Roberts RD49 aka Gemini 49 now called Ecologic 2 - DAB / FM radio bought in store £39.97 @ PC World - HotUKDeals
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Roberts RD49 aka Gemini 49 now called Ecologic 2 - DAB / FM radio bought in store £39.97 @ PC World

£39.97 @ PC World
Ecologic 2 is part of Roberts' new Environmentally friendly range. Roberts has improved power efficiency within it's product range. Ecologic 2 is one of the smallest portable DAB/FM radios in the Robe… Read More
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8y, 6m agoFound 8 years, 6 months ago
Ecologic 2 is part of Roberts' new Environmentally friendly range. Roberts has improved power efficiency within it's product range. Ecologic 2 is one of the smallest portable DAB/FM radios in the Roberts range it is both mains and battery powered and cleverly features a built-in battery charger for standard rechargeable AA batteries. This means you can put your rechargeable batteries into the radio and each time the radio is plugged into the mains they will recharge from within the unit - simple.
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#1
pcworld guy walked to Currys and brought one back to sell me at this price (they are the same company) - Currys are selling it at £59.97 and wouldn't pricematch pc world as pc world didn't have any in stock
#2
[COLOR="Navy"]I assume that this is DAB (which will soone be obsolete) and not DAB PLUS?[/COLOR]
#3
BealBocht
[COLOR="Navy"]I assume that this is DAB (which will soone be obsolete) and not DAB PLUS?[/COLOR]


Here we go again - that's just plain and simple disinformation, DAB will be around for years. Here is an extract from someone in the DAB industry -

"But DAB+ will come to the UK, as I’ve said in the past. Let me qualify that - I do believe it’ll be quite some time coming; probably many years into the future. There should be absolutely no concern about buying a DAB set now, because it will receive radio for many, many years to come. The radio industry will not want to make over four million sets obsolete overnight. If you haven’t bought a DAB set, there is no point in waiting: buy one now, and enjoy many more radio stations, with more functionality (like programme schedules and live pause) and no frequencies to remember."

On the other hand, If you're buying a portable DAB radio for taking on travels overseas then it might be worthwhile in getting a DAB+ one as countries that don't currently have DAB will start off on DAB+ instead when they do go digital.
#4
[COLOR="Navy"]Suggest you have a look at http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jan/29/radio.digitaltvradio?gusrc=rss&feed=mediaIs DAB radio the next Betamax?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/09/uncouple_dab_albatross/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/10/c4_abandons_dab/

and many similar stories. And, as you say, DAB is effectively UK only.[/COLOR]
#6
The rechargeable batteries in the R49 recharge from the mains charger without removing them - which is convenient - I don't think thats the same with the R59
#7
sallen1
The rechargeable batteries in the R49 recharge from the mains charger without removing them - which is convenient - I don't think thats the same with the R59
True, but the batteries aren't included.

The 59 also has a battery low indicator which the 49 doesn't. Although that may be of limited use with Ni-MHs.
#8
BealBocht
[COLOR="Navy"]Suggest you have a look at http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jan/29/radio.digitaltvradio?gusrc=rss&feed=mediaIs DAB radio the next Betamax?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/09/uncouple_dab_albatross/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/10/c4_abandons_dab/

and many similar stories. And, as you say, DAB is effectively UK only.[/COLOR]


Sorry, Bealbocht, but you are completely wrong. It will be at least 5 years before there are any DAB+ broadcasts in the UK, if ever at all. DAB+ offers no real benefits to the vast majority of people or the industry, certainly when you consider there are 8 million DAB radios in the UK. It's like any technology in that there is always a better version or codec further down the line, but you can't keep restarting every time!

And I wouldn't go too much by what you read about DAB on The Register - for some reason they always write very one-sided articles on the subject.
#9
Seems a great deal. Dab will be around for quite some time - beyond the life of this radio, of course. Love the idea of recharging the batteries whilst playing. HOT.
#10
I got the mine in the comet £17.99 deal a while back.These are very good radios & the battery life in one of these lasts ages.

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