One of the best little radios I use to listen to sports coverage is my Roberts R 9924 portable radio. In the looks department it is nothing spectacular but it is a good decent and reliabale little radio I have owned for a while. It is probably looking a bit outdated by now to some people but to me it's one of the best.
What I personally really like about this radio is that it has a little socket for my headphones which means that not everyone on the bus has to listen to my chosen channel on my way back from work. I will use the aerial around the house or the office fully extended in order to give it a little boost and to help with the signal transmission. This radio is made from cheap bog standard plastic. Having said that however, it has been dropped more times than I can rememebr, and despite being made from cheap plastic it hasn't made it look too knocked or scratched, so it must be very hardwearing.
It runs from 2 x AA battteries but these can work out quite expensive so I choose to use the rechargeable ones. It is very easy to use and very lightweight to carrry about in my backpack. The sound quality for such a little radio is actually very good in my opinion. It is not tinny, as you might expect, but delivers excellent sound quality.
I paid about £14 for it a while ago now and I do own other poratble radios, but I have to say that this one is near to the top of my list of favourites.
I also like the fact that it comes with its won carrying handle and this has proven to be very useful for me over the years and has prevented me from actually dropping it more times than I have already. It has no digital display but this doesn't bother me as the reception is excellent at all times.
Overall I really rate this radio quite highly.
Over the years, Roberts have manufactured a range of reliable radios, from the old fashioned cabinet models to the modern receivers encompassing the latest digital technology. Today's review is for one of Roberts' simplest 'wireless' sets - the ultra portable R 9924. The R 9924 It isn't a isn't a DAB model, just a straightforward FM / MW / LW tuner which can be purchased online for only £14.99.
Design & Appearance
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Silver in colour, the R 9924 is built from a plastic which i've found can withstand the odd knock and drop. It's arguably not the prettiest looking device (silvery plastic isn't usually a great look), but neither is it overly offensive. Those who like to have a radio with them at all times will be pleased to know that the R 9924 feels light in the hand, and can just about fit into a trouser pocket. From the perspective of power consumption, the radio requires two AA batteries to operate, and these can potentially last for a long time - I often fall asleep with the radio on at a low volume, and find that i'll get a couple of months use before they need replacing. When listening to FM stations it's usually necessary to elevate the telescopic aerial - although that said, I can normally get away with putting it only half way up. Medium Wave doesn't require the aerial.
Audio Output, Features, & Reliability
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In terms of its sound quality, the R9924 is perfectly acceptable for spoken word use (excellent for sports coverage), but not so good for music. Due to the small size of the mono speaker, the device can't handle the mid to bassy frequencies especially well - but as a last resort it's just about acceptable. As it's such a basic model, the only additional feature is the headphone socket which is useful when you don't want your fellow travellers on the bus knowing what you're listening to. In terms of reliability, the radio has served me well, and I've found no technical difficulties regarding its performance.
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Overall, the Roberts R 9924 is a really good little radio which is especially handy during a trip to the beach. The great thing about the device is the fact it can pick up long wave - something which the majority of the other portable radios that i've owned in the past can't do. It may not sound like much of an achievement - but for test match cricket on Radio 2 it's a must!. Easy to use and recommended.
When it comes to technology I would say I am quite up to date. The Roberts R9924 portable radio certainly appears to be a very outdated and unsophisticated radio. I couldn't disagree in all fairness, with its basic look and 3-band feature with long wave. The front panel of the radio has a fairly large speaker on it, but the sound isn't the most inspiring! There is no Dolby Surround Sound here, thats for sure! On the front of the handheld radio is also the panel giving details on which station you are currently on, and helps when you are searching for a new station also. As this isn't a digital display it isn't as accurate as it could be, but priced at around £15 it isn't an all singing and all dancing music centre.
