switch it on and after a thirty second scan you are away.

RECEPTION on mains and battery is exceptional, the very best I have encountered having owned many Roberts and Pure radios. The ariel can remain retracted unless you select FM or are listening to a neighbouring region's programmes and my set can clearly receive a station transmitting over fifty miles away.FM reception is strong and clear but the radio favours strong clean signals as opposed to ultimate sensitivity, again very usable and I was able to listen to FM programmes interference free in my poor reception area.

SOUND QUALITY - Is good for music and about perfect for the spoken word. Classic FM, Jazz FM and Radio 2 sound great,good smooth, clear and enjoyable.Compared to a Pure 1XT and Roberts Expression the sound has more weight with the added bass and is superior, in my opinion, but the Sovereign does not have the dynamic range or punch of say a Pure Evoke 3 or Pure Evoke 2S. What it does have is the usual smooth, easy going and listenable tone which Roberts fans love and this is underscored by a nice decent sized speaker which provides some welcome bass.
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By Technophobic on 3 Sept. 2014
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I've just taken delivery of this set and I've only had time to try out the basic functions but it seems to work very well. I was able to power it up and use it without looking at the manual but this isn't my first DAB set so I am quite familiar with the little beasts. One of the reasons I bought this set was because it is advertised as being DAB+ compatible. Well, there is nothing in the booklet about DAB+, only DAB so I've a a feeling it will require a software upgrade in the form of a download (or something) in order to run DAB+? Hum.

Aside from that it is a nice looking radio of course. I do like the BASS and TREBLE functions although I would have preferred separate knobs for this (like on the original Hacker Sovereigns) rather than having to push the volume control. It amazes me how many receivers there are on the market with no tone controls at all! I really can't put up with a radio that has no tone control. These Roberts Revival sets are naturally very bassy anyway so you'll probably want to cut it back to "0" for both speech and music.

I should say I'm not a great fan of DAB, I'm barely tolerant of VHF/FM. I shall continue to use my good old analogue radios for LW, MW & SW listening.

One other point I'd like to make concerns the speaker grill. It has a nice brass colour when viewed from above but if the radio is on a shelf at or above eye level it looks a yukky muddy brown colour, plus the speaker and plastic gubbins are staring you right in the face! A CLOTH cover for the speaker would have been much nicer.

I have my doubts about the 120 hours battery life, even from four beefy D cells, it reminds me of those MPG statistics that car manufacturers like to bandy about. Still, we'll see.
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By Maureen on 4 Jan. 2015
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A real heirloom classic. Beautifully made and very tactile. Be warned, it is heavy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M Smith on 11 Feb. 2014
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It has a very smooth sound, clear with a good bass and it looks very good too. I would recommend it to anyone.
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