Product Type: Roberts portable radios
Newest Review: ... want a reliable clear quality radio signal to your music device, then you cannot go wrong with this Roberts Robi model. I do recommend it b... more
DAB on the Go - at a price
Roberts Robi DAB Radio
Member Name: northernlovely
Roberts Robi DAB Radio
Advantages: Clear signal, well made
The Roberts Robi DAB Radio is a strange one as it's not actually a portable DAB device in itself, it's an inline DAB radio which works with your iPod.
It's pretty small and the controls work as inline controls for the mp3 features on your ipod, and fits into the dock connector to the bottom of the iPod. I've used it with a Classic but it works with most other models of larger iPod (ie, not the Nano / Shuffle). I bought mine for £55 however you can now pick it up more around the £50 mark - pricey if you're not a radio fan but it adds that much needed DAB radio functionality to your iPod.
The unit itself is small as you'd expect for an inline device. It has a 1 line backlit blue screen with LCD display which shows the name of the station you're tuned to (and when changing volume / settings or when in use with the iPod for track names and so on). It's small, black and has a five button control in silver (volume up and down, next and last track / fast forward and rewind, and play/pause). It's pretty smart looking and very very light in weight, which it needs to be as the iPod bud style earphones fit right into it and therefore you 'carry' the DAB radio when the iPod itself is in your pocket.
Ease of use is excellent. A skim of the instructions and I was away - and picking up stations is a doddle. As it's DAB the quality of the channels is excellent - crystal clear - and the volume went to a high level with no loss or distortion. It's very easy to use in general and the quality is excellent all round - build quality, too. It does come with a warranty but not one I've needed to use as it has lasted me six months and counting. It might not be for the occasional iPod user or radio listener - I can't see anyone wanting to fork out £50 (on top of the price of the iPod and music) in order to listen to the radio for five minutes a day. But if you use the iPod to commute, or do sports and want a reliable clear quality radio signal to your music device, then you cannot go wrong with this Roberts Robi model. I do recommend it but only if you have the need for it due to the price, which is almost the cost of a bigger stand alone DAB radio (ie, one that doesn't need an iPod in order to work).
Overall I do like the unit, I'd have liked it much more at say the £30 - £35 mark but it does work well and will last me, and I've had no problems with it. So I will award it a four out of five for being maybe not essential, and certainly a little overpriced, but good at what it does.
Summary: Only if you need DAB on the go, otherwise stick to your MP3s
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