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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun straight out of the box, 9 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Robert Stream 205 Stereo DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio - Black (Electronics)
For a radio with so many options it is a remarkable achievement to make it so simple to set up. Being somewhat familiar with the technology I took it straight out of the box and had it up and running on the internet in a couple of minutes without opening the manual. I'm not a HiFi connoisseur but I found the sound good too, benefiting no doubt from the largish case(for a portable radio).
Setting up favourite internet stations through the web site is also a simple process but I have to admit to referring to the manual for this as it involves navigating through the radio menues to get an identification code specific to your radio.
I live in a DAB gray area, the DAB receiver worked fine until I turned the bedside light on. Not a problem of this radio per-se but DAB seems particularly prone to interference from energy saving lights, something to watch.
Persuading my Windows 7 PC to deliver music also required one more step than I anticipated as the radio found the PC fine but the PC wouldn't share any music. Definitely worth reading the manual for this.
Navigating the BBCs listen again service is a little daunting. Unlike the BBC web site which has structure, on the radio you are presented with an alphabetical list of everything which is available for the chosen channel. Still it works just great when you have found what you want.

Minor niggles (or why I didn't give it 5 stars):
* Why isn't the clock backed up with a separate battery? It temporarily looses the time when switching from mains to battery (but gets it back again automatically).
* Why does plugging the adapter in glitch the power? It takes the radio 30 seconds + to start up after power loss which is probably OK if it only happens when changing batteries. I keep the adapter by the bed but carry the radio round the house so this happens a lot.
* Why can't radio manufacturers make battery compartments that work reliably? For the first few hours after putting batteries in I fought with the radio turning itself off every time I put it down. I have a Sony which does this too so I used the same fix - a piece of folded tissue paper between the batteries and the removable back of the compartment.
* Where is pause / fast forward/ rewind when listening to listen again items? If you start listening to something and come back to it later it is a real pain to have to listen from the beginning again.
* Where is pause and rewind for DAB and FM? Not essential but a really useful feature if your spouse/partner/child/parent/colleague decides that the middle of your favourite programme is the right time to enter a deep conversation.
* Shouldn't there be an integrated rechargable battery option? 6 "D" cells are not cheap. I'd pay an extra 25 pounds for a built in rechargable battery which gave a days listening (say 8-10 hours) between charges.

OK so having discovered the personality of this radio I still like it, it is packed with features which are easy to use. It is stylish, the sound is good for a portable radio and the minor problems can be forgiven to be able to listen to what I want, when I want, anywhere in the house.
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Initial post: 17 Jul 2012 22:17:31 BDT
M. Alexander says:
re batteries - Roberts make an eco-logic radio that can charge rechargeable batteries in-situ, it is really handy but it is not Wi-Fi enabled.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 16:50:19 GMT
Tyke says:
I have the eco-logic and one other thing that I like besides Robert's standards like excellent sound is that it runs for 80hrs+ on a set of rechargeable batteries.
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