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Roberts Radios Gemini Digital Clock Radio With Instant Record


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  • DAB/FM RDS wavebands
  • 20 station presets
  • Large analogue clock
  • Instant record to SD card
  • Four alarms - wake to DAB, FM, SD Playback, Aux In or buzzer

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: CRD33
  • ASIN: B000WZF6R0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Oct 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,728 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Roberts leaders in DAB Digital Radios bring you a new portable clock radio with a host of functionality. Ideal for the bedroom kitchen caravan or wherever you need great quality music with a small footprint it also includes SD card playback and recording and an aux socket to connect any MP3 player. CRD-33 FM RDS/DAB Digital Clock Radio with instant record FM/DAB wavebands Large analogue clock Automatic clock set Instant record to SD card PausePlus and rewind functions MP2/MP3 playback via SD card Playback of MP3/iPod via auxiliary input socket Automatic adjustment for summer and winter time 20 station presets (10 DAB and 10 FM) Adjustable intensity blue backlight Four alarms – wake to DAB FM SD playback Aux In and buzzer Nap timer - up to 60 minute timer alarm Adjustable alarm level Headphone socket Line output socket AC adaptor included Size (mm) 165(w) x 165(h) x 115(d) Weight 980g

Manufacturer's Description

The Gemini 33 (CRD33) DAB/FM RDS clock radio with instant record blends modern design with a reassuringly traditional clock face and adjustable intensity blue backlight. The four alarms allow you to wake to DAB/FM radio, SD playback, auxiliary in or buzzer. The Gemini 33 has an instant record facility to the SD card, PausePlus and rewind functions, automatic adjustment for summer and winter time, nap timer, adjustable alarm level, headphone socket, line output socket and auxiliary input socket for iPod/MP3 playback.

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Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Pooley on 11 Sep 2008
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I bought this because I wanted a radio alarm that would wake me to an aux input, which this does really well. It worked out of the box and I have had no trouble with it since purchase. It really ticks all the boxes for me. The light of the analogue clock can be a little intrusive indeed lights up the whole bedroom; but they have thought of that and you can turn it down to nothing if required. Getting used to analogue style clocks took a bit of getting used to after so long with digital but as I can still tell the time proper no probs. So my view is trust it enjoy it. Don't be afraid of the alarm setting rigmarole, it's the same as all other soft setting alarms, you have to go thru the various options to get it done how you want it, it's just not a problem.

Over the years I have owned this product I have had two problems with it, the first was sorted by the supplying retailer as it was still under warranty. This particular problem was that the stations would not hold and everytime it came on went straight to absolute radio.

This I found out was a common problem at the time.

The second problem was that the time refused to settle.
This entailed a return to Roberts via their repairs procedure. There is a cost, but not excessive. The set was sent in and returned repaired a few days later. Excellent service.
Been OK since
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Laurence Williams on 22 Oct 2008
The Roberts CRD-33 has many useful features which would not normally be associated with a clock/radio, even if it is DAB capable.

*** Note Amazon have this radio listed TWICE. Search on 'Roberts CRD-33' in the 'Electronics' department to see them both. It's worth checking each listing as prices differ....!

The most notable of these is 'Pause Plus' (DAB only), an SD card storage capability which allows radio programmes to be recorded (but there's no timed-recording facility) and MP3 files to be played and 'Aux In'/'Line Out'/headphone sockets.

I find the 'Pause Plus' live record/pause/rewind of DAB broadcasts very useful and it should be noted you can record something which has already been broadcast if it is able to be 'rewound' to (this is an undocumented feature which I discovered and Roberts were unaware of !); multiple recordings can be saved to memory card.

The 'Pause Plus'/file playback facility is quite well-specified, allowing not just pause, but also fast-forward and rewind (albeit only in 30s 'chunks'). As the unit apparently has firmware based on that also utilised by the RD-55 and RD-59 it unfortunately only has a maximum 'memory' of some 8mins. When playing files, the associated music file information (if available) is displayed on the lower line of the LCD. Having said that, you can only search for particular files by 'scrolling' through all the files stored on the card (which can get quite tiresome...) and they don't seem to be stored in any logical order.

I also think the playback operation controls (which double-up as the radio station preset buttons) are not very well placed, as they are directly on the top of the unit and the legends have no forward-visibility.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Cummings on 8 Sep 2008
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This is a stylish unit that goes well in any situation. IF you read the instructions carefully you will have no problems setting it up. Do not assume you know how first or you will mess things up! Other reviews have complained about the lack of ID tagging from the music stored on the SD card, but this is a minor issue that is not a real problem if all you want is a bit of music to listen to in the bedroom. My one very slight moan is that it doesn't remember where you stopped listening so if you do not want to listen to the same tracks again you have so skip tracks to get to where you want.If that is an issue just plug in your MP3 player and it should be sorted! The sound is very good and it does everything needed very well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Law on 3 Dec 2009
Good features as already documented by other reviewers, must disagree with the 'buzzer not loud enough' It starts quietly and builds to a max volume set by a concealed knob to quite acceptable level for me and also changes tonal pattern every 20 secs or so to keep you alert.

My main criticism is it has no non-volatile memory therefore a power cut looses all your saved stations and alarms - annoying. Why not use the SD card to store settings Mr Roberts if you must penny pinch on no internal flash memory.

The SD card playback only 'sees' files in the root folder so all your files are bundled together with no chance of putting them into separate album folders.

And finally the most annoying feature is toggling through DAB-FM-SD-Aux functions the SD option always hangs for 4 to 5 secs each time as it scans the SD card which is frustrating as you then over press and the loop overshoots what you want then it hangs again next time around.

All the above niggles could be sorted by firmware changes please consider Mr Roberts it would make your good product GREAT.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JulesRules on 13 Jun 2009
This is a lovely looking clock radio and whilst the speakers won't fill the room with perfect audio, it's only a bedside unit - fantastic for that. The light is fully adjustable if you're a light sleeper and all of the features are great. Only irritation is that you can't select which DAB station you wake up to - it just uses the last one you were listening to. (You can get around this if you are able to use the FM broadcast of your chosen station).

However... First unit I got didn't work. The clock hands just spun round and wouldn't set. Roberts were helpful and we checked everything but they said it was faulty so to return it. Now, just 18 months later, the replacement unit loses all of my saved DAB stations. Not every time I switch it off but 5 times in the past week I've had to resave them.

Although it's got great features and I really like it, I have to raise the question of quality. I may just be unlucky though, hence 3 stars.
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