Product Type: Roberts portable radios
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Modern Radio, Retro Style
Roberts RD60 Revival
Member Name: northernlovely
Roberts RD60 Revival
Advantages: DAB, well made, looks great
Disadvantages: A bit pricier
You're only really going to buy the Roberts RD60 if you care about the look of your radio as well as the technical specs. Why? Because it's £135 on Amazon (and up to £155 elsewhere)! In terms of what it's capable of, it's a pretty standard DAB radio, and you can pick those up for £50 - £70 for a decent make. No, you have to want the unique 1950s look to the radio, and why not - it's gorgeous.
It comes in colours too many to mention, I have the duck egg blue, as I think it looks great with the gold coloured speaker grille, and the retro Roberts logo. It comes in prints, too - there's a lovely floral, mock Laura Ashley one. It's clearly designed to compliment your home, I have one in my kitchen and it looks fabulous. Size wise they're a decent chunky radio at 15cm x 15cm and 10cm deep. They have a sturdy, trustworthy handle, and overall are just very well made. They are portable, though, despite mine rarely leaving the kitchen - the battery life is a very impressive 120 hours, though it does come supplied with an AC adapter. It takes 4 x 'D' size batteries, which used to be expensive but you can pick them up in Poundland these days.
The DAB functionality is second to none. It scans the FM waves for DAB frequencies and displays the name on the LCD panel on the top of the radio. It has lovely chunky retro buttons and dials but don't let that fool you, it's a modern bit of kit, with the ability to save and preset your favourite stations so you can listen to them at the touch of a button. The volume goes nice and high, too, and overall it's an easy to use radio with excellent reception (as you'd expect from DAB - it's crystal clear), sound definition, volume and extras. It has, though I've never used it, a headphone socket (headphones not supplied) for individual listening (though if I were going anywhere where I'd need to use earphones I'd buy a small cheap personal radio!)
Overall I cannot fault the Roberts RD60. It's a style statement, and for that reason I think the price is justified. It's very, very well made and will last anyone years and years (it does come with a three year manufacturer's warranty but mine has never had a problem, worked like a charm right out of the box, and five years on, looks and sounds like the day I got it). It's a long term investment and it's so appealing to all - grandmothers, mothers, fathers, anyone wanting to add a retro touch to a modern environment, hairdressers, cafes, the list is endless. For that reason I think it would make a lovely wedding present or gift for a family member.
It's a great little radio and I love mine to bits - and I use it regularly. Five out of five stars and very well deserved, too, well done, Roberts :)
Summary: Absolutely marvellous!
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