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I regret purchasing this unit recently...

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12.01.2007

Advantages:
simple controls, reasonable looks

Disadvantages:
EATS BATTERIES, poor DAB, headphones disintegrated  !

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  1. daylehall
  2. sunmeilan
helpful by (50%):
  1. Julieshobs
  2. the_enlightened_one
  3. MAFARRIMOND
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  1. Claiiiree
  2. strike80

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Not a great product, unfortunately.
I bought this after reviewing a number of offerings from different manufacturers, basically I wanted a DAB radio for music on the move, I was not interested in mp3, dont like mp3 !
I liked the Roberts because it offered DAB and 'normal fm' as a fallback (DAB does need a good signal to work right) and it was a simple clean machine, and the controls were also simple and seemed 'better' than controls of the units I compared the Roberts to. It did have a nice 'feel' to it.
Ok, so I staretd to use it...first day good, DAB not brilliant, quite a few 'gurgles' from the headphones whilst on the move, signal was not quite good enough to get a good clear dab signal, hence the 'gurglies', however if I didnt move about it was fine..! I switched to regular FM..noisier but it worked, and my journey to and from work was suddenly 'eased' due to me having radio on the move.

All this was fine, for about a week...then it dawned on me. The unit EATS batteries, even on regular FM, on DAB it is positively ravenous !!
Doing the math, AA batteries range enormously in price, bute lets say a pair of duracell last two days (only using the unit about 2 hrs a day max !) and duracells average £1.00 each per AA ...Thats over £4.00 per week in batteries.

So why dont I use rechargeables..that brings me to the second point, the unit has a 'dodgy' battery meter/shutoff function..the meter on left of display gets down to about 1/3 battery capacity showing then shuts off...given that rechargeables have a lower overall battery voltage to begin with then it means that a rechargeable battery will last even less long in the unit..not good..my solution..? I took another pair of batteries along with me..I literally was counting down to when the batteries would be 'exhausted' and I'd need to swap them out...It says on the ac adapter socket the the unit needs 3volts at
300 ma..that a LOT of current to draw from a AA battery !

So what else, ah yes, the headphones (lets call this the 'final nail in the coffin' ) fell apart, and one side has failed, so I now get to listen in 'mono' ..this happened some five weeks after ownership, and the unit has NOT had a 'hard life' at all.

All in all I am hugely disappointed in the product, it is bulky, heavy, and unreliable, but the most off putting thing is the short battery life..it will cost me nearly £200 per year, yes £200 in batteries ..!

Im taking the unit back to the local store where I bought it..sorry, I simply cannot reccommend this unit for music on the move.
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Julieshobs 14.01.2007 21:27

Hi and welcome to Ciao. Jules.

daylehall 14.01.2007 14:12

Welcome to Ciao. xx

strike80 12.01.2007 13:52

I agree with short battery life and expensive compare to what other products available on the market.

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Manufacturer Roberts
World Receiver No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) with Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), DAB, Yes
EAN 5038301700140
Noise Reduction without Noise Reduction
Tuner with Digital Tuner
Remote Control No
Cassette Player without Cassette Player

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This review of Roberts RD 14 has been rated:

"very helpful" by (25%):

  1. daylehall
  2. sunmeilan

"helpful" by (50%):

  1. Julieshobs
  2. the_enlightened_one
  3. MAFARRIMOND

and a further member

"somewhat helpful" by (25%):

  1. Claiiiree
  2. strike80

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