Roberts 93i DAB and wifi Internet radio £128 @ Go Electrical
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Roberts 93i DAB and wifi Internet radio £128 @ Go Electrical

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Found 24th Jun 2015
Have been looking around for a decent quality Internet radio for quite a while. This Roberts 93i has some of the best reviews out there, many commenting on the excellent sound quality.

Most places have this around the £150 (Argos, John Lewis) with a few being a few pounds cheaper £143.55 at Amazon and a buy it now price at ebay being £139

However, Go-Electrical currently have this at £128 with free delivery - combine this with the 4.2% TopCashBack should bring it to a touch over £120.

Now for the stats:
Colour display
120 presets
FM and DAB and DAB+ radio along with Internet radio
Has the spotify connectr thingy
Also allows streaming from own PC
a remote control, a USB socket for playback, two alarm timers, Aux in for iPod/MP3, a line output socket and headphone socket.

The downside (doesn't affect me) mains only and the BBC podcasts no longer work on these type of devices (BBC changed the format in March leaving most internet radios defunct in this area)

21 Comments

Probably better to pair a top end bluetooth speaker with a low end tablet or smart phone for internet radio imo

tony831

Probably better to pair a top end bluetooth speaker with a low end tablet … Probably better to pair a top end bluetooth speaker with a low end tablet or smart phone for internet radio imo



Despite the fact I've got 4 internet radios I agree, with a smartphone +dock or BT speaker you have more chance of a system that will still work in 5 years. The BBC seem to have gone out of their way to break most internet radios (particularly when it comes to 'Listen Again' ) over the last few years, with their various iPlayer changes.

Voted hot anyway, as that is a good price for the Roberts IMHO.

Banned

I had 83i and it was fantastic when you could use Last fm on it. Sadly that stopped.

Roberts and other manufacturers need to pull their fingers out and update the software on their devices to support this "new" format the BBC are using. I use BBC podcasts on my iPhone and Sonos devices and have no such problems. Trouble is, a lot of manufacturers bang out cheap devices without a thought for ongoing support and they quickly become obsolete. They should be mandated to support their devices for a minimum period to stop consumers getting stung.

That being so, looks like a great bit of kit and Roberts tend to be pretty decent radios.

spamcan61

Despite the fact I've got 4 internet radios I agree, with a smartphone … Despite the fact I've got 4 internet radios I agree, with a smartphone +dock or BT speaker you have more chance of a system that will still work in 5 years. The BBC seem to have gone out of their way to break most internet radios (particularly when it comes to 'Listen Again' ) over the last few years, with their various iPlayer changes.



Isn't that largely the fault of oh-so-clever types circumventing regional restrictions to use iplayer from America when on holiday etc? Why can't people just deal with being on holiday for a couple of weeks? Looking like they've ruined it for all of us so well done people. (_;)
I'd want an internet radio, dedicated, to listen to normal radio stations around the world, I think it would be fascinating. Not sure having to stop chatting to people on my phone so that I can dock it would provide much in the way of pleasure. Phones : WhatsApp etc, radios.....well.....radio...? Call me Mr.Strange and all......

I used to listen to the excellent BBC county cricket commentaries on my Roberts 83i but this year it is not possible, so much for progress!

Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the 1960s ???!!!

Sphere

Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the … Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the 1960s ???!!!


the "look" of them. always puts me off. until they sort that out. its a pass from me.

Sphere

Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the … Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the 1960s ???!!!



Yes those full color lcd screens they had on radios in the 60s, right vintage ain't it

Sphere

Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the … Why are DAB radios SOOOO expensive, and look like they were made in the 1960s ???!!!


I think its because DAB uses a load of battery power, so you either make something with a tinny speaker and rubbish sound or hit the other end of the market and go for a big box sound and capability to add a big battery...I'd appreciate an expert opinion on this.

Original Poster

Radio just arrived and can't believe the sound quality! So much better than any radio I have ever heard! Glad I decided over this one unit as opposed to having a phone and separate speaker scattered about the place. Who wants two things to charge, when I can have just the one! Found some great stations already! Just in time for the heat wave too! Now to find a decent BBQ and I'm sorted!

Banned

i have a Roberts WiFi radio. it's excellent quality and sound. problem with pairing a smartphone and Bluetooth speaker is you don't get all the radio functions instantly. there's a lot of fidgeting. plus not all dab stations go through the internet. a radio such as this you can leave in one corner and just switch on. no arsing about pairing with a speaker that your son's taken into his bedroom

Bought one recently from Amazon, a really good radio, far preferable to fiddling around with the TuneIn app on a tablet or phone which I had been doing. It's a shame about the recent cost-cutting BBC changes which makes their podcasts unlistenable on it but this will handle most other formats.

EMBASSY

the "look" of them. always puts me off. Until they sort that out it's a … the "look" of them. always puts me off. Until they sort that out it's a pass from me.


Sony's XDRS60 is less retro than most DAB radios.

None of Roberts radios are particularly appealing to me in terms of design.
Edited by: "aceuk" 27th Jun 2015

Original Poster

Gealt

re BBC reception problem: https://www.robertsradiotechnical.co.uk/



Oh not more peeing about! Haven't they annoyed enough people yet?

RR are suggesting that they may find a solution to the loss of BBC On Demand on their internet radios. More important question is what happens after BBC stop using MP3 in a year or two? Having said that BBC is only one out of 20,000 stations.

Original Poster

Gealt

RR are suggesting that they may find a solution to the loss of BBC On … RR are suggesting that they may find a solution to the loss of BBC On Demand on their internet radios. More important question is what happens after BBC stop using MP3 in a year or two? Having said that BBC is only one out of 20,000 stations.



Would be great if they could bring that functionality, but in the mean time I have loads of great stations (and some unbelievable dross too) to wade through. Quite enjoying an electro swing station of all things!

£128 for a radio?

Original Poster

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£128 for a radio?



A highly reviewed INTERNET/ DAB/DAB+ radio with PC streaming and USB playback alongside spotify Connectr ability to boot! Not to mention one of the best sound quality for a portable style system out there! Got mine the other day and it puts all the other radio's and portable devices I have owned into the shade!

Roberts Stream 93i DAB and WiFi Radio Black £132.90

Gone up by a fiver.
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