Digital radios: Compare features & prices Roberts Revival RD-60 review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/audio/reviews/digital-radios/roberts-revival-rd-60/review/
The retro-looking Roberts Revival RD-60 FM and DAB radio is a popular classic available in a range of colours. The retro styling continues through the design to its tuning and volume dials, but the LCD display and input connection for MP3 players and iPod bring it up to date. We put it through our tests to see if it sounds as good as it looks.
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good radio - but poor quality leather case
my parents had this radio for several years and love it. Except after a while the leather on the case all began to peel and crack until it looked a complete mess. The radio still worked perfectly. So recently they went to John Jewis to buy another, but found even the new ones on display were already cracking and peeling too! so they decided against it (esp if your paying £140ish) and bought a cheaper one from another make.
Reasonable sounding radio let down by peeling case covering
Chosen because all my previous Roberts portables had pleasant sound, were nice to use and looked attractive. This DAB version has pleasant sound, though a little muffled. No treble/bass adjustment control which I miss for classical music.It is a bit heavy to carry around with batteries, but it has an easy to use case style opening to battery compartment. (I usually just leave it in one place connected to the mains.) I don't like the "gold" trimmings. Ariels always broke on my previous Roberts and were difficult to repair, but so far this one is OK.My first Roberts portable had a leather handle and case trimming (probably colour dyed). It lasted over 30 years with no signs of wear even though it was carried everywhere, all day long.The real dissappointment on this model (and the Rambler) is the poor quality of the red covering. Within a couple of years it is peeling and shredding and looks a horrible mess. (I don't carry this radio around much and have never used any strong/abrasive cleaner on it.)I thought the covering was leather, but it looks as if it is just a thin vynyl type top covering which is obviously poor quality and unfit for purpose. One expects better quality finish on an expensive radio.It is a great shame that Roberts have lowered their standard on this model. I cannot recommend it because of the peeling covering, and would not buy another until they put this right.
Revival DAB radios, beware of a problem!
There is no problem with the performance, although the sound has a slightly muffled quality. The snag with the Revival DAB models (RD 10 and RD50, probably RD60), is the case covering. It looks good new, and has a pleasant soft 'feel'. BUT it has a serious durability problem. It will not stand up to the normal wear and tear that a portable radio is subjected to. The surface will tear at the slightest abrasion. Roberts made a disasterous choice here! The construction of the material appears to be a very thin skin of vinyl over a rubber like backing, that gives it the soft feel. This skin tears easily, it is a most unsuitable material on a portable radio! Perhaps Which? could look at this aspect. I emailed Roberts about the problem and had no response. Finally, I should mention that the problem does not apply to the non DAB Revival R250, which uses a different material.
I love this radio - what's more it works where nothing else will!
I had one of the first Roberts Revival radios with AM/FM and loved it for its portability, sound and styling, plus the nostalgia factor (we had one when I was 3 years old). Unfortunately it is in storage with my house contents for now, and when I moved to a rural area with very bad reception I found no radio would work - except for a very hissy radio 2. I looked up DAB for my area and it said it wasn't available. However, knowing how good the receivers are in Roberts radios, I took the plunge and ordered this DAB/FM version of the revival radio (the cream looks good by the way - my first one was red, which also looks good). I dithered for ages - some non revival radios had more techy features - but plumped for this in the end because it looks good as well as sounds good and the portability is great (and fun).Wow! Suddenly I could not only pick up loads of channels clearly with a wonderful sound, but if I placed it near a window I could get quite a lot of DAB channels as well.I think this radio, as with Roberts radios generally, has excellent electronics and receivers built in and they are some of the best you can get. I was so wowed with it I bought one of the solar powered small radios for a friend for a 50th birthday present, and it is also adored.If you want just a radio, without wanting to play MP3's through it eg, I would go for this one - the styling is wonderful, you can use it on mains or batteries and carry it from one room to another, and for me the sound is fantastic. If it is slightly warm then I like warm - to me it just sounds ultra clear with brilliant reception.I moved to a rural area with very bad reception - I could only pick up radio
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