My husband wanted a new alarm beside his bed but didn’t want the blaring sound that scares you awake, you press snooze wanting to feel the calmness again then repeat 3-4 times over and wake me in the process too. It wakes my husband with a slow volume rising sound which makes waking up that little bit more easier. You can set the radio to be on for a certain time then switch itself off or wake to the radio. The quality of sound is awesome.
When choosing to buy, i was a little troubled by those reviewers who criticised sound quality. Now, i don’t understand what they were on about. The sound quality is excellent for the price. I have a couple of wireless speakers, and the quality of the sound i’m getting from the roberts is just where i would expect it to be in comparison with them – one of them being more expensive, one cheaper. When you add in the things you’re getting over and above the wireless, this really is a very good value package which i thoroughly recommend. One unexpected bonus is that the range of dimming options includes an ultra-dim level. The only very minor quibble is that the sleep button is not easy to locate in the dark. That was easily fixed by putting a nipple of tape on the button top, but perhaps the designers could have built something in to address this.
2nd roberts radio i have bought, if this one continues to work for as long as the first (which i still use since 2011, has an apple dock on it, not this one). The device auto sets the clock, keeps track of my stations i set. Have not tried the bluetooth function, but when i do i will update this review.
Sounds great, easy to configure and dab sounds smooth and clear. It wakes you y slowly turning the volume up. Display has a dimmer function so you can set it’s brightness. My one and only criticism is that the 30 minute turn on timer function should have a raised surface. The amount of times i go to press it and turn the dimmer off annoys me. And, you can set it to 45, 60 or 90 minutes but it isn’t hard set so you have to choose how long you want it on for every time. Apart from that it is perfect.
- Simply the best alarm clock I’ve ever / am ever likely to
- Really Dim!
- The set up is pretty straightforward as per manual except in a few places
Roberts Radio Blutune 50 White DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth Sound System with 2.1 Speaker System
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- Digital radio
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- USB socket for iPhone or smartphone charging
An excellent little dab bought for a kitchen where bluetooth connection wanted to enable connection to smart phone. Very easy to set up and use. Some have commented on the quality of the sound for talk radio, but i don’t think this an issue. It does sound different from an old fashioned single speaker lo fi radio but you soon get used to it and careful palcement makes a big difference.
Brilliant, ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to a radio alarm clock. Firstly it’s really easy to use, it has 2 alarms that can be set individually, everyday, weekday or weekend options, you can set the volume of the alarm independent of the volume the device was last used at. The alarms are humane, so that they start off quieter and increase to full volume, rather than rocketing you out of bed. By far though the biggest plus for me is the fact that the display can be dimmed right down, in the past i have always found alarm clock displays too bright even on their dimmest setting however the roberts blutune really is very dim on its lowest setting, perfect for me because i’m really sensitive to light at nighti’ve found the quality of the sound to be just fine but i am no expert, i’ve also had no issues with dab reception despite living in an area which is notorious for having a weaker signal. I’ve also found the bluetooth speaker feature really easy to use, with both my wife and myself able to easily stream music from our phones when we have wanted to.
Great radio and bluetooth speaker. It has to be plugged into the mains as there is no rechargeable battery. Pleased with my purchase and use it often. If looking for a device for traveling look for a rechargeable and long battery life.
Don’t be put off by reviewers who moan about sound quality or volume. It works beautifully, looks great and feels like quality. You can buy cheaper dab radios but not as well designed as this. I expect this to last 20years.
I bought this radio because of its specifications and sound quality and it does not disappoint in those departments. I love the fm/dab radio, the bluetooth and the usb connection. The sound is also excellent. I can also easily stream content from my android phone through the speakers of the blutune. Where this system falls down for me is in its usability. I bought this system for a bedside radio/alarm and i find it really difficult to navigate the buttons. The buttons are all clustered on top of the device and i often find myself fumbling to find what should be simple buttons such as the on/off, the function, alarm, etc. I have numerous times become very frustrated when trying to do simple tasks. The pre-set stations are also difficult to select with a number of steps required to say get to pre-set 6 on the system. The display is far too bright for night-time use however turning it down is again a hit and miss by trying to select the correct button.
