Roberts Vintage DAB/FM RDS Portable Radio with Built in Battery Charger £69.99 Amazon Lightning Deal (was £104.95)
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Roberts Vintage DAB/FM RDS Portable Radio with Built in Battery Charger £69.99 Amazon Lightning Deal (was £104.95)

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Found 29th Dec 2013
Normal Amazon price £104.95 - £69.99 for as long as they last (currently 14% claimed).

Digital/FM
Built in battery charger
Multi Preset
Up to 80 hours battery life
Rotary tuning

Vintage beautifully blends a retro leather cloth finish and wooden effect side panels, with modern DAB / FM technologies. You can also enjoy unlimited station presets, a favourite station button, and help the environment with a built-in battery recharger. DAB/FM RDS wavebands. Up to 80 hours battery life (using alkaline batteries). Built-in battery charger - ideal for standard (C size) rechargeable batteries. FM RDS Station name display. Rotary tuning and volume controls. Station name / multi preset mode. One touch instant access to favourite station. USB socket for software upgrades. Auxiliary input socket for iPod / MP3 playback.

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GREAT radio.

Be quick!

Gets bad reviews for reliability

Looks ok, .not going as fast as I thought it would do , .....Not the best reviews to be honest, .And its only 0.9 kg weight, .my pure evoke mio is 1.82 kg....much better weight, and feel I expect.....But for £70.....this as got me thinking, ..a. spare....lol

I've got the Roberts Zoombox 2 currently £17 more at £87. It has DAB (and DAB+), FM, Cd player and USB. It doesn't look as nice as this but having owned it 6 months I would recommend it.

Also I noticed that Sony released there own version recently called Sony ZS-RS70BTB currently selling for £100->£105, similar to the zoombox but also has adds NFC/bluetooth functionality.

Don't know why this is expired - appears to be available still - 23% claimed as I type this.

I've had one of these since last christmas, used for at least several hours EVERY day since, No problems whatsoever - so don't know what the reliability issues are but it's been fine for me, using it with rechargeable batteries.

Can't compare it to any other DAB radios myself - but I can't really fault it.

Cost closer to £100 when I got one, so this is a great price IMO.

Edited by: "tonytiger" 29th Dec 2013

Strange...expired before its time, and not sold that many ?????

Just checked again....This as not expired ??????

purchased this at Christmas for my father. a lovely radio and oozes quality. the good thing with getting it from Amazon us should there be any reliability issues then they're very good at replacing or refunding

Well took the plunge..ordered it about 2 mins ago...so this is not expired ?.....don't expect this to beat my new evoke mio, .but im sure we will use it in other rooms, or outside...Post back here when it comes ...with review.

Showing £104.95 for me...?

People would buy a $#!¥ if it had a fashionable name on to impress their friends...

I have another model of Roberts DAB and it's been faulty since soon after the warranty expired. It has a push button on/off switch which has to be held for a precise time to switch on (not too long, not too short) and similarly when it looks like it's been turned off it turns back on again! Really not good enough for an expensive brand. Like all DAB it eats batteries too.

I think DAB has a LONG way to go before it can really replace analogue, whatever the theory says. I've had DAB in my last 4 cars too and it's a pain: such a long delay when changing stations - you really can't channel flip to find what's current..

AddictWeb

Showing £104.95 for me...?


and me

Really taking the **** with DAB

Besford

I have another model of Roberts DAB and it's been faulty since soon after … I have another model of Roberts DAB and it's been faulty since soon after the warranty expired. It has a push button on/off switch which has to be held for a precise time to switch on (not too long, not too short) and similarly when it looks like it's been turned off it turns back on again! Really not good enough for an expensive brand. Like all DAB it eats batteries too.I think DAB has a LONG way to go before it can really replace analogue, whatever the theory says. I've had DAB in my last 4 cars too and it's a pain: such a long delay when changing stations - you really can't channel flip to find what's current..



