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5.0 out of 5 stars
Typically Roberts!, 31 May 2013
This is a very neat DAB/FM radio with a few tricks up its sleeve. It also features two message memory banks where you can record and leave a message for other occupants of your home - very useful in a world where family members are passing ships in the night. It is suitable for a kitchen, bedroom or living area. As I see it these are the other pros and cons of this set;
- A nicely styled and constructed radio which delivers really good sound for its size. I live near the Sussex Coast where DAB reception is difficult for my HiFi tuner but not it seems for this Roberts DAB radio which pulls in about a dozen DAB stations and plenty on FM too using only the modest write antenna supplied.
- The volume is good and can be cranked almost all the way up before distortion sets in and has that "signature" mellow Roberts tone.
- Settings for alarms etc. are quite logical and have their own large, clear buttons on the top panel.
- Ten presets each on DAB and FM bands plus a nice clear backlit display for tuning, RDS data, time and date etc.
- Mains or battery powered using 4 X C Size cells - inserting batteries seems to give the resilience to mains failure for the alarm settings etc. It uses a separate mains adaptor.
- Headphone, auxiliary input and USB upgrade sockets.
- Clear indication of waiting message(s).
- Because of the vertical design it has a small footprint and the underside is rubberised to prevent scratching furniture.
- Slightly complex controls for some functions - the backlight for the clock/tuning display are controlled in an entirely different way to the "Moonlight" which illuminates the port underneath the radio and dials etc. As this issue appears to cause so much confusion in other reviews on this page here's the detail -
Display backlight dimmer
There are seven brightness levels and an almost off 'night-time' setting.
1. In order to adapt the intensity of the display to suit the ambient room
lighting, press the Backlight button to select the dimmer and moon
light LED brightness.
The backlight level will change at the same time so that you can see
the effect of each setting.
The moonlight feature may be set to be either on or off.
1. Press and hold the Menu button.
2. Rotate the Tuning/Select control until 'MOON LED' appears on the
3. Press and release the Tuning/Select control to enter the menu.
4. Rotate the Tuning/Select control to select either 'ON' or 'OFF'
5. Press and release the Tuning/Select control to confirm the setting.
Overall, especially given that this radio sells now for nearly half its original price, it offers a novel but well executed design, messaging and alarm facilities together with quality sound in a distinctive package. Recommended.