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Firstly I'm a hi-fi nut, and this radio sounds absolutely amazing, pure hi-fi in miniature. Very absorbing to listen to, great definition: everything from speech through symphonic and solo piano classical music to Detroit techno; it handles them all beautifully. Simply stunning. And it looks great - mine's midnight blue - retro design without affectation. Perfect. The buts? It automatically cuts out after 10 minutes when playing phones, pads or laptops via Bluetooth or Aux In. A trawl of the Roberts website appears to blame the low output of such devices - though mine are all set to maximum output... But why don't Roberts simply set the threshold level lower in the radio, so it doesn't cut out when using these devices? That would be the logical route I think. I've done a factory reset and will see if that cures this very irritating problem. Battery life is not good. I get a couple of hours at medium volume from a full charge. Not 10 hours definitely! But these niggles apart, this is a first class product and I would definitely recommend it. Updated Feb 2020. The Bluetooth connectivity of this device is pathetic. Try swapping between Bluetooth devices. No chance. My car audio does it effortlessly, this radio? Nope. Go and switch off every Bluetooth device you own, reboot the radio, reboot the device you want to listen to. Maybe, just maybe, the radio will find the new device, Switch devices? Start again Ye gods. .So here's the verdict: it sounds great. Really great. It's connectivity issues are appalling. A great DAB/Internet radio etc. But forget Bluetooth or Aux In. What a missed opportunity to make a classic. Such a shame.
This is quite a substantial radio compared to most modern radios, which hopefully means good quality build. It produces a good room filling sound with no perceptible distortion, there are a couple of annoying things though, firstly the power lead could be longer, second and possibly more important if the works with Alexa will influence your purchase is that although this is stated as works with Alexa that was not my experience. Firstly you need to download the undock app and link it to your radio, you then need to find Alexa skill Frontier Nuvola, create an account and enable the skill this is linked to the undock app rather than the radio. To me this looks more of a workaround rather than works with Alexa ie. enabling the radio as you would do with a with a smart speaker etc. Personally I couldn't be bothered especially after reading the reviews for frontier nuvola, the undock app does everything I want and does it well. Forget Alexa and enjoy a good quality radio with internet streaming included
Arrived perfect condition (I'm abroad so not always the case from UK) I am a technophobe so I waited for my bf to do the set up but it was actually very easy and the instructions, should you need them, are simple. It looks great. The undok app is easy enough for me to install and use (see above technophobe comment 😉) I wanted something to just press a button and it to work. My boyfriend is an audiophile and loves playing and adjusting to get great sound quality. This radio suits us both. Enough said. *Had 1 issue... When placed in a position by a wall, radio had internet connectivity issues, moved location and seems much happier.
The sound quality of this radio is excellent. We have a couple of B&O speakers and the Roberts compares very well. It's fairly straight forward to set up and streaming radio is good as we have poor dab reception. It looks lovely in my kitchen and I'm very happy with it. Haven't used batteries yet so can't comment on that. Excellent radio that looks lovely and would definitely recommend.
I really like this a lot! The sound quality is really quite good, especially if you are just using it in a small/medium sized room and not trying to fill the whole house with music. The bass is really great/deep. The actual radio looks great and is super stylish and built with quality. I tested the DAB vs internet radio, and the internet radio is far superior and well worth the money. It also means you don't have to worry about reception and using the aerial. I am actually also using it as an alarm and was REALLY happy that when the radio wakes you up, it starts on a low volume and gradually gets louder, making it a much nicer experience to wake up to. The alarm was also a lot easier to set than expected, and alows you to set 2 alarms for daily, once, weekdays or weekends! I think you can set at least 10 radio station pre-sets. For some reason when I searched for the radio stations (really well known ones) they wouldn't come up, so I had to search for them all manually which took a while. However once you get them in, it's great. I'm good with technology and even so, on initial set up I struggled to get it connected to my wi-fi, I think the instructions could be better. Initially I tried to do it through the WPS push button on my router, which didn't work. If you want to connect it by entering the password (as you would when connecting to your phone or laptop), you have to search for the router through the wizard where it finds it for you, and then select the option to enter the password, but it's called something else which wasn't immediately obvious and took a while to find by going through all the options. However once I got it set up and updated the software, I've not had any connection issues. Using it with spotify is amazing and works a charm. If your phone is connected to the same wi-fi network then it will automatically sync up with the radio. Even with the radio off, if you press play on your phone, it will play through the radio, which sounds so much better (compared to my iphone). There is a slight 3 second delay between pressing play and hearing the audio, but really not a big issue. I love how album covers will display on the screen! Another great feature is that you can dim the brightness of the screen so that even when the radio is off, the backlight stays off which won't keep you awake at night if you have it in your bedroom or using it as an alarm. Don't know what the battery life is like as I keep it plugged in through the mains. Also really like that you can plug a USB cable in it to charge your phone if you want. My *only* slight niggle is that the shade of blue is ever so slightly darker than what I expected, I expected it to be a more pastel blue however I would say the colour is very true to the picture and more of a dusky mid tone blue/grey. However that is my fault and I should have seen it in person, I probably would go for the white colour next time as I think that looks prettier. This is my first Roberts radio so not sure how it compares with older models.