Unlike RF radio, DAB has to buffer and convert digital data to analogue output otherwise you would be suffering constant dropouts while driving if not already doing so. Portable CD players used to do the same back in the day.

spraint

Unlike RF radio, DAB has to buffer and convert digital data to analogue … Unlike RF radio, DAB has to buffer and convert digital data to analogue output otherwise you would be suffering constant dropouts while driving if not already doing so. Portable CD players used to do the same back in the day.



OK, so that's the technical explanation but doesn't resolve the fact that the result is very user-unfriendly. So much (digital) technology is three steps forward but one backwards. My digital TV is an enormous advance over earlier analogue ones but it has also introduced some negatives (and I don't just mean dozens of awful stations with dreadful programming!). The clever geeks who design these things are often out of touch with real user needs.

Besford

OK, so that's the technical explanation but doesn't resolve the fact that … OK, so that's the technical explanation but doesn't resolve the fact that the result is very user-unfriendly. So much (digital) technology is three steps forward but one backwards. My digital TV is an enormous advance over earlier analogue ones but it has also introduced some negatives (and I don't just mean dozens of awful stations with dreadful programming!). The clever geeks who design these things are often out of touch with real user needs.



You are being way too harsh. Analogue frequency bands are clogged so it is this or zilch. Nobody ‘designs these things with geekery in mind at the expense of usability. When the likes of Apple try to smooth over the nerdy cracks they get accused of dumbing down. People will always find something to complain about.

spraint

You are being way too harsh. Analogue frequency bands are clogged so it … You are being way too harsh. Analogue frequency bands are clogged so it is this or zilch. Nobody ‘designs these things with geekery in mind at the expense of usability. When the likes of Apple try to smooth over the nerdy cracks they get accused of dumbing down. People will always find something to complain about.



You are clearly from the technical rather than commercial side of life. I said I understood the technical reasons for the irritating aspects of DAB but, frankly, as a consumer I'm not interested in the reasons it doesn't work well; I just vote with my wallet for what I like and DAB doesn't encourage me to spend the inflated prices being asked for, in some respects, an inferior experience.

Original Poster

Back on again now - same price. Mods - please unexpire.

DAB radio is over. Get an Internet radio if you plan on listening in your home. Gold has gone and Jazz closes on the 1st Jan with many others. Get an internet radio for about £50 and you'll have 6000 odd worldwide channels to listed to. Comments?

Have this radio and really love it, so does the cat, he regularly listens to radio 6 on it

Plus ludicrously, many key music and drama channels are in MONO only on DAB!

buglawton

Plus ludicrously, many key music and drama channels are in MONO only on … Plus ludicrously, many key music and drama channels are in MONO only on DAB!



Due to bandwidth limitations I'm afraid - one of the many reasons for the downfall of DAB. But this is a lovely radio and a good price - voted hot.

From a radio professional who retired this month after 25 years in the business.

DAB radio is over. Get an Internet radio if you plan on listening in your … DAB radio is over. Get an Internet radio if you plan on listening in your home. Gold has gone and Jazz closes on the 1st Jan with many others. Get an internet radio for about £50 and you'll have 6000 odd worldwide channels to listed to. Comments?



Why because 2 channels out of dozens have closed in 10 years ? Short to medium term fm is going as they want to flog the spectrum off for loads of money. The only reason its been delayed is because there is an election on the horizon and turning off the basic radio signals upsets the granny radio users who vote Tory.

Once the election is out of the way there will be another firm timetable for the analogue signal to go in the next few years.

If they can turn off analogue tv and its 1000000 times better than before what makes you think they are going to ditch Dab and keep the crappy analogue signals instead ?

Anyway we got this radio pre christmas for this price and it really is a very nice radio ! There is no way Dab will stop being supported in this country as the BBC is totally invested in it, they control most of the radio market (Hence why players are probably leaving DAB as they cant make money) The bbc is way too powerful, with the amount of money and capital they have sunk into dab they will never stop supporting it. Plus internet radio is useless for 99.99999% of cars and for many when they are out and about.


