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What a disappointment
on 24 March 2014
I bought this to replace a Roberts Sports 988 radio which has just started to fail after many years excellent service. I chose the Roberts DAB3 because MW reception of Radio 5 Live is generally poor and I was spending a fortine an AAA batteries.
In many ways the Roberts DAB3 is great - it looks good, its a neat size, DAB and FM reception seems pretty good, it can run for about a week of average use after a 4 hour battery charge, the display can be set to turn off after a short period. But, what were they thinking when they added the sleep timer function? The Sport 988 will always turn itself off after about 90 minutes - and if I want to listen for longer I just turn it on again. The DAB3 let's you set different sleep time periods (good), but you have to reset it (through a not straight forward set of menu options) each time you want to use it! As I mostly use the radio late at night I want it to turn itself off after, say, 1 hour every time I use it. Why would they think you'd want to reset it every time??
Then there's the volume control - two buttons to step through volume levels. The quietest setting is not quiet enough, the steps are too large, the buttons are fiddly. What is wrong with a wheel and a full range of volume levels? Thirdly, there's a background his which is a bit annoying. And fourthly, I find the supplied earphones uncomfortable.
So overall, pretty disappointing. The price suggests this should be a top of the range pocket DAB radio so they should have given a bit more thought to the design process.