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This is a review of the Roberts RD60 retro radio that has been in circulation since 2010. I got mine from John Lewis for the sumly price of £140. It is widely available in most major department stores and electrical retailers and whilst the price varies a little, this does seem to be currently the average price for it. Purchasing it via John Lewis I got a 2 year guarantee (although I have yet to use this).
The main appeal for me with this radio was the retro styling. Mine is black (as per dooyoo image) with gold trimming. It is a shiny hard plastic with a black leather carrying strap. The radio is available in various different colours including different shades of blue, different shades of red, different shades of green. It also comes in pink, cream, grey and various different limited edition patterns like the union jack and a flower design. The prices of the limited edition radio's really goes up and can set you back around £200. My sister has the red radio and interestingly hers comes in a leather design and not hard plastic like mine.
The famous Roberts logo is imprinted on the front and currently shows no sign of wearing on mine (I have had this radio for around a year and a half now). The design is pretty good and I have no obvious signs of wear and tear on mine although as we keep it in the kitchen I have a habit of changing the channels with grubby paws and the design does tend to show smudge marks quite easily. It is simple to wipe with a dry cloth however and wipe the grubbiness away.
This radio is not waterproof however so be careful when using in kitchen, outdoors or anywhere near water!
This is a fairly chunky radio at 15.5 by 25 cms. It weighs a bit more than a standard bag of sugar at 1.5kg - without any batteries in. However with the leather strap it is easy to transport - the strap seems very safe and reliable and I use with no problems.
This is an incredibly easy to use radio. It has an adapter to tun off your mains electricity (which is the main way we use this) but if you want to take it away from the home with you it runs off 4 D batteries. you put these in by opening the back of the case (there is a golden clasp and it open/closes much like a suitcase would). The battery life is 120 hours which is darn good value for (battery) money if you ask me. I haven't tested this yet as whilst I have taken the radio on holiday I have not played it for 120 hours yet!
There are very few buttons and they are all aligned on the top of the radio. What I like about the buttons however is that they tell you EXACTLY what they do in PLAIN English so for techno-phobes like myself it is really easy to use eg. the on/off button is marked on/off; auto tune is marked auto tune. There are two dials on the top also which control the volume and also are for manual tuning if you so wish (why you would want to with auto tune though I'm not really sure). The only issue I have found with the volume dial in particular is that there is no indication as to how loud or quiet the radio is - I have turned it on a few times now to be quite surprised as to how loud it it!
*How does it sound?*
For the most part great! This is a DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio. When listening to music the station and track will be displayed on the unit (which turns amber when on). This is really useful as when you hear a track you really like you can write it down.
In terms of sound quality I have found it very good - although you only have one speaker at the front it does pack a punch! It does struggle with particular types of music however - eg with drum n bass it does tend to show the bass up quite a bit so if you have it too loud it will vibrate and the sound quality goes down. It is perfectly suited however to quieter types of music like folk and indie. It is also very good and gives clear, crisp sound when listening to plays, interviews and debates.
The radio has a clock which is pretty standard, but does not have an alarm which is very disappointing - especially for a radio of this price.
You can plug your headphones into this also but one of the best features I find of this radio is that you can plug in and play music from your iphone and ipod.
I have mixed feelings as I do love this retro styled radio - although for the price that it is the sound quality could be better. I would recommend if you want a stylish and simple radio; however anything more I would look elsewhere as this is very costly and I think you pay more for style than substance. So, whilst I adore this radio I have to drop two stars for cost and some occasional iffy sound quality.
Roberts is an English company, based in South Yorkshire, which is famous for creating fabulous, timeless radios. The company has been making radios for over 80 years and they have a huge variety available. Their products are unique, individual, of high quality and durable. That is why they have been so successful for so long. I first came across a Roberts radio about five years ago when I was in Cornwall. I instantly adored the vintage design of them and found myself looking out for them wherever I went. I have always adored them from afar but it was only recently that I took the plunge and invested in one. I hope that it will last me for many years to come!
The Revival RD-60 has a classic 1950s retro design with up-to-date DAB features. It is the classic radio that springs to mind when you think about Roberts or vintage electronics. It has a whole range of features, which makes it a brilliant gadget, designed to suit all of your listening needs. It is portable and the perfect size to move around so you can listen to music wherever you like. It is by far my favourite of all of the Roberts radios that I have seen!
*The beauty of it...*
The main reason I fell in love with radio and decided to buy it was for its appearance. I am a huge fan of vintage and this radio had the perfect 1950s retro style. The radio has a wooden casing and a leather-cloth finish. It is a rectangular shape and has a foldable handle to carry it with. A gold plated "Roberts" sign appears on the front of the radio and the gold speaker makes up the rest. The radio is not very big but it is the perfect size for what it is at 250mm (w) x 155mm (h) x 100mm (d). It weighs just 1.49 kg so it is ideal for transporting around the house. The design of the radio really is stunning and it is just beautiful to look at.
