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Roberts DAB Gemini 33 Radio

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      19.01.2011 22:51
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      expensive but high quality

      I was given this clock radio for my birthday and I wasn't too sure about it because I didn't feel like I needed it. Now I've moved house though into a smaller (much smaller room) this compact beauty is really coming into its own!

      It basically looks like the picture above with a large lit up (you can dim/turn off the light) analogue clock. The whole thing is about 8 inches tall and it is what I would describe as "squat" hence it fits into my small room perfectly. I really wish I had discovered this beauty earlier as it is ace and has loads of good features. The backlight on the clock perhaps a little bright, but the dimmer setting is excellent for sleepy sleeps time so this isn't really a problem.

      The radio is good quality. Roberts is a brilliant and well-established brand for radios and this is one of their DAB digital models. It's easy to control, the buttons for the different features have clear symbols representing what they do and the little screen above the clock which is 2-line clearly displays the the radio station which is on/the song which is currently playing. I've found so far, as I guess is to be expected for a Roberts, the radio has excellent sound quality, even if signal is quite poor. There is a wire ariel which I have tacked up the wall and this gives great sound quality.

      As well as playing a plethora of DAB stations, there is also an SD card slot which lets you play MP3s from your SD card, and there is aux in for iPod (and other players) connection so you can play off your iPlayer. You can also ue the line out to connect external speakers or soundcards if you need it louder.

      As we are all beginning to get used to a live we cn control in terms of what we listen to/watch and when, this radio lives up to this as it has a brill feature of instant record, which lets you record from the radio and then be able to listen back later. Like this feature, another good one is the 'PausePlus' function which allows you to pause live radio and continue from where you paused it. I haven't really used this as I don't mind if I iss something but it is a nice feature for those who care or don't like to miss things.

      A feature I use a lot is the alarm system. I have now replaced my phone as my alarm and it is nice to be woken up by the radio. The set gives you the ability to set 4 different alarms which is easy as there are 4 seperate buttons, means you can set different alarm for weekend/special occasion without losing your alarm for getting up in morning (always helpful!)

      There are 5 preset buttons for stations so that you can save in your favourites and save searching for your favourites every time, this is a bit like the feature which you generally get on car radios and it is easy to programme and use.

      Overall this radio is good. It is high quality and it lives up to its namesake. There are good features which are easy to understand and use, it fits well in every room as it is lovely and compact and the black and silver colours go with lots of things. Price-wise though, it does come in high. I think this retails (from roberts) for about £100 which i think is a lot for a radio. There are cheaper out there but hopefullyt this one will last me a long time and I a very greatful that I got it as a brithday present.

      Any questions, please leave me a comment and I'll try to answer it.

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