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Roberts Vintage review
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Roberts’ Vintage DAB is their latest DAB/FM radio to offer retro styling.

 

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.

 

Conclusion

This is a well built compact radio, lacking advanced features, and falling a bit short on sound quality, and reception performance.

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Unlimited presets
  • Low power consumption
  • One-touch favourite station preset
  • Cons

  • Unstable design
  • No alarm features
  • No tone control
  • Radio Product Listing

    Brand
    Model
    Vintage
    Price
    £120.00
    Product status
    Launched
    FM
    Yes
    FM RDS
    Yes
    MW
    -
    LW
    -
    SW
    -
    DAB
    Yes
    DAB+
    -
    DMB
    -
    Other Bands
    -
    WiFi
    -
    WiFi Portal
    -
    iPod Dock
    -
    CD
    -
    Memory Card
    -
    USB
    -
    Line/Aux in
    Yes
    Line/Aux out
    Yes
    DAB Pause
    -
    DAB Record
    -
    Other Recording Features
    -
    PLL/Digital Tuning
    Yes
    Digital Display
    Yes
    Keypad Frequency Entry
    -
    Presets
    unlimited
    Remote Control
    -
    External Aerial Connection
    -
    Alarms
    -
    Buzzer
    -
    Snooze
    -
    Sleep
    -
    Loudspeaker(s) mm
    Dual 117mm x 42mm
    Stereo
    Yes
    Tone Control
    -
    Earphone Socket
    Yes
    Batteries
    4C
    Mains Adapter
    Plug adapter provided
    Solar Power/Wind-up
    -
    Power Consumption
    Typical 2W, Standby 0W
    Dimensions (w x h x d - mm)
    235 x 182 x 88
    Weight (g)
    916
    RLG Edition
    2012

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