Product Type: Roberts portable radios
Newest Review: ... on it etc. so I decided to first look at Amazon and I was pleased to find this Roberts radio for just £14.99, I did have a little look arou... more
Tiny Tri-band Tuner
Roberts R 9924
Member Name: JJJJ
Roberts R 9924
Advantages: Reliable, good battery life, Pick up long wave
Disadvantages: bland appearance
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
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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.
- - - - - - -
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.
Summary: Effective travel radio
|Ease of use:|