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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.
Had to return this because the DAB preset function was faulty. The radio isn’t very user friendly. Changing from one station to the next is very slow. And above all the sound quality is very disappointing! Poor show from Roberts. Perhaps if you don’t buy their extortionately priced top spec radios then you don’t get much. Replaced the radio with the Panasonic RF-D100BTEBT which Is brilliant so far. For only a tenner more, it’s a million times better, in every aspect.
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!!
I purchased this as a replacement for an 8 year old Roberts "Revival" Radio that stopped working. In faiirness, it was in the kitchen and suffered some minor abuse oover the years. This Roberts "Rambler" replacement has a smaller footprint and makes a decent subsitute for the prior unit. But the sound quality is mediocre and the controls are not particularly user friendly. This might have something to do with cramming tuning, presets and other controls into a relatively small area. However, reception in the DAB mode is quite good and the case has an attractive look. All in all, a reasonable unit that serves the purpose. But with some speaker fidelity improvements, it could have been very good.
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.
DAB, FM and Blutooth are easy to use . I found internet stations difficult to locate but once I'd downloaded the undok app to my phone it became much easier. I love the look and sound of my radio and pleased with the purchase. A smart speaker would probably do the same job cheaper but I am a radio fan.