The Roberts R9924 takes two AA batteries, I use rechargable batteries as if I listen for a number of hours a day they can wear out quickly and the cost of batteries isn't cheap! After use I always ensure the radio is turned off properly to prevent unnecessary power use. When I find the desired radio station I find the signal to be strong enough to listen to it properly, but as I said this isn't crystal clear sound quality. The sound is lacking bass and treble, and the sound is very tinny, as you would expect with most budget radios. As the radio is portable it can easily be held in your hand, or put in a pocket or bag for easy carrying.
One positive with this radio is that it has a headphone socket, so you don't have to listen out loud all the time, which is a big no-no when using public transport! The telescopic aerial is useful for when I have the radio on in or around the home and large buildings, as it boosts the signal.
The radio is made from cheap plastic, but for a basic radio it meets my needs. The carrying strap comes in handy when I don't have a bag with me and wish to transport the radio, and overall for £15 it really cannot be knocked.
The one thing I must mention in this review is that digital radio MAY eventually take over and this format of radio will become obsolete. There were talks of a 2015 'digital radio switchover' but due to the signal problems with digital radio this is yet to be confirmed.
I had one of the roberts small compact portable radios to take with me when I wanted to listen to the radio and keep updated as well as for listening to music. I think for £15 it is not too bad and it works with no problems when you need it.
You can use the radio with batteries and it takes only 2 AA size ones. I think that batteries lasted well in this and they did not run down all the time. I had to make sure I switched the radio off right and that way I was sure that I was not wasting battery power.
The radio is small easy to transport and use and picks up signals ok. I think that the look is ok. Its not all that stylish but it is neat, tidy and fine for use away from home, holidays, in the garden, when working etc. The carry strap can be handy when you take the radio with you and I used it with no problems.
The radio can pick up lw, mw and fm signals and the dial to pick up the signal is easy to use. The fm signal is the best. The ariel can be put up for a better signal and I did most often have to do that to get the best signal. When I did that the sound was very clear and easy to listen to.
I don't think there is much base or treble balance to the radio but I didn't mind too much. It is functional enough but its nothing special in the sound dept it works and its not muffled.
You can hear it clear enough and when its on its not too bad on the old ears. It won't win any awards for best sound quality, but its not the worst sounding radio I have heard. You can put the volume up or down and the led will show when the radio is on.
If you want to use the radio and not annoy anyone near you, you can use the headphone input and that works fine. I used that with no problems and found it a good thing to be able to use.
Its easy to plug in a headset to it and the sound you get back when using the radio like that is ok. Its a good way to listen to the sports when you are out away from home as you can stick it in your pocket and listen with earphones on. Good for hen pecked lads out with the wife.
I would recommend the radio for its compact portability and ease of use. It fits in the palm of your hand ok or can be used with the carry strap. Even though there is only a single speaker on this the sound is good enough.
I wanted a little radio that I could keep in the kitchen with me so I could listen to music whilst I am cooking, and also to take upstairs with me to listen to whilst I'm cleaning or in the bath etc. I bought this one by Roberts on Amazon as it was one of the cheapest, all I wanted to do was listen to music on it now and again. It cost me £16, and I am glad I purchased it, I am really pleased with it.
It takes 2 AA batteries to work, and it is really small, compact and lightweight. You can also plug headphones into it too if you want. It looks quite cheap but its only to listen to music on whilst I'm cooking and cleaning. It feels quite study though, I don't think it would break easily if you dropped it.
It is grey in colour and has quite a long aerial. It also comes with a carry strap if you wanted to walk around with it. It is pocket sized so is ideal to carry around with you on the move.
This little radio was really easy to set up onto my favourite radio station, it only took a few minutes and the sound is excellent, and it is surprisingly loud for such a small thing. There is no crackling or anything, the sound is perfect. It works in every room in the house perfectly too.
I highly recommend this portable radio if you are thinking of buying one, it is so easy to set up and use, the sound quality is excellent and I would definitely purchase again if this one was to break!