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Good build quality, flawless sound, very easy to use.
on 2 November 2011
As our Sony micro system (bought in 1992) finally died on us recently we started shopping around for a replacement, which turned out to be the Roberts MP43. The radio arrived in a sturdy box and cushioned with expanded polystyrene at each end. I marked Roberts down for this because they're not using the more usual and much more environmentally friendly recycled cardboard instead. That said the radio was well protected and arrived with a mains cable, remote control (with batteries), a selection of iPod dock adaptor plates and an instruction book.
Setting up is childs play. I connected the mains cable to the radio, plugged it in and turned it on, and then put the aerial up. By the time I'd go the batteries into the remote the DAB receiver was all tuned in and I've yet to open the instruction book, there has been no need.
The radio, having its own telescopic aerial, has excellent reception (both DAB and FM). Playing a CD is as simple as inserting it into the slot, after which the radio automatically switches over to CD and starts playing. The iPod dock will charge your iPod (tested with an iPod Classic from 2007) and as if that wasn't enough you can use the line in socket on the back to feed in an external source. In addition the radio sports line out and headphone sockets (all sockets are 3.5mm stereo). The front panel of the radio sports a selection of touch-sensitive buttons with which you can do everything if you were to mislay the IR remote, which also allows you to do everything.
In summary Roberts have produced a radio that exudes build quality, sounds fantastic and is very easy to use. It may feel a bit expensive (you can certainly get the same features for less money) but for me it has been worth every penny.