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Great little alarm clock with lots of functionality
on 12 November 2013
I recently got a nice, smallish Roberts DAB clock-radio (with a lovely analogue face) and was pleased with it's functionality, generally, but felt it was somewhat lacking in the sound department - the speaker was on the back, so reflected off the wall, and was generally tinny and weak on bass. Anyway, my mum commented that she needed a new clock radio and wanted to go DAB, so I gave it to her and bought a Blutune 50, the big brother to this model. I was so impressed with it, that I bought the Blutune 40 for my son's birthday. The only difference between the models is that the 50 has two speakers and a subwoofer, whereas this is mono. However, while the sound quality can't quite match up to the 50, it is still a pretty great speaker - probably becuase the speaker is on the front rather than the back!!
Unboxing and set-up was a breeze - simply plug it in, unravel the little wire aerial, and it tunes itself in. The sound quality is warm and straightforward, not flashy. It performs admirably at high volumes, and the minimum volume is barel a whisper - perfect for when he is listening to audiobooks to go to sleep to.
Best of all, it excels as an alarm clock radio in all the same places that the previous Roberts did too, which makes it very surprising that this isn't being advertised as a clock radio but rather as a 'soundsystem'. It has multiple alarms with multiple settings (daily, weekly, length of snooze, alarm source and volume etc, plus a multi-brightness dimmer for the display), as well as sleep functions. The buttons are simple enough to use, and I didn't need to consult the manual once - though they could have seperated out some of the buttons (e.g. you have to hold down the 'on' button to access the sleep mode, then twiddle the volume to adjust the length of time). Again, the buttons don't illuminate when pressed, making it much more difficult to operate in the dark, and there are no raised bumps or ridges to help you easily identify them by feel alone.
The blutooth is simple to setup - simply hit 'Mode' to cycle through DAB, FM, AUX to BLU, then ensure your phone/device has blutooth enabled and scan for the device (it shows up as a string of numbers like an IP address) then click 'pair'. Seconds later, you're playing music wirelessly through your speaker - you can control volume either through the radio or via your phone. There is also an aux in for MP3/CD players without blutooth, and also a headphone jack. And best of all, there is a USB port on the back, meaning you can charge your phone or whatever through the radio, freeing up a plug by the bed. They've really thought of everything!
I cannot recommend this system highly enough. I've always been a Pure man in the past, having bought two of their models and finding them increadibly easy to use. However, the Blutune 50, and it's little brother the 40, are fantastic models.