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Brilliant retro-looks with this bluetooth enabled DAB radio
on 25 March 2014
This really is one of Roberts' very best products. It looks really good, with styling that could have stepped right out of the 1960s, including the flexible carry strap and the black grille with the Roberts logo. You really want to own this portable radio and it will attract a lot of comments.
This is a DAB/FM radio with Bluetooth functionality - out of the box the radio scans for DAB station availability - where I am it found 32 stations without the antenna being extended. Reception was good... I've got a few radios at home, all of them with varying reception capabilities - I'm glad to say that the Roberts does particularly well without needing the antenna to be extended.
Sound quality is good though not outstanding - probably a little better on speech than music where there is a slight lack of bite on the treble frequencies. The single speaker has a reasonably good bass response, if somewhat close to lower-mid than anything - For spoken radio it delivers good clarity and definition whereas music is only passably good.
Bluetooth functionality is excellent - pairing the radio with my Ipod and Iphone was easy and once done the pairing stays - all you have to do is switch the radio to Bluetooth mode and let your mobile device connect. A blue light on the radio comes on and it beeps twice when a connection is made. It's plain sailing from there - very good sound quality from up to several meters away. I stream a lot of BBC Iplayer material but also tested it using Spotify and ITunes to stream music, and TuneIn to stream a couple of internet radio stations. This radio copes superbly with Bluetooth and it is a great reason to buy one of these -it may not be an internet radio on its own but by using your mobile device, you turn it into a radio every bit as good as a dedicated internet radio with none of the disadvantages (reliance on single portal etc)
This is a portable radio so although it comes with a mains adaptor, it takes 3 D-Cell Alkaline batteries. There is no re-charge facility (some of the Roberts range now allow you to charge a set of rechargeable batteries) but to me its not really a problem - the manual claims that with 4 hrs use per day, I should be able to get 120 hrs listening out of one set - that is a lot of listening and my first set of batteries are still going strong.
The only gripes I've got with this product (and not enough for it to lose a star - maybe 1/2...) are
No tone control - sound quality is subjective and I like to be able to make a few tweaks
Only available in one colour - Roberts would sell more of these radios if they were available in a range of colours, black is not to everyone's taste...
Apart from that - nothing to fault -this is an excellent all round product. Retro looks with 21st century features... Recommended