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I’ve had 2 of these and another non-solar Roberts and, on all of them, the push buttons for On/off or DAB/FM selection start to malfunction after a while - the radio turns itself back on after a few seconds or it becomes a struggle to change bands. Since it happened on all 3 radios, it’s clearly poor components being used. They can be repaired, but not cheaply. On one of the solar ones, I’m now getting the speaker vibration mentioned in another review
I bought this radio because I have about six Roberts radios of various vintages and have always thought them to be the Rolls Royce of radios BUT Roberts have dropped the ball here... firstly the sound is very bassy and there is no treble control whatsoever so you're stuck with it. In effect bass=10 and treble=) so the sound is unbalanced. Secondly the solar panel doesn't charge on my bathroom windowsill. I'm surely it would be OK in full sunlight in my garden but I'm not using it there! It gets through conventional batteries very quickly and the rechargeable (supplied) batteries last an even shorter time On the positive side, the tithe favourites (pre-sets) facility is good and the design is very modern and pretty with it. Sorry to have moaned but if you're reading this, Roberts, how about a rethink on the treble control? Until then I would recommend Pure radios over Roberts - the crown has slipped!
Further Review - 5 years on.,, still going strong, does recharge itself (mostly - sometimes not in the grey days of winter!) still miss a treble control but my wife thinks it does the jon in the en-suite. I guess it’s turned into value for money in the end. But I wouldn’t buy another and I still think Pure radios are altogether better.
Looks good - when you take it in your hands you feel some light plastic - and then the sound corresponds to the cheap material. Horrible. I would never buy this again. Nothing to be compared with their other radios. A big blame on Roberts!
My first one was so good I bought another. The first one stopped charging after about 18 months so replaced it. The first one packed up completely after three years. The other two will only run on mains and the on/off buttons are starting to fail. Would not buy again.
i have just been reading some of the same reviews as i did when i purchased my ( Roberts DAB / FM Digital Solar Radio - Black )today will be the second time i am sending this model back and the last time, the one i sent back first would not charge ,the second time on the 26-07-2012 the exchange one is going back roberts help line seem to think its a problem with the works inside as i have put two sets of fully charged batterys inside and it cuts out after 20 minutes it may last an hour if im lucky, the thing i will say in fairness roberts helpline do answer the phone and try to help,i phoned amazon 25-07-2012 and they are collecting on the 26-07-2012, thanks for reading my review and hope you all have better luck than me.
Considering this is a Roberts it is not worth the price just to have a solar panel. I wish I had done my research better as the sound quality is very woolly and above all it appears to be a stereo with the twin swept perforated sides but is in fact a mono which rather negates the addition of the input for MP3. I wouldn't bother unless you really need a solar rechargeable unit... and to be honest a separate solar charger would offer a better option coupled with a rechargeable radio. All in all a disappointing purchase, though Amazon no quibble returns cannot be criticised.
This radio would be fine apart from the random vibration that occurs and which wrecks the sound quality. We do not know why, or whether the radio is bad or the components cheap. Roberts radios are usually wonderful, but this experience has left us rather disappointed.
The sound on this radio is a rather dull but that's not too serious as I don't anticipate using much for music. Of more concern is the performance of the solar charging. Even though I keep the radio on a window sill where it gets goosd sun the radio still needs mains charging fairly frequently.