Product Type: Roberts portable radios
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Roberts R 9924
Member Name: danny691
Roberts R 9924
Advantages: Affordable, easy to operate, lightweight and easy to transport due to compact proportions.
Disadvantages: MAY become obsolete within a few years.
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 The Roberts R9924 portable radio certainly appears to be a very outdated and unsophisticated radio.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.
Summary: Value for money and simple basic radio, useful for the daily commute on a budget.
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