In principle, great unit. However, ever since setting it up I've had an annoying high frequency sound emanating from the speaker. Its realtively low volume but it can be heard over quite passage of music and spoken word. It seems to oscillate at times to a slightly lower tone. I've reset the unit tried or with no wifi, differing power sockets etc. Its still there...surely thisnisnt meant to happen? Perhaps it's a dud unit? Has anyone else had this problem before I send it back? Thank you.
Update, a replacement was provided my Amazon in 24 hours (thank you Amazon!). However the noise is still there, so I conclude it is just a poor engineering / production problem with this model. If you have a unit, put your ear up against the speaker during quieter moments and see if you can hear it. I'm sitting a meter away from the unit and I can still note it. Such a shame as otherwise it's a great radio that has to be played loud or that you need to sit away from.
This is almost "excellent" but in the end is just "very good". There's a lot packed in here with all the smart features. Having access to my Tidal account and Amazon music. Also having Spotify and Deezer access for those that have them; And having bluetooth is a great & a "must have" these days. In the end it is a very good smart radio with decent (above average) sound quality and can double up as a stand alone "bluetooth speaker". The unit is a bit smaller than I anticipated and IMHO this is where it has been let down. I feel that had this engineering gone into a slightly larger housing the sound could have been much improved. If only the sound out of this Roberts iStream 3 matched my Bluetooth Speaker it would have been absolutely Brilliant!! I could then have ditched the Bluetooth speaker . . . but NO chance of that now :-( This iStream3 is the same dimensions in hieght & width as my Bluetooth Speaker but nearly 4cm less in depth. My Bluetooth Speakers is also slighltly over a Kilo more in weight. My Bluetooth Speaker that this unit should have sounded like is . . . . a Marshall Kilburn. If it had matched it for sound I would have sung the praises of the iStream3 to the rafters. Sadly, though it is just a very good smart radio I can not say it's excellent. Overall Score from me is 7/10 - Wish it coulda been "Tops" !!!
I was after a way to playback my 200+ CDs, without the need to have some fancy hi tech thing, plus a radio with good sound output that would look in an older house. I did a lot of market research and found many units offering USB playback but most sites were lacking details of how the USB playback performed, e.g. capacities and search options. Then I found the What hifi review of this radio in their internet radio section. I read the detailed online user manual and bought one. Fantastic. It can take a 256gb stick with tracks saved via Windows Media Player. Just a couple of points to note: the stick must be formatted as FAT32, ExFAT32 wont work, but don't panic as there are free utilities online to reformat to FAT32. My high capacity rechargeable batteries only lasted a few hours, but this may improve over time. The UNDOK app works really well and simple to setup. PS my scandisk stick cost £9 for 64gb, I have used 14gb to store 200 CDs.
Delivered quickly, relatively easy to connect to wifi, it can be done with WPS button. Work well with amazon music, and other music places, as well as using usb flash drives with music files on it. I am happy with the sound, it's very good, one can use equiliser and treble buttons to adjust the sound. Only limitation is the number of favourite station you can save for preset function, only 10 for DAB and internet radio each. Very good quality product and I love this radio. User guide is very helpful and and covers many topics explained patiently. Hopefully, the radio will last. Highly recommended. Happy with the purchase.
Great retro look and bags of functionality. The sound is good for the size and overall I am pleased with the purchase. There are a few criticisms I need to point out which prevent me from giving a five star rating:
1) Annoying delay from powering on to actually hearing radio signal. The delay is several seconds long with the charger plugged in which is bad enough but almost a minute long when battery powered. The minute long delay occurs immediately upon removing the charger plug. Say, you would like to listen to the radio and take it with you you have to remember to first turn it on (whilst still plugged in) then disconnect from charger and carry with you. Do it the other way around and wait for nearly a minute for the radio to play.
2) Bluetooth implementation is a bit dodgy for Android devices running Android 7/Nougat. The volume increments are very coarse but even worse, whenever a device connects the radio plays a full volume!
This is a very good device and I have purchased another one as a present and the person I gave it to is also very pleased. I am getting annoyed though when I forget to turn the radio on at 12.59 and miss the first minute of the news.