Glad I stopped dithering and bought this total cracker!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2021
I must first start out by stating that as soon as unboxed the radio, I was smitten, however, a little smaller than I imagined, maybe just basing that on the model for which the design was created, back in the day.
Then, I switched on the radio and was immediately blown away how good the sound was, once I'd adjusted the EQ to my preference. The main speaker delivers some great bass, even when I lowered that to "-2" and the additional tweeter to the right of the main speaker delivers the right highs to match. At first listen, you could be surprised that this is a mono radio, with the sound quality and the cabinet for the right acoustic quality, it has surely been engineered well in that department.
I was able to set-up the internet radio easily via the initial set-up at 1st switch on and registered to my mobile hotspot easy over Wi-fi reception. I hope you don't have to lengthy a password on your Wi-Fi or you'll be scrolling for a while via the display & Tuning/Select knob.
I had a Frontier Nuvola Smart Radio account for a Revo radio, I had purchased then returned, so once I accessed the radio for the code, I was instantly ready with a batch of my Favourite stations I had already stored on the account. The Roberts Radio accepted them easy-peasy! I thought to christen the radio, based on it's classic design, I should play one or two Oldies stations on the radio first, seems only fair.
The DAB radio also receives stations well (as I expected, being a Roberts!) I live in an area where I'm too far away from my City's transmitter and not near enough to town adjacent, but the Roberts pulls them in, just struggling on rough weather days (like the 10th & 11th March 21) But receives the stations better than a Majority radio I tried before I returned it that one! FM Radio on the Roberts performs well, with the option to omit or allow weaker signals, etc in the settings.
Bluetooth: Connects well, no fuss there, but not sure why if that is a fault or if it is part of the Radio's default set-up, but when a device (my mobile) is connected to the iStream 3, it sets the volume up to Max (30) by default, even if I was using another function previously at say Volume 7 or 8, etc. So, make sure that when connected you turn the volume control to the desired setting before playing music, or you'll get a bit of a nasty surprise!! **Update 12/03/21: I don't know if it's the fact that I received phone update to Android 11 or that I decided to re-pair my phone to the Bluetooth, but phone settings have a feature called "Absolute Volume", so the radio doesn't jump to Max volume anymore, sorted!
I have recently purchased some rechargeable batteries for the radio. I decided to purchase some 2800mah (only 1.2v) AA batteries and seem to be lasting for as long as other reviewers have mentioned. So-far from the 1 full charge, I had the radio on for about an hour before it showed 2nd level of battery indicator, then about another half-hour before it got down to the last level (but I had been fiddling around with all the options on the radio), had a couple of flickers from the low-battery level (this was generally on the power hungry ol' DAB), but still working well, I'd say it's been about 5/6 hours in total so far at the time I write this and will attempt to see how much the last level goes on for.
All-in-all, I'm glad a decided to buy one, it's a design classic! Just wished I hadn't dithered about buying all this time, because about 5/6 months ago the Roberts Radio website included a Roberts Ortus Clock Radio free, never mind, this'll do for me!