Roberts Radio Blutune 50 DAB/DAB : Great piece of kit, loverly sound

Great piece of kit, loverly sound. This is my second dab radio and again, in additon to dab radio i wanted to connect an ipod. The differnce here is that instead of a physical dock (which apple seems to like to change the shape of on a regular basis. ) you can connect using bluetooth – which also means my samsung phone is connectable as well – happy days. This pretty much works out of the box, plugged in and it sets the date/time and scans for available stations. All goodstation slection is via a turnable dial (very retro. You can select some presets as well (both fm and dab ) and that is easy to do as welli liked the ability to dim the front screen and there is a nice sleep function – so far all pretty standardbut the main advantage is the sound – its a big step better than my other dab radio and you can connect other speakers as well – so the combination of better sound and bluetooth connectivity makes this just what i was looking for – recommeded.

Great sound if you position it carefully. . I spent a long time reading reviews, trying to decide which radio to get. I wanted a reasonably small dab clock radio with good sound quality at a reasonable price. Roberts used to make great radios but some of their more recent models have been not so good and i was a bit concerned about some comments about this radio which talked about too much bass and muffled sound. In the end i decided it ticked most of my boxes and i’d take a risk and i’m glad i didthis is a great little radio. The sound is really good for its size. I think people who’ve had problems with bass must have positioned it badly. I suppose clock radios often end up in the corner of the room which is not the ideal position for any speaker. I particularly like the dimmable display and the way the sound fades up when the alarm comes on – nice touches.

Roberts Radio Blutune 50 DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth Sound System with 2.1 Speaker System

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  • Digital Radio
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  • 2.1 Speaker System for fantastic sound quality
  • USB socket for iPhone or smartphone charging

The set up is pretty straightforward as per manual except in a few places. I have now had this out of the box for 3 hours. The set up is pretty straightforward as per manual except in a few places. The dab tunes immediately and is automatic, but dab ‘manual’ tuning is more difficult and is not quite like page 10 of the 41 page manual. I am going back later to have another go. I didn’t need the drc (pg11) or the prune (pg12). Fm auto tune (pg13) will also be re-attempted later as i went for the manual tune on page 14. Display options were straightforward. Storing the station pre sets 10 dab and 10 fm was logical and does what it says. Bluetooth with a samsung galaxy was very fast and the bluetooth music from android to blutune was really good.

Brilliant compact dab radio, easy to use. Base and sound quality is excellent.

Does everything you could want. . I imagine that roberts design team sat down and thought about all the things they could put into a radio, and what should be left out. And then thought, ‘nah, let’s just put everything in’. This is really a do-it-all radio. Want the new-fangled dab digital radio?. Prefer the old-school fm broadcasts?. Maybe bluetooth it to my laptop?. You can even charge up your mobile phone with it, and even bung a headphone in there. I really can’t think of anything else they could have put on. The design is sort of retro-modern, with nice tactile knobs, but slightly plasticky buttons.

Brilliant radio alarm clock, and i’m really fussy. ************************still all good. An update to the below, i have lived with this around a year, i am still very pleased with it, it is faultless, never let me down, still easy to use. To answer one question the volume does go really low – on speech radio at least, if you want it to, to not disturb someone trying to sleep next to you while you listen. Also the brightness does go low enough to not disturb you sleeping. A minor thing that impressed me, if you turn it off or have a power cut, it recovers everything as it was quickly, to the correct time and remembers all the pre-sets and alarm settings. I tend to turn it off at the wall when i go away for a few days to keep the neighbours happy. Also i regularly use the usb port on the back to charge a phone or a kindle, very useful as there is no socket within yards of it. I have never noticed the phone interfere with it, but i don’t put the phone on top of it*************************got this after sending my revo axis x3 back in disgust.

Brilliant compact dab radio, easy to use. Base and sound quality is excellent.

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.

Does everything you could want. . I imagine that roberts design team sat down and thought about all the things they could put into a radio, and what should be left out. And then thought, ‘nah, let’s just put everything in’. This is really a do-it-all radio. Want the new-fangled dab digital radio?. Prefer the old-school fm broadcasts?. Maybe bluetooth it to my laptop?. You can even charge up your mobile phone with it, and even bung a headphone in there. I really can’t think of anything else they could have put on. The design is sort of retro-modern, with nice tactile knobs, but slightly plasticky buttons.

Good sound but poor controls – not easy to use in the dark. The sound is great but the controls are poor. The buttons on the top of the radio are just not well designed for everyday use. I challenge anyone to turn it on or off without having to look at the top of the device with the light on.

Bit bassy at the start but its settling down nicely now.

It’s the model before this we’ve got and it’s a beast; pro-logic, touch sensitive, you virtually need an education to work it.

Nice box but poor sound due to no top end. All bass and low mid range boom. Other than the sound quality this worked fine. Nice to have a big time display. But i expect better from someone like this. If you’re going to give people such low clarity sound as standard you should offer adjustable eq settings.

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  1. This review is from : Roberts Radio Blutune 50 DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth Sound System with 2.1 Speaker System

    Will definitely buy several more sets in the future. Many critics say that this product is worth the price. I totally agree, because it is really good. Worth the buy brilliant piece of kit delivery soon, something good, have the effect. My colleagues are very like. Oh come again next time very pleased with the purchase.
  2. This review is from : Roberts Radio Blutune 50 DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth Sound System with 2.1 Speaker System

    Will definitely buy several more sets in the future. Many critics say that this product is worth the price. I totally agree, because it is really good. Worth the buy brilliant piece of kit delivery soon, something good, have the effect. My colleagues are very like. Oh come again next time very pleased with the purchase.
    1. Bought mainly for the bluetooth which connects nicely to my tablet. As a radio musically it sounds lovely and rich. But for speech some may not like the bass which can make it sound boomy. It really needs a tone adjustment which it doesnt have. Ive blocked the bass speaker partially. Its very well made and easy to use.
      1. Bought mainly for the bluetooth which connects nicely to my tablet. As a radio musically it sounds lovely and rich. But for speech some may not like the bass which can make it sound boomy. It really needs a tone adjustment which it doesnt have. Ive blocked the bass speaker partially. Its very well made and easy to use.
  3. This review is from : Roberts Radio Blutune 50 DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth Sound System with 2.1 Speaker System

    Excellent product but i would say it needed a bass adjustment as booms a little on hard surfaces. Excellent product but i would say it needed a bass adjustment as booms a little on hard surfaces.
    1. Excellent product but i would say it needed a bass adjustment as booms a little on hard surfaces. Excellent product but i would say it needed a bass adjustment as booms a little on hard surfaces.
      1. But i love its sound quality and looks stylish. Received yesterday so haven’t played with it much as yet. But i love its sound quality and looks stylish.
  4. But i love its sound quality and looks stylish. Received yesterday so haven’t played with it much as yet. But i love its sound quality and looks stylish.