Product Type: Roberts portable radios
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A Sorry Sangean
Roberts R 9917
Member Name: workhorse
Roberts R 9917
Date: 15/04/02, updated on 15/04/02 (1262 review reads)
Advantages: Neat Design, Good Features
Disadvantages: Overall Quality, Long Term Reliability, Low RMS (Output)
When is a Roberts’s radio not a Roberts’s radio? The answer is, when it's a Sangean product badged as a Roberts, or a Morphy Richards, or any one of the number of brand names owned by the Glen Dimplex group. Got a Goblin Kettle? Or an AquaVax? Maybe a New World cooker? You've got a Glen Dimplex.
Buy one of Roberts' "Classic" or "Revival" range radios and your buying into the pre-Dimplex production quality based in South Yorkshire, UK. Buy from the Roberts "Worldband" range (and most of the "Lifetime" range) and you're buying a badged Sangean, made in the Far East. This shouldn't really matter of course (most would indeed argue to the contrary)...except that it does.
I have had two replacements for my R9917, made necessary on both occasion because of substandard casing and button controls. Whether my third R9917 goes the same way, it remains to be seen. It seems worthwhile to report, also, that the timer electronics of a friend's Roberts have not lasted beyond 30 months. In addition, it is interesting to note that the release of the latest Sangean product trading on the Roberts name, the RR9929 has been put twice on hold because of production problems with the casing. Maybe this means Roberts -- sorry, Sangean -- are getting their act together. On the other hand, maybe....buy a Sony?