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Review: Roberts Revival RD50SS DAB/FM radio


DAB radios have been around for a while and most of them don’t actually look that great. Roberts (who make gadgets for the Queen no less) have decided to make a good looking, stylish DAB radio that would grace any home, especially a stately one.

Revival range of DAB radios have been around for a while and this
latest version encases the electronics in a shiny stainless steel shell
which is very good looking. The box itself is not as heavy as a lot of
people would think and power is provided via an external power supply.
This is a bit odd when you open up the back of the radio to find enough
space inside to house an internal supply. When out and about and not
near a mains supply, you can power the radio for a few big batteries
(which fit inside when you open up the back of the radio.

front has a grill behind which the mono speaker sits. On top is the
Orange LCD panel which shows you which station is playing. As well as
this are the controls for volume and tuning as well as the Pause Plus
function button. There is also a favourite station button to store your
(one) favourite station (natch!) On the back are power connector,
aerial and line out.

Turning on, the radio pretty much goes
off and tunes into all the DAB stations available. When we tested it we
had to extend the aerial fully out to ensure good reception (otherwise
you get an annoying garbled sound). You have a choice of listening to
radio via the mono speaker or using the line out so you can plug the
radio into your stereo via the line out. Basically this is a
kitchen-type radio to listen to while making three-coloured fresh egg
chocolatebavior for your dinner party guests.

The Pause Plus
function is good for putting "Start the Week" on hold while your man
delivers the groceries. It can store up to 40 minutes of radio on its
memory (again just enough to record the Afternoon Play). There is only
one favourite channel you can store on the radio (so you can’t store
Radio 4 and 3 as favourites, you have to make that tough decision

The sound quality, as it is mono, may not please someone that requires
high-fidelity, but as we said earlier this is a radio for the kitchen
and definitely won’t look out of place in the home counties. It is a
lot more expensive than most DAB radios nowadays (it costs around £199)
but it is very well-built and will last for years (or until DAB+ comes

Rating: 8/10