Edited by: "alera" 31st Dec 2014

alera

Why because 2 channels out of dozens have closed in 10 years ? Short to … Why because 2 channels out of dozens have closed in 10 years ? Short to medium term fm is going as they want to flog the spectrum off for loads of money. The only reason its been delayed is because there is an election on the horizon and turning off the basic radio signals upsets the granny radio users who vote Tory.Once the election is out of the way there will be another firm timetable for the analogue signal to go in the next few years.If they can turn off analogue tv and its 1000000 times better than before what makes you think they are going to ditch Dab and keep the crappy analogue signals instead ?Anyway we got this radio pre christmas for this price and it really is a very nice radio !



as dab is rubbish - we should have adopted dab+ or whatever it was called. internet radio is the way forward though with more homes and cars linking to the net, dab will be obsolete before its properly launched. limitless internet radio stations and your don't even need a fast connection. with dab you need a strong signal - oh well
Edited by: "royals" 31st Dec 2014

Original Poster

I did buy one of these, and it arrived today. Very impressed with it - excellent value at £69.99. DAB/DAB+/FM - all options (except internet) covered. Nice sound, looks great, with a pretty reasonable battery life, too. Rechargeables fine, with an intelligent inbuilt charging system.

Highly recommended.

This is another option, with internet radio and a £25 cheaper budget.

Sandstrom Currys

Edited by: "djdave2929" 31st Dec 2014

I have never been anywhere in the country which didn't have a perfect dab signal so a bit a myth unless you are in the **** of beyond. You always get these sort of comments from the .1% of people that have issues.

Dab has 25 / 30% of the market. You really think they are gong to ditch dab with that sort of market share after all this time for Internet radio that has 1% of the market and can't be used at all without an internet connection ?Complete pie in the sky.

I don't actually know anyone that uses internet radio apart from when they are sat in front of a pc. You are deluded if you think they are gong to ditch dab for it. Really before coming out with silly comments like this you should consider how the majority of people use a service - not ho you use it yourself.

Edited by: "alera" 31st Dec 2014

royals

as dab is rubbish - we should have adopted dab+ or whatever it was … as dab is rubbish - we should have adopted dab+ or whatever it was called. internet radio is the way forward though with more homes and cars linking to the net, dab will be obsolete before its properly launched. limitless internet radio stations and your don't even need a fast connection. with dab you need a strong signal - oh well



Internet radio in the car? Where do you live that has mobile 'net coverage good enough to make that even remotely viable?


Comparing switching off FM to switching off the analogue TV signals is very simplistic. Firstly there are fewer TVs than radios. Secondly TVs don't move about all over the place so there's no issue with variability in signal strength. Thirdly iIt's quite easy and neat to plug in a set top box to a TV that doesn't have a digital tuner. There is no neat solution for adapting the radio built in to your car to receive digital. It involves balancing something on the dash that's connected to the cigarette lighter for power and also plugs in to the existing radio somehow.

soddab

Internet radio in the car? Where do you live that has mobile 'net … Internet radio in the car? Where do you live that has mobile 'net coverage good enough to make that even remotely viable?Comparing switching off FM to switching off the analogue TV signals is very simplistic. Firstly there are fewer TVs than radios. Secondly TVs don't move about all over the place so there's no issue with variability in signal strength. Thirdly iIt's quite easy and neat to plug in a set top box to a TV that doesn't have a digital tuner. There is no neat solution for adapting the radio built in to your car to receive digital. It involves balancing something on the dash that's connected to the cigarette lighter for power and also plugs in to the existing radio somehow.



Hmmm - you joined this site 23 minutes ago just to say this. And in the same tone as 'alera'! Are you the same person?

@joeyjo - not everyone has internet access at home. And what do you mean gold has gone? I'm listening to it right now!

DAB is a total waste of time. Only an idiot would claim it is as good as FM

tonytiger

@joeyjo - not everyone has internet access at home. And what do you mean … @joeyjo - not everyone has internet access at home. And what do you mean gold has gone? I'm listening to it right now!



Did I say everyone has the Internet at home? Gold is still available on DAB depending where you live unfortunately it's no longer on DAB where I am.

