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The sound quality of very good, it makes the world of a difference to what I have been used to so very pleased with it. I tried to use it in the garden a few days ago thinking the batteries would be charged and wondered why it wouldn't work! Another life lesson! RTFM - I should have read the manual and put it on the correct setting for the batteries to recharge! No comment on battery life or solar power charge at the moment. Very please with the radio though!
Like all Roberts radios this model is well made, sturdy and well designed. Having read many of the reviews here I just don't understand the people who have given it less than 4 stars. Since initially charging the batteries with the mains charger I have yet to plug it into the mains to re-charge the batteries. It sits on a windowsill and it is in use for at least four to five hours a day most days. The solar charging keeps it well charged.
The reception in this area is a bit iffy at times and a previous DAB radio we had sometimes struggled to hold the signal without a lot of popping sounds. We were constantly altering the position of the aerial and often the radio itself. Not with this Roberts! It sits in the same place all the time and it picks up the DAB signal with strength to spare.
For a radio with a small speaker the depth of sound achieved is remarkable, but here I come to my one small gripe. A radio costing around £70 should have a tone control. The one slight fault with this radio is that the sound is quite strong on bass, surprisingly so for a small speaker. A tone control would have cured this. Instead it has a "Favourite" preset button which is used to tune to the station which is listened to most. This, of course is ridiculous because by virtue of the fact that it IS the station most listened to the radio will spend the vast majority of the time TUNED TO THAT STATION ALREADY.DOH!!! A tone control or three-five position equaliser at little or no extra cost instead of this stupid "Favourite" button and this would be a definite 5 star product.
Having said that this is a great product, the sound is very good, if a little "bassy" at times, the solar panel works very well and it looks good. I would recommend it to anyone.
So far I have found this easy to set up and use. The sound is mellow with no distortion. So far no problems with reception. It has a finger gap at the back but could do with a handle as I intend to use this the garden, hence the solar charge version. Outside on a winters day the charge light lights up to help with charging the battery. Do read the instructions when putting in the batteries as there is a switch to determine if you are using rechargeable batteries or not. It would help if the manufacturers actually wrote 'rechargeable' on the batteries provided as although they are green in colour it is not that clear. Not given 5 due to lack of handle. Can't comment on the duration of charge yet as have not used it long enough. Addition- I have been using this for over a year and use it daily. Some additional points to add. Firstly, once charged the running time on this device is very impressive. Secondly, the solar charge works when outdoors which is useful if you are a keen gardener, however it takes considerable time to use solar to fully charge the batteries. Thirdly, it has survived being dropped a few times- still could do with a proper handle. Remain very pleased with this purchase.
Really good radio.bought it for the solar power for off grid. Charged batteries up covered the solar panel and played the radio as a test to see how long they would last on a full charge without solar input. The radio played on dab for well over 20 hours before charge light came on. Solar charge light comes on even in low light. The only niggle is saving favourite stations to memory. Will have to study instructions as it doesnt seem straight forward. But it's so easy to scroll through channels I probably wont even use favourites anyway.
Only just received hence 4-star rating. Will uprate to 5-star if this radio proves reliable over months (years?) to come. Amazon's delivery was rapid considering it was free (2 days).
I like the build quality, styling and rich full sound which still has detail - some say it is too bassy but it is to my taste in sound quality but a tone control would have been a good and not unexpected feature at this price point. Please note there is NO tone control.
As I understand it the radio uses solar energy to recharge batteries and does not run directly from solar but I could be corrected on that belief? Some have complained it doesn't run direct from solar but I don't think it is meant to. Solar is to charge the batteries when away from a mains supply, and the radio must be switched to rechargeable batteries and obviously have 3 AA rechargeables installed. It can also run on standard alkaline AA batts.
Looks to be a lovely portable radio and better than my previous Roberts Ecologic 1.
Not had this long but so far it has performed well in normal function, by that I mean that as of yet I have not had a chance to charge it with it's solar function (mainly because not much sun around to charge the unit) however I did manage to put it on a window cill on one sunny day and the charge indicator lit up to say it was receiving a charge.
My only disappointment has been with the non ability to alter the tone, there is quite a lot of bass with my radio, I think it would have been better to have slightly more top end or treble, it is only a minor problem as the tone is fairly acceptable and it does grow on you with time.
All in all another first class product from Roberts which I would recommend to other purchasers.
Roberts DAB / FM Digital Solar Radio - Black
This is an excellent DAB radio and generally easy to use. The sun has hardly come out since I bought it so I haven't used it on solar much and like all DAB radios it does get through some batteries when off the mains and rechargeable are a necessity. You can recharge the batteries while still in the radio though so it is not much of a hassle. Mine went wrong after about 11 months, losing the speaker and earphone connections. I use the earphone a lot and notice that the earphone socket is integral to one of the circuit boards and I think that this has caused the component to work loose on the board with the pressure of the jack in to the socket. Good design would have a separately wired socket from the board.But on the plus side when I sent the radio directly back to Roberts they repaired it promptly under warranty. I have also smashed an aerial which although appear reasonably robust are easy to break. If you have to buy a replacement aerial think about getting two as the extra one is only a couple of quid more.
I had bought this radio after being misled into thinking digital broadcasting had reached where I live. I found it hasn't yet so I can only rate it on the FM capability. For a compact radio with small speaker I found the sound surprisingly good. As we suffer from a lot of power outages in winter, we had no electricity for 53 consecutive hours in January, the solar panel to recharge the batteries seemed a good selling point and was one of the reasons I chose this model. Now I can't wait to head south with it to a region where I can test its DAB performance and to see how well it picks up a digital signal in a moving car. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because I haven't been able to rate it on DAB yet.
I wanted a DAB radio that I could move around the house. Like all Roberts radios, this is a quality product that does what it says on the box. I have charged it from the mains once in the month or so that I have owned the radio, otherwise it sits underneath a Velux window and appears to be happily charging away! The charge light is noticeable in full sunlight, however the radio batteries appear to be charging even in the recent grey January and February weather when the charge light is not glowing noticeably. The controls are straightforward and easy to use. Only four stars as the sound quality is adequate (better than poor, but not as good as another favourite Roberts radio. This is a good general purpose radio for moving around the house and listening to varied speech programs, but possibly not the quality for listening to your favourite music.