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Wanted a small radio for the garden with the updated technology such as Bluetooth and was very pleased with what I got. Nice and compact and ideal for listening to DAB radio or music from my phone. Looks good too and takes very little space up and very portable, I like the strong handle that is ideal for carrying in and out of the garden. I Wanted to ensure that I purchased and installed the right rechargeable batteries so read the manual and it states quite clearly that N.MHi Rechargeable LR6 batteries must be used to avoid damage to the radio, after spending a day look for LR6 rechargeable batteries in various shops they only had HR6 so contacted the supplier who through back a statement that "any" AA batteries could be used ! which conflicts with themanual. Now waiting for a reply whether HR6 and LR6 rechargeable batteries can be used and unable to use this facility which is why I scored only 4 stars. Usually Amazon state when purchasing items that when brought additional items were purchased with it such as batteries but not on this occasion.
Loving this cuboid little cutey. I chose this one because it was one of the only radio alarm clocks with single press buttons for presets - honestly why would anyone want to deal with multiple button presses and scrolling to get to your favourite stations when you're in the dark and/or half-asleep? This one has 5 dedicated preset buttons (more than enough for my favourite stations). The alarms, once set, can be turned on and off with a single button press (again most others including my old pure siesta) force you to go through the rigmarole of scrolling through options. The volume control is very fine-grained with the lowest setting really very quiet indeed, which is great as first thing in the morning my ears prefer waking to gentle sound. Bluetooth is an added bonus for when I want to listen to radio downloads from my phone. It's lovely and compact so doesn't take up much room on your bedside table. Finally it looks kind of retro funky in its boxy simplicity. Love it!
Firstly, I haven't given a star rating for the category 'Sheerness' as I have absolutely no idea what that is! This is a good DAB clock/radio, with an excellent sound and a small footprint. It is one of the very rare models available which has a USB MP3 input available so top marks to Roberts for recognising that not all consumers are able to (or want to) exclusively use a smartphone to play their own music through via their radio. This radio would have merited 5 starts except for a three significant issues: (1) the display is very small, and the use of dark purple 'highlighting' to select a menu option on a black background renders the display just about unreadable for older users, or those who have poor eyesight, particularly in a darkened bedroom which is, let's face it, the intended usage of the radio; (2); the buttons on the top of the radio (dust gatherers) are silver on silver with teeny tiny grey symbols on them - impossible to see, really; (3) there is absolutely no mention that MP3s will only play in the order they have physically been copied onto the USB, rather than in the usual numerical or alphabetical order. It took me a week of frustration to stumble upon this completely by accident - I'd almost got to the stage of tearing my hair out when I couldn't get my tracks to play in numerical order (and yes, I'm technically competent and know all about metadata, tags etc). From what I have read, most radio purchase and usage is now by older consumers - why are Roberts not catering to this market? Are they missing a trick? Do they actually get older users to test their products whilst still in the development stage? If not, they should!
There’s a lot to like with this radio. It’s packed with useful features - Bluetooth, variable alarm settings (daily, weekday, weekend..., alarm length, volume, etc), USB playback and smartphone charging, DAB & FM presets...It also looks great, in that retro Roberts way, complete with leather carrying strap and old school telescopic aerial. I love the choice of analogue or digital standby clock face. And, despite some reviews to the contrary, I found it very easy to set up and operate.
What lets the whole thing down is the poor, lifeless sound. It’s a small portable radio and unfortunately it sounds like one. DAB generally has never won any points for sound quality anyway, with most stations broadcasting in low bitrate MP2 but previous Roberts radios we’ve owned have always made a good fist of it. And having also owned small Bluetooth speakers in the past, it clearly is possible to put some meat into the sound output of something this small. Sound quality for FM and Bluetooth fair no better.
It’s a shame because I love everything else about this clock radio. It ticked all the boxes for form and functionality, nothing else I could find offered everything I was looking for. I just wish I’d listened to it first. I’ll probably only keep this for a short while and then look to get a Pure Evoke H3 but I’ll be sacrificing smartphone charging for decent sound. Shame.
I bought this as i was looking for a radio to go in the bathroom. I know that it can be used with rechargeable batteries which was the main reason for buying it but the battery life was very short and, truth be told, the reception was awful. The only way you could pick up stations was with the (very big) aerial extended fully. I expected it to have much better reception than this because another Roberts radio that I have in the kitchen is fine and the location of this radio would have been on the 1st floor by a window. Also the sound quality was quite poor and tinny which was another reason for returning it.
I have gone back to using a Bose speaker and my phone on wifi. The sound quality is much better and the battery life is longer. As long as the kids haven't stolen it for their enjoyment.
I would not recommend buying this radio. Buy another Roberts that is designed to be plugged in and has bigger, meatier speakers.
I purchased this radio for my bedroom, there is alot to like about it eg. Bluetooth, Usb, 2 alarms and waking up to a set channel. All of these things are great, I just think the radio looks unsightly and the sound quality isn't very good, but in the bedroom it's fine for the amount of time that it is used.
A nice looking radio with the ability to charge its internal rechargeable AA batteries. The blue-tooth worked very well with my smartphone. Its a good radio for the bedroom but i'd say not the kitchen or bathroom as I believe its not good with wet or greasy hands. The only thing I did not like was the 'set alarm' buttons. I keep pressing them by mistake when aiming for the preset buttons. Consequently the radio some times wakes me up in the morning when I'm not expecting it to.
Nice little unit let down by tinny sound as other reviewers have mentioned. This radio is a great size and feels well made but why oh why didn't Roberts add and equaliser as it's crying out for one to add some depth to the sound . Sent back and I shall revert back to my Pure H3 which is several classes above but just a little more money
This ticks all the boxes, its portable, you can use re-chargeble or normal battery's, I connected my mac book, and iPhone to the unit with ease., DAB works, FM works. Also unit can be powered via USB cable, which I find useful to charge from car or camper van etc. The preset station selection and general functionality of controls is good, someone has thought about it, so quite intuitive. I notice some reviews complained of sound quality, but for me the sound quality was good.
If you require a good sounding DAB+ radio with alarm that doesn't take up much space on the bedside table this is a good choice. It can display an analogue clock face or a digital display which can be dimmed to a low level for sleep. You'll probably need to do this as the display would be too bright otherwise. It could do with a little more bass but I was surprised at how compact it is. My wife really likes it compared to the old one!