Features and Performance
It looks like a cross between the RD-60 (reviewed 2010) and the Expression (reviewed 2011). Although the styling isn’t quite as accomplished as either of these radios, the use of leather and wood finishes work really well, the unit feels very well built, and will appeal to those who yearn for classic styled Roberts radio sets. The controls are on the top panel of the radio, which means you have to peer down on it for successful operation. Two rotary knobs flank the bright LCD display, which is clear and easy to read, although there is no backlight adjustment. Below this sits a row of small buttons which are clearly labelled, and easy to use, however care must be taken not to push back on the radio whilst operating these as the design is a little unstable. Unlimited presets are easily stored and recalled, and there is a dedicated button for one favourite station. Although not part of Roberts Eco range, the Vintage does have ‘Eco’ credentials, using just 2W of power when running. Roberts claim a battery life of up to 80 hours from 4 C type batteries, and the Vintage also has a built-in battery charger for compatible batteries. Reception performance is fine for strong stations, but the unit struggles with weak and FM stations. On DAB shortening the telescopic aerial to around 600 mm does improve performance. Sound quality is reasonable, for a small radio, but not as good as you might expect given the price tag.
This is a well built compact radio, lacking advanced features, and falling a bit short on sound quality, and reception performance.