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What a beautiful radio! In person it is just as good-looking as the pictures show. I have read very favourable reviews for the sound quality of this radio and all products of Roberts are highly regarded, so I bought this little radio with confidence. Owning a tiny Sangean WR-7 and an even tinier Muzen wood radio I was looking for a well-built retro compact radio that is a bit bigger and with it a bigger sound and one that is not dependant on charging a non-replaceable battery. DAB radio is a plus, just for those occasions FM is too noisy. This radio is very easy to use, I didn't need to read the manual at all, DAB reception is good, although I need to use the antenna to receive the Dutch Radio 4 (classical music). Blue tooth, although it initially took a long time for my iPhone to find Rambler's signal, works just fine. Build quality is as expected nice, although very light weight, I wasn't expecting that, the tiny Sangean feel more solid. So everything is fine...except for the sound that is. This Rambler is three times the size of the Sangean WR-7 but the sound of the Sangean has at least three times more weight. And with weight I don't mean a vulgar bass boost, (Bose or Apple Home pods are not welcome in my house), I mean a solid well balanced, well defined and grounded sound. This Rambler doesn't sound tinny, not at all, but it completely lacks bass, there is not even a hint of lows or any warmth. It lacks soul and depth. With the Sangean and a lesser degree the Muzen, you're not listening to a speaker, the sound flows, it projects very well. With the Rambler I am listening to the sound of what appears to be a poorly dampened speaker unit, a somewhat hollow sound. I assume only the side plates are made of wood? Not saying it objectively has poor sound quality, not at all, the sound is very clean and it goes loud without distortion. But for music it is too thin sounding, everyhting from cello to bassoon lacks body. Is this radio perhaps exclusively made for the spoken word? Listening News radio or a radio play will be superb with this radio, I guess. I had confidently bought this radio to keep, not to try. (I had to buy a UK to Euro plug to use the AC adapter) What a shame, I didn't expect the radio to sound like it does. Sorry, but I have to return it.
I bought this radio as I've already have Roberts because of the quality and sound of the others I have. This radio I like very much but was disappointed the fact when I put in my battery's it had already been tuned into all the stations I know that from the others I have bought you tune in yourself all the station I got In touch with Amazon saying this radio was not new that it was already tuned into all the stations and that it wasn't brand new it was second hand as someone had already had this radio tuned it in and returned back to amazon because they didn't want it. I got in touch with Roberts head office they assured me they do not tune in any radios when you buy the radio you tune in yourself I had told them mine was already tuned into all the stations that's why I contacted them. they said someone had already had that radio if it was tuned into stations and retuned it to Amazon
So to me my radio was not brand new felt cheated whoever had this radio shame on you for doing that I reset it to factory settings. was going to return it but couldn't be bothered Sorry Amazon you didn't help me with this one you kept telling me it was brand new and that Roberts maybe had tuned the radio at the factory was not true shame on you too for doing that to me.
It looks lovely and its sound quality is fine unless you are really picky, but suddenly there's no sound despite everything looking to be working. Contacted the manufacturer and they were very pleasant and responsive. While I was packing the radio to send away for repair, I decided it’d be prudent to try and see if it works one more time, and lo and behold, it was working again and it’s been working ever since. I sleep better now knowing that there is a responsible manufacturer behind the product even if something goes awry. It’s a good product and it’s a good company.
I really wanted to like this DAB radio - its attractive and lightweight and I hoped it would be a great portable for carrying around the house.
But reception was patchy, battery consumption was high, and it was complicated to set up and operate. But worst of all was that it completely malfunctioned after a week. So I got a replacement and the same thing happened after 3 weeks.
So I bought a Roberts FM/AM radio instead which is perfect for a quarter of the price!!
Looks a lot better than it sounds. This is a really good looking radio. However it's purpose is to play music and the sound quality is really poor. It is tinny and has little to no bass or depth of sound at all. There is ni way to adjust the sound settings either. In years gone by I'd never expect decent sound from a small device but these days there are so many examples of small speakers / stereos with great sound that this Roberts radio falls well behind.
Really disappointed with this radio. Thin tinny sound and useless for music as has no warmth or bass whatsoever and so makes for a bland unsatisfactory listening experience. For near £100 it’s just not nearly good enough. You are paying for the brand and retro styling and Roberts seen content to let you have a cheap radio thrown in with it.
As above, an overpriced paperweight. Aesthetically this radio is ok but after that it ticks no other boxes. Please do not waste the postman's time ordering this, simply the worst sound quality imaginable, if you have a good mobile phone you can achieve better placing it in an empty glass.
Real shame as I have had nothing but good things to say about Roberts Radios in the past as I have one at work, one in the shed and bought one for my uncle for work as a gift and they are excellent but this radio other than looking nice sounds awful.
We bought this for our son and daughter in law for Christmas they love it. Quite a bit smaller than anticipated, but having said that it does show photos of it next to items to give examples of this. I am sure it will come up to scratch when used as it recommended this on ‘ What hifi ‘ magazine.
I bought this as a radio for my bedroom. Its simple enough to set up, the sound is nice, it has quite basic features compared to some digital radios, but my needs were quite basic (I listen to Radio 3, 4 & 6) so its all good for me. I believe it can operate as a clock radio but I have't got that far with it. I'm happy with my purchase
Sadly this radio falls well short of the Roberts name. Sound quality and feel of radio just didn't hit the mark. East to set presets but not easy to recall the presets. Overall not a great radio . I rated it 2 star but just about.