The Cath Kidson DAB radio was lauded as a design success when released a few years ago, the entry price of £209 was soon brought down to around the £150 mark but as no longer available new the radio can be found for anything from £20 - £200 at the time of writing.
If you know Cath Kidson you know not to expect anything too psychedelic despite the use of the word electric in the name of the radio, it has an all over soft floral print in line with all Cath Kidson fabric designs. The colours are vibrant and interesting but not in keeping with the masculine style of my decor.
The radio has typical Roberts styling so all controls are simple and easy to manage. Preset channels are available and once set they are easily accessible, I have at least 20 stored but do not know how many are available. I haven't filled it with 20 channels.
The radio is semi smart so will display the channel name but not always the track playing, I don't read the display on any DAB radio I use so the lack of information isn't relevant to me personally.
Controls are intuitive and volume is responsive. I listen to a wide range of DAB channels but rarely utilise the FM function as I prefer my non digital radio for that, I rarely listen to the Cath Kidson radio any more at all and have it in the guest bedroom as the floral design didn't suit my male oriented tastes.
If you can get this at a good price and like a old fashioned floral design then buy it, don't pay £200 for it as it's only a standard Roberts DAB with a Kidson finish.
The radio costs aroun £200 from most stores and can be bought on line, through amazon or through cath kidston. Roberts are one of the biggest names in radio design and have been particularly successful with DAB design. The design itself is great and retro, it is about 25 cm/15/10cm.
Even though it is retro in design it has autotune so you don't have to spend time finding the right frequencies. It can also be used with batteries as well as being plugged into the wall which is great for taking it around the house, outside and to the park! My other digital radio did not allow this and was something of a disappointment. It has DAB radio which is the main reason for me buying it as my favourite channel is not available on FM.
I would recommend it if you want a good quality radio that looks great. If ou are not so bothered about the look of the radio, there are much cheaper options with the same function.
All I can say is.. love Love LOVE! I am not normally one to spend money on electronic devices, I am more of a make up and hair kind of girl, but I did always want a portable radio as I love being able to listen to the goings on of the world and the newest songs that have been released while i study for university, or clean my flat etc and when I saw this radio in John Lewis I fell in love. This radio is so retro yet has the hint of girly that I just love.
I know that you can get this radio in many colours such as blue, pink cream etc and has the logo ROBERTS in gold stuck on just about the speakers. This radio is more than just pleasing to the eye, it works perfectly and is very simple to use.
It has two turning buttons that are used for volume and tuning. There is even a button that allows you to save your favourite radio stations, which i just love as I don't need to search through all the radio stations to find what I want to listen to. The radio also has a easy to read 16 x 2 character LCD display which displays the radio station that you are on, a display of all major functions and multi preset mode. It is also great as it has a battery life of around 120 hours when listened to on for reasonable time which means it doesn't always need to be plugged into the wall.
The radio is lightweight and has a handle that makes it very easy to carry. From my measurements the size comes in around 250 mm wide x 155mm high x 100mm deep with a weight of 1.49 kg
The aerial extends to a good length allowing maximum reception.
All in all I would highly recommend this to anyone who was looking for a stylish, retro looking radio that performs excellently. It is perfect for both male and females as you can get it in many different colours. The only down fall of this product is the cost as it is a tad pricey (I purchased mine for £199.95 from John Lewis) however I have had mine for a good couple of years now and it still works perfectly and is in excellent condition. Worth the money!
This is my first review in electronics - so take it easy on me with the criticism!
In honesty, it doesn't get more retro than the Roberts revival radio range. Whenever I think of vintage, retro or anything of that sort - this springs to mind instantly. Last year I spotted the Cath Kidston Electric Flower Roberts radio (RD60CKEF DAB/FM) in the Cath Kidston store in Guildford and I had to have it! I had just received a lot of money for my birthday so I decided to treat myself.
The radio costs £199.99 and can be brought from either Cath Kidston directly or Amazon. I have heard it is also on eBay sometimes and other online stores (just be careful they aren't scams).
Roberts began designing radios around 70 years ago (or more) and are one of the most well known in the business. I think they really did well to join forces with Cath Kidston on this one and a few other quirky designs and all are so different to others on the market. I did originally have my eye on the pastel pink - but this is so much nicer! So retro!
