Roberts SportsDAB4 DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Personal Digital Radio with OLED Display
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- Built-in rechargeable battery
- OLED display
- 20 Station presets
- DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Wavebands
- Adjustable sleep timer
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The all new SportsDAB4 from Roberts Radio is a compact personal DAB/DAB+/FM radio.
The radio has a superb high contract OLED screen meaning sharp, easy to read text. No need to continually replace the SportsDAB4's batteries as it comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium battery which just needs to be charged from the mains and away you go, which also ensures the unit is lightweight but robust. The Roberts branded earphones are also well built and offer excellent clarity of sound, ensuring your favourite DAB/FM stations sound superb. The stylish black and red cabinet is eye catching and with 20 station presets and an adjustable sleep timer the radio is packed with features.
The SportsDAB also offers key lock making it perfect company for early morning running or evening jogs.
As the SportsDAB4 offers both DAB/DAB+ and FM wavebands you’ll get access to FM stations, plus other stations you already know and love, as well as a wide range of digital-only stations.
If you travel abroad to a European country offering DAB+, the SportsDAB4 will tune into the locally available DAB+ stations, perfect for those European holidays or Business trips.
There’s something for everyone on digital radio. From jazz to rock, classical to hip-hop and speech to sport, there's a station to suit everyone.
Hiss and crackle-free sound.
Easy to tune: find the station you want by name, not number.
Track and artist listings: digital radios display on-screen information, so you can find out what’s playing.
20 station presets
FM RDS station name display
Automatic time set
Built-in rechargeable battery
Adjustable sleep timer
AC adaptor (included)
AC Adaptor and earphones included
Rechargeable Lithium battery
Size(mm) 48 (w) x 94 (h) x 17 (d)
Ear phone caps
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Top Customer Reviews
Now having one in my hands, I was delighted to find it continues the high quality of Roberts design and production. It has all the attributes I would expect in a DAB device.
Only one disappointment...the data display screen! So much information is displayed that the size of font has to be minimised to fit within the screen dimensions, which makes it necessary for me to use 'reading' specs when changing stations, especially in broad daylight...an irritating procedure.
Otherwise, a marvellous device.
It was the Robert Sports with speaker, pure 2500 or this one. I popped in to a well known retailer and found the Roberts sports just too big for travel - but great if you want a portable with speaker (though I have the Roberts Eco1 and prefer that), I really liked the Pure 2500 - especially with the bass and treble control...but it really is a bit too quiet - I tried it with a number of headphones and if you were out - I think it might struggle. The Roberts DAB4 is a little plastically but the upside to that is its light - its also the smallest of the three. Sound is great - display is too small - but I only want to select the channel then I dont look at it again. Like the on off button - instant click - no holding down for 3secs. The usb charging socket and cover does look a little flimsy but once closed its fine - Ive just been careful when charging.
Overall - its 7-8 out of ten for me - good radio light, loud, DAB+ and great sound - stock headphone are very good too (and I use Sure 535s normally).
It really comes down to what you want to use it for - mine is for the commute and the odd thing around home ie DIY time - I use it once or twice a week on the move - so small & light with high volume when Im in London on the tube/train. FM-RDS isn't on the others either - though the DAB+ is pretty good so doesn't really matter.
However if you are a hard user ie could get knocked about - maybe try the pure - solid metal case - lovely kit just too quiet.
However there are a few points about which you might like to know before purchase:
- as other reviewers have stated, the display writing is very small (to the extent that I do need to wear my glasses to read it)
- although you can change how long the display is on for, this seems to make little difference to how long it is on bright (it dims after a couple of seconds regardless of the time you set). The upshot is that the useful text which tells what what tune is playing gets as far as "Now Playin.." and you never get to see what is playing
- reception is variable where I live (although I do have a total of 5 DAB radios) and the reception on this is particularly variable. This is probably due to the headphone lead being the aerial and, when wearing it, it moves out of the optimum position
- you are probably aware this contains no speaker; it is designed to played through headphones only. However, particularly when away on business, I find it useful to play media through a connected speakers. This is where this radio is really, really odd. I connect up an extension lead (3.5 mm jack to 3.5mm jack) and the radio says it has good reception. I then plug it into a powered speaker, it plays for, maybe, a second, and then loses signal. I have tried on numerous powered speakers and the same on all of them. Plug into an unpowered speaker and it is fine (but too quiet). I don't know why this is happening and if you have any suggestions as to how to get round this, please start a set of comments on this posting.
So, 4 stars right now (but if between us we manage to solve the riddle of the powered speakers, I might put this up to 5 stars).
I sent mine back because the mini-USB cover's delicate rubber hinges snapped after ONE, the first, charge. I didn't use any force at all. One hinge was faulty when the product arrived and this predictably placed more strain on the second hinge which snapped on the second attempt to charge it. OK, no cover - you may say "big deal". I mean my phone's USB slot doesn't have a cover and does its job, but this radio is a top-of-the-range item. It is the Rolls Royce or iPhone 5 of DAB radios, so I think it should be special.
The screen is also tiny and you can't see it in daylight. You can with the "OLED" illumination on but this only stays on for about 3 seconds irrespective of how long you set the screen to stay on for. So, for example, you can't read the scrolling ticker-tape banner that tells you what song is playing because the light goes off so quickly. To switch the light back on you must press a button, but doing this DOES something so the ticker-tape screen disappears anyway! It needs a button JUST to turn on the light and not do anything else. Also, I think a plain, large, ordinary LCD screen would be best.
I'm guessing most people exercise in daylight.
The radio sounded good, looks good and kept a signal but irritatingly each time I switched it on there was no signal for my default station so I had to select it from the menu - just a small irritation, but a daily one. The volume is nice and loud, too - it doesn't seem to have a dumb health-and-safety limit like some devices. Like the sliding locking switch because it is easy to use and hard to slide by accident. Anyway, I sent it back. But I like my Aves Air Handheld Digital Radio better, which I will resume using.
PS: Why only red?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this ticks all the boxes.
It is small and light, and charges with a standard USB cable.
It connects to stations well and has very good sound quality. Read more
It did seem to be a nice little Radio at first but then developed a tendency to just cut out the battery was of course fully charged. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeff G
Really nicely designed radio, great reception. It's also amazingly compact so will slip into the smallest of pockets. More expensive than many, but in my opinion worth the money.Published 8 months ago by J. Rose
I bought this to replace the Sports DAB with speaker. I would have preferred like for like but Roberts apparently no longer make the earlier model. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this radio in December 2013. As most have experienced the charge cover snaps off after a couple of charges. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr A D Thoburn
Had this radio for 18months now with no major problems. I use it in the car everyday and have to loop an aux lead over the rear view mirror to get a signal. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jason Brown