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Roberts ECO1BK Ecologic 1 DAB/FM RDS Digital Radio with Built-in Battery Charger - Black
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- DAB/FM RDS radio WITH 10 station presets AND Search/manual tuning
- Runs on rechargeable AA batteries (with built-in battery charger) or via the mains (adapter included)
- Easy to read 16 x 2 character LCD display with Amber display backlight
- FM RDS station name display
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The Ecologic 1 is a member of the Roberts brand new Ecologic range, developing and enhancing our products to become more environmentally friendly. The Ecologic 1 benefits from all the usual fantastic features of a Gemini 59 and is an extremely compact portable DAB/FM radio measuring just 160(w) x 105(h) x 35(d) (mm). This tiny gadget is only slightly bigger than some personal radios on the market!
However, the Ecologic 1 has built-in battery charger, enabling you to recycle rather than having to purchase new batteries at the end of their life. It's improved power consumption also ensures the batteries will work for longer.
The Ecologic 1 is simple to use, when you first switch it on it will automatically tune in all the radio stations available. You can then go through and store your favourites on the 10 station presets. The Ecologic 1is a very easy to use portable radio, perfect for outdoor listening with it's built-in battery charger, alternatively it can be powered from the mains.
"FM/DAB/DAB+ RDS wavebands
Built-in battery charger - ideal for standard AA rechargeable batteries
FM RDS station name display
10 station presets
Auto time set
Up/down tuning buttons
Amber display backlight
Menu display / selection of all major functions
Easy to read 16 x 2 character LCD display
AC adaptor included
Size (mm) 160(w) x 106(h) x 35(d)
Available in black or white
What is DAB Radio?
DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting, this is a way of broadcasting radio digitally via a network of transmitters. It provides listeners with more choice, better sound quality and more information.
Because of the way DAB technology works, broadcasters can transmit many more stations than ever before. Listeners in most major towns and cities in the UK can receive between 30 and 50 radio stations with a digital radio, in many cases that's more than double what's available on analogue. Because digital radio uses the spectrum more efficiently than analogue, it is possible to broadcast more channels using the same frequency, making room for broadcasters to expand their station portfolios.
DAB digital radio delivers improved sound quality. The technology allows the receiver to lock on to the strongest signal it can find and ignore everything else. This eliminates the hiss, crackle and fade so familiar on analogue radio.
Ease of Use
A DAB digital radio will tune to a station at the touch of a button. No more fine tuning a station to get the best reception. A DAB set allows the listener to scroll through a list of available stations by name - then tune in by pressing the 'select' button.
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to know who it is by or what it's called? Or tuned into speech radio and wanted to know what the programme is about or who is speaking? Digital Radios have a screen which can show text information transmitted by the radio station. Some stations send information about latest news, sports scores, what's on now and next, website address and phone numbers. Some radios offer an option to view the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) which shows listings information for some stations. It is also possible to Pause rewind and record live radio.
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Top Customer Reviews
This radio is priced less that my first DAB radio, 50 quid as opposed to 80 quid. It has extra features and 6 presets for each band giving 12 in total - ample for me.
Superb battery lasting power and really convenient not having to remove batteries to charge them and great signal and sound. Does everything I was looking for as I wanted a portable radio as can easily listen to radio stations on television at home.
This small radio is well built with a solid feel to the buttons. However, the glossy plastic easily collects fingerprints and scratches. Even a soft lint free cloth will create minor surface scratches.
Accessing functions is mostly direct from the buttons on the front panel with a couple of less frequently used functions in an easy to use on-screen menu.
The menus are displayed on the Ecologic's 16 character by 2 line LCDisplay. This has a slower refresh and less contrast than my parents version 2 model. After some checking I discovered this wasn't a fault of my model but seems to be an unwelcome effort to extend battery life. It certainly makes scroll text harder to read than on the old model but it is still legible. Unfortunately, there are no contrast controls so you're stuck with factory defaults.
On the display, you can cycle through: scroll text, program type, multiplex name, time and date, frequency, bit rate and audio type and signal strength. The time and date are set automatically, while stations are autotuned when the radio is first turned on.
Sound is very good with little distortion even at high volume. Voices are clear and crisp and music is bright, if lacking bass as is usual with this type of speaker. Unfortunately there are no controls to alter the sound field such as treble or bass controls.
There are 16 steps to the volume, down from 20 in version 2 and now displays as a bar instead of numbers. The volume envelope has also changed, giving finer control over the lower volumes which is good for those listening through headphones or at night. If you are in a noisy environment, the radio has adjustable dynamic range control that boosts quiet sounds to make them louder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought one of these years ago and it was fine until the little on/off switch started playing up. I had difficulty in turning it on and sometimes had to turn it off half a dozen... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grant Anderson
Wanted a small but good quality radio and this is definitely it. So glad I brought it. Great to take camping, fishing or even have in the bathroom.Published 5 months ago by Miss A Chandler
Like other purchasers, I've had problems with the on-off button once the warranty period expired. It sometimes fails to turn off once pressed, and instead comes back on again. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. J. Combes
I bought this radio in March 2012. It is now March 2016. The radio no longer works. Its only mono. It is not very loud. £12.50 per year. Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. A. Edwards
I bought this, along with another Roberts radio as I expect Roberts to be leaders in this field, how wrong I have been. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Daniel Vise
given to my daughter
she takes it everywhere
decent sound for such a small radio
easy to use
not surprisingly she loves it