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Firstly, I haven't given a star rating for the category 'Sheerness' as I have absolutely no idea what that is! This is a good DAB clock/radio, with an excellent sound and a small footprint. It is one of the very rare models available which has a USB MP3 input available so top marks to Roberts for recognising that not all consumers are able to (or want to) exclusively use a smartphone to play their own music through via their radio. This radio would have merited 5 starts except for a three significant issues: (1) the display is very small, and the use of dark purple 'highlighting' to select a menu option on a black background renders the display just about unreadable for older users, or those who have poor eyesight, particularly in a darkened bedroom which is, let's face it, the intended usage of the radio; (2); the buttons on the top of the radio (dust gatherers) are silver on silver with teeny tiny grey symbols on them - impossible to see, really; (3) there is absolutely no mention that MP3s will only play in the order they have physically been copied onto the USB, rather than in the usual numerical or alphabetical order. It took me a week of frustration to stumble upon this completely by accident - I'd almost got to the stage of tearing my hair out when I couldn't get my tracks to play in numerical order (and yes, I'm technically competent and know all about metadata, tags etc). From what I have read, most radio purchase and usage is now by older consumers - why are Roberts not catering to this market? Are they missing a trick? Do they actually get older users to test their products whilst still in the development stage? If not, they should!
There’s a lot to like with this radio. It’s packed with useful features - Bluetooth, variable alarm settings (daily, weekday, weekend..., alarm length, volume, etc), USB playback and smartphone charging, DAB & FM presets...It also looks great, in that retro Roberts way, complete with leather carrying strap and old school telescopic aerial. I love the choice of analogue or digital standby clock face. And, despite some reviews to the contrary, I found it very easy to set up and operate.
What lets the whole thing down is the poor, lifeless sound. It’s a small portable radio and unfortunately it sounds like one. DAB generally has never won any points for sound quality anyway, with most stations broadcasting in low bitrate MP2 but previous Roberts radios we’ve owned have always made a good fist of it. And having also owned small Bluetooth speakers in the past, it clearly is possible to put some meat into the sound output of something this small. Sound quality for FM and Bluetooth fair no better.
It’s a shame because I love everything else about this clock radio. It ticked all the boxes for form and functionality, nothing else I could find offered everything I was looking for. I just wish I’d listened to it first. I’ll probably only keep this for a short while and then look to get a Pure Evoke H3 but I’ll be sacrificing smartphone charging for decent sound. Shame.
Nice little unit let down by tinny sound as other reviewers have mentioned. This radio is a great size and feels well made but why oh why didn't Roberts add and equaliser as it's crying out for one to add some depth to the sound . Sent back and I shall revert back to my Pure H3 which is several classes above but just a little more money
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2018
I've wanted a DAB radio since they were first announced, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally get one! That excitement has been tempered somewhat by the rise of Internet radio, Spotify, and the likes. Unfortunately my excitement was squashed by this product which didn't live up to it potential or price tag.
The Bluetune T2 is a stylish and compact DAB radio let down by poor sound quality and missing features. This device supports DAB+/DAB radio, FM radio, Bluetooth input, AUX in, and connected USB drive with music files, making it a handy little portable music station, especially when coupled with the optional battery supply and built in NiMh charger. Being able to stream from a smartphone thanks to the Bluetooth connection is a nice feature. A headphone socket allows you to listen privately, although being located at the back is a little inconvenient and for the price I would have liked Bluetooth headphone support.
The device is simple to use, automatically tuning all available stations when you turn it on, 5 of which you can set to push-button presets and a further 25 to presets accessed through the menu (the product description says 60 total but I have jot found this). The colour screen is dimmable to prevent it lighting up your room at night, and two alarm functions allow you to be woken up by your choice of music. The design is stylish and attractive, although the inability to fold the handle back out of the way is frustrating.
Unfortunately, as mentioned, the sound quality is poor. There is no built in EQ or bass/treble control, and the sound really starts to squelch at the top volumes, which isn't especially loud. I cannot find details online but I suspect it is a single speaker. Lack of remote control is also noticeable. This radio would be good for low key personal home or outdoor use, but not suitable for entertaining. All in all a decent device but lacking in quality and features which make it not worth the £130 asking price.