|Manufacturer||Roberts Radio LTD|
|Model Name||PLAY 10|
|Tuner Technology||Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)|
|Mounting Hardware||Owner's Manual|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Has Audio Recording||No|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 18 x 10.5 cm; 230 Grams|
|Item Weight||230 g|
|Manufacturer||Roberts Radio LTD|
|Item Model Number||PLAY10|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||11 February 2020|
Roberts Radio Play10 DAB/DAB+/FM Digital Radio with Simple Presets - Black
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
|Item dimensions L x W x H||5.5 x 18 x 10.5 centimetres|
About this item
- FM/DAB/DAB+ - Built-in FM/DAB/DAB+ and with the handy radio station pre-sets, you can access your favourite stations at the touch of a few buttons
- Ideally portable - As the Play10 is powered by batteries, you can carry your favourite music and playlists around with you; or, if you'd prefer, you can power the Play10 using a mains socket
- Personal listening - If you want to take your music elsewhere to listen in peace, there’s even a handy socket so you can listen with your own headphones without disturbing or being disturbed by others
- Searching, made simple - The backlit 8 character starburst display makes it easy to search and scroll through menus, so music discovery is even easier
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Play 10 Go digital with a personal radio that won't break the bank. The new PLAY 10 is a sleek and compact portable radio has all the latest DAB radio features with a large easy to read display plus user-friendly selection settings making it the perfect introductory radio to digital radio. Legal Disclaimer Please contact us prior to requesting a return for an item. Returns without prior contact will not be accepted or refunded. If the item is found not to be faulty we will not refund the postage. The cost of postage will be calculated as 10% of the value of the sale. Only the cost of the item will be refunded on these returns. For items that have been offered on free postage & packing a deduction from the sale price will be made before refund. Box Contains Radio mains lead
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If a firmware update could possible add this feature then it would be better, because of the missing sleep timer I give this a 4 star because I firmly believe that this radio at this price should have this dedicated function. This radio is not to be used in the office only whilst I look for another radio that has presets, good volume control and a SLEEP Button............... what an oversight Mr Roberts!
I was expecting to be able to program the preset buttons to some suitable stations and then show mum how to use them.
Sounds simple, here's what happened:
1) I turned it on and was able to figure out how to get it to identify the stations. (I should have played with the radio before I gave it to her - Mum is perplexed as to why I need to consult a manual before I can even get any sound out of it. Should have played with it before I gave it to her, then I wouldn't have felt such a wally...)
2) To tune into a station you rotate the large knob to scroll through the list, and then click the knob to listen to the listed station. (Disappointingly mum's was not particularly interested in finding out about the 74 stations that were accessible, she only needs two.)
3) You can save a station to one of the three preset buttons by pressing that button and holding it in until the display indicates that it has been saved. (Success! Mum's happy because we are thinking that all she needs to know is that Radio 4 is programmed in to Preset Button One and Classic is programmed in to Preset Button Two)
So far so good. Mum's pleased with the quality of the sound - and it looks very much like she can handle turning it on and off, adjusting the volume and using preset buttons one and two. I leave her happily humming along to classical.
A few days have passed and it's all gone horribly wrong.
All three presets have mysteriously been programmed in to the same station. Mum's now permanently stuck on Classic - it's a disaster, she can't get "The Archers"
It's hard to resolve the problem over the phone and Covid presents a challenge - OK to visit on Christmas day itself, but another visit later on would be illegal.
Here's what she had done. She'd been happily listening to Classic (Preset Button Two) for a few days but then she gets adventurous and decides to switch to Radio 4 (Button One). So she presses Button One and the station doesn't change, it's still playing Classic. So she continues to leave her finger on Button One, and still no change - it continues to play Classic.
Confused? I was, until I figured it out:
To change the channel a short press on the preset button is needed. You won't hear the targeted station until you lift your finger off the button. If you allow your finger to linger on that button for a nanosecond too long it will re-programme that button to the station you are already listening to.
So to recap, what she tried to do was to switch from Classic to Radio 4. What she actually did was re-programme the Radio 4 button to Classic. Leaving her with 2 buttons programmed to Classic.
Hope mum will remember not to do this again, wish us luck!
If you must buy this for someone who is technically challenged then here are some tips:
1) Buy two of them and keep one for yourself - it will be easier to provide help over the phone if you have an identical device in front of you while talking them through how to re-tune or re-programme the darn thing.
2) Make sure they understand the difference between a long push and a short push when using the preset buttons.
3) When changing the station using the big dial you need rotate the dial as expected, bit also need to push the knob in until it clicks in order to switch to the chosen station. This is a concept that might need explaining to people who first learned to use a radio during the age of steam and haven't experienced any significant differences in the way they operate up until now .
4) If there is any grumpiness (and they are a monarchist...), it might help to tell explain that Roberts is the same brand that the Queen uses * Although I wouldn't be surprised if she needs a manservant to change the channels for her on this particular model.
* it's got a "By Royal Appointment" logo on the packaging, (like B&H)
Personally I think the software behind the preset buttons could have been better designed, but wouldn't be surprised if there isn't anything better at this price point.