The radio is available in a variety of vintage, pastel colours. It took me quite a while to decide on the colour that I did, as they all are stunning. The colours are burgundy, duck egg, green, pastel cream, red, cocoa, cassis, pastel pink, saffron, leaf and blue. I eventually decided on the leaf colour as it looked fresh and it is the type of colour that would blend in well anywhere. All of the colours available are beautiful and if I could afford it I would get one in every shade, but for now, I am very happy with my leaf green radio.
There are two ways of powering the radio; with batteries or with an AC adaptor. The radio takes four D size batteries and it recommended that these are used for occasional use or when not near a mains socket. The alternative way of powering the radio is through an AC adaptor, which connects the radio to a mains socket through a socket on the back of the radio. I tend to plug the radio in when I am listening to it however; it has some batteries in for if I move it out of the reach of a plug. The D size batteries last for approximately 120 hours of listening time.
The controls to the radio are on the top of it so that they are easily accessible and neatly laid out. There are two knobs at either side, one for volume control and one for tuning control. There is also a LCD display screen with "ROBERTS" underneath it and a royal stamp of approval either side. The screen is of a very high quality and it is very clear. There is also a low battery indicator, a headphone socket, an auxiliary input socket, the on/off button, a favourite button, a FM/DAB button, an auto tune button, an info button and a preset button. There is a telescopic gold aerial that folds up from the back and is easily extendable to improve radio signal. All of the controls are easy to understand and there is a great manual included with the radio that helps explain each and every one.
To use the radio, first of all you need to carefully extend the aerial. I find that I can get a good signal without always doing this however; it certainly helps in some areas of the house. The easiest way to tune your radio is to hit auto-tune or if that does not suit, then manually scroll through until you find the station of your choice. Saving the stations into favourites is easy too so that every time you turn the radio on, they are there waiting for you. It clearly displays on the LCD screen what radio station you are listening to and it tells you when it is saved etc. The tuning scans are very sensitive and they pick up all the reachable radio stations out there.
*FM or DAB?*
FM or DAB? The choice is there. I personally prefer DAB, as there is a larger variety of great stations to listen to however sometimes I do switch over to FM too. The quality of DAB radio is so much higher than FM and this is another reason why I prefer to listen to it also. My favourite stations include Radio 1, Heart, Kiss and Capital FM.
The radio has three sockets which are there to improve your listening experience. On the top of the radio, there is a headphone socket so that you can listen to the radio more privately and an auxiliary input socket so that you can plug your iPod or MP3 player in and listen to your music off that. On the back of the radio, just above where you plug in your adapter there is a line out socket where you can attach an external speaker. Each socket has a 3.5mm dia. I love plugging my iPod in to the radio and playing my favourite songs through it.
The radio has a 75mm full range speaker which gives it a fantastic, crystal clear sound quality. The radio goes quite loud but no matter what the volume, the sound stays consistently good. I was quite surprised when I first turned the radio on and listened to how wonderful the sound was, as I had never heard a radio so clear. From the first listen, you can tell that the radio is of a very high standard.
*Ease of use*
Once you have had a quick fiddle around with all the buttons and worked out what does what then the radio is very easy to use. If you save a few of your favourite radio stations then it makes it easier and quicker to reach them when you turn it on. The LCD screen is a great help and reference feature that tells you everything you need to know. There is a superb manual included with the radio that talks you through how to use it and what everything does in understandable terms.
Here are some important and great tips for keeping your radio at its best:
*do not expose the radio to water, steam or sand.
*wipe clean with a damp cloth only.
*avoid storing the radio at extreme temperatures.
Roberts offer a guarantee with the radio so that if it is faulty or should breakdown due to a fault within twelve months from the original purchase date then they will replace or fix it. More information regarding this can be found in the radio's manual.
*Price & Availability*
The radios RRP is £160 however I would definitely recommend shopping around to see where you can get the best deal. I bought my radio off Isme.com as I had a money off voucher and so I actually ended up paying £130. This does seem a lot for a radio however in my opinion it is definitely worthwhile. It is a fantastic addition to any home and is of a very high quality.
I cannot emphasise how much I love this radio. After admiring them for years, I am so glad that I finally bought one. I hope that with a little but of care this radio will last me for a long time. It is such a beautiful feature to have in any room and because it is portable, I can place it anywhere to enjoy. It is not just about how it looks though; the radio has great software and features that make it even more desirable. I love that I can enjoy music from my iPod on the radio and that the sound quality is so high, it makes listening to music an even more pleasurable experience!
I would definitely recommend this radio to anyone and everyone. It is quite pricey; however, it is a very worthwhile investment and is sure to be a prized possession of anybody who is a fan of the 1950s vintage style and classic radios.
For more information about Roberts and this radio, check out their website at www.robertsradio.co.uk.
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The most striking thing about this classy radio is its beautiful appearance. The buttons on the Roberts Revival RD-60 Radio are retro style, soft and darkish in colour. My Roberts Revival RD-60 which I received as a birthday gift last year from my father, looks incredible in my lounge. However, if I transferred this radio to my kitchen I don't think it would look quite as fitting. The black casing of the Roberts Revival RD-60 is what called my attention the most simply because it is shiny and without a doubt attractive. Furthermore, the golden coloured aerial, front grille and controls enhance the retro look associated with this trendy looking Roberts Revival RD-60 model. If you are not into retro then maybe you won't be into the style of this radio either.