My Cath Kidston radio is the one in the image, as I found it to be cute and girly matching identical with my kitchen where it was to be stood for the rest of time. The radio is approximately 30cms wide and 20cms high. I think the depth is approximately 15cms (but I haven't actually measured this is just a guess). The background of the radio is cream with big multi-coloured retro flowers all over it. They are in different colours which makes it go with almost any room colour scheme imaginable. Its quite hippy like whereas the others in the range are more original Cath and stick to the floral designs she is most known for (if you google it you will see the other designs as there is too many to list). The front panel is a speaker which is a medium brown (sticking to the vintage) and Roberts is in gold just above. There is a strap across the top in the same print so you can carry the radio if you choose to and the buttons you need are under the strap on the top of the box. It is quite lightweight and can be carried easily due to the strap.
The radio is battery or mains powered meaning you're able to sit it at home and charge it or take it out and about with you and it would still work. I have found the battery can last for up to a week (obviously not all day every day) without needing to be charged or new batteries. The aerial comes from the gold box section on the top and can be pushed down if its not in use, or extended for listening.
I love the fact it has an auto tune so you don't have to faff about - but you can also use the dial to tune it yourself. There is an LED screen so you can see which channel you're on thats very helpful and quite modern for such a vintage item. The radio is DAB rather than the usual FM making for better sound quality and finding channels is a lot easier - of course you still need to use the little dial to find a channel but its easier and less painful for your ears without the crackle.
Due to the design, I didn't really think the radio would be up to much but once I saw that it was by Roberts I knew it would be very good quality. The sound is really sharp and the volume can go quite loud without cracking out and sounding strange - especially when listening to drum and bass. I love the fact there is a port to plug headphones in as it means I could listen to it to myself whilst doing coursework. I also used the headphone to headphone adaptor to use it for my ipod and it worked really well. The only downside is that my home doesn't really pick up very good radio signals for channels such as Kiss100 and CapitalFM so I'm stuck with Heart or Radio1 (more often than not Classical music!).
I would recommend this item if you're looking for an amazing quality radio thats something a little out of the ordinary - but it does come at quite a price. I love using mine as an iPod dock rather than the more modern ones for sale - its just so stylish and different! I have had so many compliments on the way it looks and sounds, especially when people think its about 30+ years old!
Let's face it, The Roberts revival radio range are very cool and stylish looking. I was bought this as a very extravagant gift and was extremely grateful for it, especially when I later found out the price of the thing! This Roberts RD60CKEF DAB / FM Radio in Cath Kidston Electric Flower is available in both the Cath Kidston brochure and on Amazon for £199.99 of your well-earned British pounds.
Roberts, an electrical company based in South Yorkshire who have been making radios for over seventy years and UK based designer Cath Kidston have joined forces to create this beautiful revival style portable DAB radio.
The radio comes in a variety of Cath Kidston designer prints, all of which are funky and colourful designs. My radio is the sixties style inspired electric flower pattern. This is composed of a cream/white background with large, funky and accentuated flowers on the top in bright and vibrant colours. Not to everyone's taste but very Austin Powers 'like' and funky to go in your home. Other prints available for the radio are a more traditional Cath Kidston style with floral designs and spots. The Roberts branding is written tastefully on the front of the radio with gold plated fittings.
The radio itself is based on a classic/retro design that was popular in the 1950's and 1960's, making this both stylish and iconic. The radio size is approximately 26cm wide x 16cm height x 10cm depth which means it is actually easily portable to your local park or rendezvous, though at this price mine will not be leaving the house. It has a patterned carry handle across the top of the radio in the same design as the radio itself. The radio weights approximately 1.5kg.
The radio itself doesn't in my opinion look like it will give amazing sound volume or quality, though for this sort of price you would certainly expect it. I have been pleasantly surprised with the sound generated from this.
The radio has an iPod and MP3 stereo line in socket for playing your music as well as a headphone jack. I am able to turn my iPod to a pretty loud volume and the bass and sound come through very strong and well from the front speaker. The best sound however comes from the DAB radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting). This is a lot more robust than listening to FM signal and gives a great clear and concise transmission. You are also able to use and manually tune into FM stations using the rotary tuning and volume controls on the top of the radio.
The auto tune radio function is a great addition to the machine along with the clear and bright LED display. The radio has a mains socket or can be battery operated; as I don't take mine out it is constantly plugged into the mains. This radio also has a very high battery life being stated to be up to 120 hours.
Other functions include:
FM RDS station name display
Favourite station preset button
Free 3 year guarantee
In truth I would not have spent £200 on a portable radio for myself as I have a great iPod dock already, but it is not only a radio but a household accessory that is stylish and retro. The performance is good, it looks great and I think will likely keep its value and for that reason I have to give it 5 out of 5!