All the trouble this radio as caused, .Well iv got two internet wifi radios, and 3 d a b radios , inc this one I received today.
This vintage radio is not bad at all, bit on the small size, ( if this is a problem ).useful if you want portable, or outside use.
Doubt ill use it via batteries, but you never know.......Anyway for me this isn't a bad sound at all,.its got enough features and is easy enough to work, use, etc....Not as many functions as my pure evoke mio, ..which is great for sleep timers, alarm timers, and you can read the info as its facing you, ...Whereas this Roberts radio you have to look down onto it....But no problem as I don't need it for the bedroom....By the way if anyone who didn't buy this radio but wants a good blue retro , check out John Lewis....as they have the Kitsound Jive...at £60......And this is £100 most places.....
And going back to the internet radios....these are also useful..i know you need a wifi , but most people have these now, and I know you can use your smart phone, or tablets to receive net radio.....Where do you stop ?......
For me I like to have a actual radio...not play my music by a phone or tablet....but that's just me...
Biggest Problem for me , living outside London....im gonna lose jazz fm......it's about time the people who run dab or whatever don't get on some decent jazz, soul shows on......Not just pop music........

alera

I have never been anywhere in the country which didn't have a perfect dab … I have never been anywhere in the country which didn't have a perfect dab signal so a bit a myth unless you are in the **** of beyond. You always get these sort of comments from the .1% of people that have issues.Dab has 25 / 30% of the market. You really think they are gong to ditch dab with that sort of market share after all this time for Internet radio that has 1% of the market and can't be used at all without an internet connection ?Complete pie in the sky.I don't actually know anyone that uses internet radio apart from when they are sat in front of a pc. You are deluded if you think they are gong to ditch dab for it. Really before coming out with silly comments like this you should consider how the majority of people use a service - not ho you use it yourself.



I lived in NW3 London. Couldn't get a DAB signal for most of the stations for love nor money. This was before the analogue switch off so perhaps rationalisation and signal improvements may have improved things. There are plenty of DAB/GPRS/Internet blackspots up and down the country - including inside large cities.

Internet radio suffers from the same bandwidth problems. A lot of stations pushing out 64Kbps and even 32Kbps output. It is like listening to MW all over again.

musicals

Due to bandwidth limitations I'm afraid - one of the many reasons for the … Due to bandwidth limitations I'm afraid - one of the many reasons for the downfall of DAB. But this is a lovely radio and a good price - voted hot.From a radio professional who retired this month after 25 years in the business.



Well, stations are reducing bandwidth to save money. Planet Rock is now 80k mono for pity's sake. Commercial DAB is a financial bloodbath for any station remotely 'niche' e.g.Planet Rock or Jazz FM. In the past I've been fairly upbeat about DAB but given the ever downwards audio quality spiral (and I'm no 'golden ear' audiophile) then no more new DAB radios for me. Been using internet radios/apps for 5 years plus now, much better choice of stations and audio quality. Still a long way from being a viable option for mobile use though.

voted hot anyway. :-)

Expired long tins ago

djdave2929

This is another option, with internet radio and a £25 cheaper budget. … This is another option, with internet radio and a £25 cheaper budget. Sandstrom Currys



Now that looks like a good deal, 45 quid with DAB and internet radio.

Besford

OK, so that's the technical explanation but doesn't resolve the fact that … OK, so that's the technical explanation but doesn't resolve the fact that the result is very user-unfriendly. So much (digital) technology is three steps forward but one backwards. My digital TV is an enormous advance over earlier analogue ones but it has also introduced some negatives (and I don't just mean dozens of awful stations with dreadful programming!). The clever geeks who design these things are often out of touch with real user needs.


I think digital TV has the same problem, way faster to change channels on analog.
But in car, I flip channels like crazy hoping to find a good song, so it would be annoying to have delays.

A few years ago we had all the same rubbish about freeview. I can't get reception the quality is rubbish it will never take off they will never switch off the analogue signal. How did that work out ?

The only reason fm hasn't gone already is for political reasons. It's a simple as that.

Just like freeview as soon as the set a definite switch off date and stick to it the 70% who don't currently use it will get a dab radio in pretty short order.
Edited by: "alera" 31st Dec 2014
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