A nice radio, but the tuning and presets are too complicated. Just, say, four proper presets would be fine. It’s not too bad on dab once set up, but one has to remember to press the tuning button to make the final selection. At least the station names are displayed though. Try to do the same on fm and one is presented with a list of frequencies. I only remember one or two, so the doesn’t help much. It does if you live in an area with poor signal strength and there are many of those, so fm is important. I agree with previous comments about too much bass in some circumstances. I built my own radio set at the age of 13 and have been in electronics all my life. In my opinion this set goes a long way , but is too complicated in some areas and misses important (simple) points in others.
The perfect solution to getting a good sound into our small kitchen. Sits comfortably on the windowsill yet packs a real punch with its subwoofer. We’ve had this for several months now using it every day and unfortunately the power adaptor went faulty – but within 24 hours we were delivered a brand new system. Full marks for amazon’s customer service.
It does the job of providing a dab radio for the morning while getting ready for work, but the sound quality just isn’t as good as i’d like it to be. The bass is so strong (and unadjustable) that when a radio presenter is talking they sound almost distorted – fine for music but not for talk shows. Pairs fine with our devices though, alarm works fine as well. Just was hoping for better sound quality for the asking price. Dab radio does provide great, clear reception though.
Over the last few years i have had several clock radios. The display is large enough to read easily and has several brightness levels including a very dim one for night time. For a clock radio the sound quality is excellent. It has several alarm modes including weekday and weekend and the audio wake up up function fades in gently. The functions are so logical to use that you will not need to refer to the handbook.
Slightly “boomy” sound which makes it sound a little hollow (i’d like more treble – why don’t dab radios have bass & treble controls??), but overall it’s ok. Easy to use and it keeps great time too, unlike several pure dab radios i have experienced, which are persistently a couple of minutes slow. You could do a lot worse for the price, and given a choice of this or a pure, this would win every time.
Nice quality, good looking radio / alarm – it’s very easy to set up & program. Unfortunately, its sound (when listening to classical music) is simply not up to usual roberts standard – though not overly unpleasant – it’s just a bit too bass-heavy and i haven’t been able to adjust it to my taste. Spoken voice is fine though. Other than that, it’s a very nice quality system with an effective (duel) alarm function that gradually increases in volume (up to your own pre-set maximum) so it wakes you gently. The backlight can be dimmed right down to an almost discernible level – for those who don’t like a bright display. To be honest, i’d give it another star if it weren’t for the high price and the heavy bass tone.
This is a really good bit of kit but being a bit picky i do have three niggles. 1, the aerial is one of these silly bits of wire. This looks really naff and for the price paid a proper aerial would be a big improvement. 2, it could do with some pips or ridges on one or two of the buttons to make them easily identifiable in the dark or when you are laid down and cannot see the top surface of the radio3, quote from another review:-‘the other issue is that sound is really good with deep bass; in fact i think the bass is a bit too heavy and i would have liked to reduce the bass and increase the treble. There is no adjustment for this; not even a simple ‘tone’ feature. ‘ i agree with this completely. So, overall it is very, very good, but the above items slightly niggle me. Lastly, i was originally surprised that there was no battery backup, but this seems to be unnecessary as the radio appears to remember all your settings, so if there is a power cut during the night, it should still wake you up in the morning. Also you can unplug and move it around the house without a problem.
Bought myself one of these for christmas (actually i asked my parents to buy me one but my dad couldn’t ‘work’ amazon, so i bought it for myself). Anyhoo, i’d read that some reviewers thought it was a little bass heavy which made listening to voice radio difficult. I listen to radio 4 from time to time and have had no difficulties with it. Music sounds fine too, it fills the bedroom and sounds rich. It has two alarms which are easy to set. It also has three different dimmer settings, the lowest of which is very dim which is good if you like your room nice and dark at night. This product looks good on my bedside table. I’m impressed with this product and am very pleased with it.
Bought for my teenage son – he loves it . Decent sound quality and small enough to fit on a window sill .
Excellent product but i would say it needed a bass adjustment as booms a little on hard surfaces.
Disliked buttons on top flush with casing which look good to the designer. What would be preferable; large, proud off/snooze buttons to make sleep easier for drowsier user.
This really is a fantastic radio with crystal clear reception. The controls are pretty self-explanatory. The bluetooth has to be heard to be believed. The sound fills the room,it may be a little bass heavy,but i like that (favourite radio station is planet rock). Classical music is quite clear,even in the quiet passages. All in all a fantastic machine,which i can recommend to anyone.