The Roberts Revival RD-60 has a very good sound quality but in comparison, I have heard from other friends and relatives that the RD-50 model in terms of sound, is a slight improvement on this. As far as I can gather, there is no huge difference and I can confirm that while the RD-60 broadcasts human speech and classical music excellently, it isn't that great if you enjoy listening to pop music. Apparently, the sound produced from a RD-60 is slightly more restricted than it is with a RD-50. With continued use, the sound quality may increase but, unfortunately there is no technique available to alter the sound output. The RD-60 does not contain a manual equaliser which is more powerful than a DRC. The fact that this radio contains a DRC means that it makes quieter sounds clearer when there is a great deal of noise. I have noticed that when I plug in my headphones the sound quality of my RD-60 improves greatly. I have some Apple earbuds which I purchased for my iPod and they sound magnificent with this radio.
An advantage of the RD-60 is that it has an infinite number of preset buttons. One of the main features which I like the most is that it has a "favourite" button which is preset to Classic FM which you can reprogram. I always enjoy a relaxing listening experience when listening to my RD-60 due to the fact that I can pick up powerful FM and DAB signals and there is never much hissing sound to be heard. The RD-60 in short, boasts the following featurs firstly, a port for headphones secondly, an auxillary-in on the top and thirdly, a line-out at the rear, so it enables you to use it as a speaker for an MP3 player or connect its output to some improved quality speakers. In contrast, one of the main disadvantages of the Roberts Revival RD-60 in my opinion is that it does not have an internal memory. In relation to value for money, I would say that it is expensive when you realise that there are very few parts inside this radio however, the classy, glamourous look of the RD-60 radio is certainly what calls the attention of customers.
The Roberts Revival RD-60 radio has an atrractive wooden case which feels well built and strong. In addition to this, the comfy leather handle fits gently in your hand. Also, there is a clasp on one side of the case and hinges on the other. The clasp and the hinges hold the rear of the radio in place. When I opened up my RD-60 I could see a speaker, various cables and space to fit four D-cell batteries. I have had my radio in working order for just under 120 hours with some new batteries or if you prefer, you can use the adaptor in the box and plug it in.
If you are a radio lover like I am then hurry and add this to your wish list. It isn't the best digital radio on the market but, it is certainly 100 percent classy! I wanted a retro radio and I have to say, I am very satisfied with it. Why not see if you are as impressed as I am?!
I had been looking into getting a DAB for a few years, but the ones I originally saw - Pure, were a bit too modern for my taste. My kitchen is a classic country style & I wanted a radio to listen while I was cooking.
However, looking through John Lewis one day I found this and fell in love with it. It was quite pricy so I had to wait until Christmas.
The radio is a retro looking style with a gold grill/badge and catches. The look and feel is very high quality and it is soft leather finish which comes in a multitude of colours. I have gone for the cream as it goes best in my kitchen.
It has a door which opens to put the batteries in the back, which had a very retro feel. You have expect to find glass valves in there!
The DAB is brilliant as you can pick up many more radio stations than you can with a normal radio. So you have a better choice of music & more likely to find something you like (I hate Radio1)
The sound quality on this radio is brilliant! Our household are big on music, my other half is a musician and our main stereo is a big amp powered stereo with studio speakers. We were very impressed with the sound quality that comes out of this little radio.
It is extremely easy to use, just one button press to autotune into the stations, then there is a nob to turn throught the stations.
Also there is a good feature of the digital display which show the radio station and also (if the station supports it) the song playing.
I love my Roberts Revival because it is functional as well as beautiful. It provides all of the popular DAB channels with ease, on a scroll menu controlled by one of the white, circular buttons on the top of the radio. You can set a series of regularly listened to channels onto a shortlist that makes accessing them much faster and can set a 'favourite' radio to be accessed in just one click. The radio doubles up as an excellent speaker, because with the purchase of a connective wire you can plug your iphone or ipod into the radio - mine was £15 from the Apple Store but you may find cheaper options online! This saves money and space as you don't need to buy separate iPod speakers. Your radio comes with a connective plug to use mains power but if you want it to be used on the go, you can buy a special battery adaptor, which has a set life span. I would thoroughly recommend this radio for vintage fans and technology-addicts alike!
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 :)
This is a great little radio in pretty much every department - appearance, sound quality, battery life - everything. As you can see from the picture it looks great, and is available in a variety of different colours - I've got the blue one. It's well-designed, and if you're into 'retro' radios, this is one of the best. Despite the size of the speaker, the sound it produces is amazing - deep and bassy and crystal clear, and it manages to keep this qualities even when it's turned up to its highest volume - which is pretty damn loud. But one of its best features is its battery life - it's advertised as lasting for up to 120 hours, and this is no exaggeration. It is a bit pricey, yes, and if you're not that fussed about appearance then I would recommend you get a much cheaper version - but if you want a portable radio that looks great and sounds great, then I would seriously consider this one.