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At first I was so disapointed with this. I thought I was buying a normal speaker, but small enough to fit under my pillow. I very nearly returned it because it was so quiet. On the phone's loudest volume, you can bearly hear it. At night thought, it's a different matter. I've found there is a fine line between being loud enough to hear, and so loud my wife can hear it.
Because the max-volume is quite low it means the increments it changes by when adjusting the volume is equally low - this means you can turn it up and down by several steps until it gets to the iideal volume, unlike using a traditional speaker where I found it was too quiet on one volume and too loud on the next, this is perfect.
Having used the speaker for a couple of months, I can safely say I'm please with my purchase. It certainly helps me sleep better. However, if I lived anywhere louder - like on a busy street, of in the middle of a town - I doubt it would be loud enough to mask the external noises.
This is a neat little product, and does what it says on the tin. Solid construction, it seems, as one would expect from a Roberts product. Strange thing is, though, that used in combo with my Roberts DAB radio, the volume isn't quite high enough - even with the radio set at maximum. I spend more of the night straining to hear what I'm trying to listen to than drifting blissfully off to sleep. Which obviously kind of negates the desired effect. However, last night, I had a flash of inspiration. I have a little Fiio amplifier which I use when out and about with my iPod Classic to overcome the volume restrictions on that particular device while enduring the ambient cacophony that is London. Bingo. Plugged that in-line between the radio and the speaker... YAY!
All this is the fault of the radio itself, probably (Roberts iDream), the maximum volume just isn't sufficient through the headphone jack. Never had to worry about this until I moved in with the partner last year. Ho hum.
This was a present for my wife. It is well designed and works superbly. I considered one of the several stereo two speaker versions (from other manufacturers) but felt these would be difficult to position satisfactorily and rather pointless. There is no volume on the speaker but this is a minor problem as it is easy enough - if not potentially easier - to use the control on (in this particular case) the I-pod. There is no instruction leaflet supplied to, for example, explain the direction control; minus a star.
I will give this a 4 star rating as it was extremely quite when connected to my iPod classic at full volume. I am assuming that it needs some sort of amplifier if used in the iPod classic and maybe other devices. I could not connect it directly to my iPhone 8plus without finding and using the adapter so I used my bluetooth adaptor from my car and connect via my iPhone. Now I have to turn my iPhone nearly fully down. I cannot comment on how this will work on other devices.
I agree with many other reviewers about volume control and audibility through a pillow. The oval shape and soft touch casing made it suitable to nestle into the neck and continue to listen comfortably, Interestingly, I’ve slept through the night, since its arrival. Directions for use are on the reverse of the unit.
Very very quiet. But ... if you want to listen to subliminal messages without earphones jammed in your ears this is perfect! It's quite big so you need to position it near your ear at the bottom front of your pillow as too big to lie on .. but it works great and doesn't wake you up.
I find my Roberts Radio Pillow Talk Speaker invaluable. As I don't seem to need more than about 4-5 hours sleep a night I used to find myself twisting and tossing for hours getting more and more frustrated. Then I discovered the Pillow talk speaker which I put under the pillow attached to my old fashioned radiogram and listen to the radio and my talking books, which I can borrow from my local Library.
Always fall asleep with it switched on to BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. To listen to it the speaker needs to be under my head because the radio has to be at full volume which is not what you expect. The sound quality is about average but you wouldn't expect better for the price.
It works fine but is quite large and since my husband has supersonic heating and complaints he can hear the noise from the pillow I have to place my ear directly over it under a quite thin pillow to hear it without hubby complaining and this means it hurts my ear a little from the pressure of the large diameter of it. Seems robust tho which is better than other pillow speakers I have tried.