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Rated 4 out of 5 by RedTiger57 Good DAB radio and Bluetooth ... but the bass!
Bought as a simple radio for the kitchen that would provide good DAB reception in a poor signal area and provide connectivity for kids to play music when coerced into doing washing up.
Brilliant in all these aspects.
When buying it I read the reviews and the most dominant criticism was the over powerful bass and no control of it.
And they were right - good for music but the booming produced with voices is awful. I was actually considering returning it but the kids protested - as the bass appeals to them.
Did a bit of investigation and found how people had disabled the bass unit in various ways.
In the end I resorted to removing the bass speaker cover grill from the bottom and sealing the ported vent with a rubber grommet - result good bass with very little booming.
Conclusion - someone at Roberts has got carried away - a simple seal bass unit would be adequate for a unit of this size.
25 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SandyM129 Quality product, packed with features.
After my analogue Radio alarm clock stopped working last November. I purchased two other DAB alarms which were returned to stores for reasons of design fault or poor manufacturing. This was the first Roberts brand which I purchased and is the only one which I found that the sound was of a decent quality, where the display dimmed down to a bearable level at night time without lighting up the bedroom as though ready for a stage show and the build quality and design was good. However the display even on the dimmest/ lowest setting is still a little bright for me, but I can live with it.
The set up is easy, it has more features than I suppose that I'll ever use and plenty of pre-sets to save favourite stations. The Bluetooth connection was also easy to set up and I soon had my favourite songs streaming via my android mobile Phone.
I like that you can select which radio station you wake up to (not just the last listened to) and that you can select the initial volume of the alarm which does get louder as part of the function but not excessively so.
I also liked the fact that the speakers are on the front and underside of the unit as other makes which I looked at had speakers on the top of the unit which would collect dust. Speaking of dust- the black finish does seem to show the dust up so if you can afford the extra cost consider the white finish.
The power unit is a "transformer" type three pin plug adaptor which is quite bulky. My wall socket is immediately behind my bedside table so this meant that the table would not fit flush to the wall any more.
I'm still getting used to finding the right button to hit for snooze when half asleep but it's great that you can pre-set how long your "snooze" time is in the main settings. The bluetune 50 also has an 3.5mm jack ( rather awkwardly located at the rear), an Auxiliary cable connection for direct input connection and charging of devices e.g. Android phone. Oh, and a "sleep" function- not tested yet.
04 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mpt19 Good compact all rounder with great sound
As you would expect from Roberts radios this is a great DAB radio and iPod player. The sound quality is really good for a small player and there is no distortion when you turn the sound up. We bought it to take on holiday camping and it's size is perfect for this. We now keep it in the kitchen and resigned our old Roberts to the back bedroom. Would recommend this if you want a compact all in one sound system without compromising on sound. Could have come with an AUX cable though.
08 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PleasedBuyer Great way to wake up
A good DAB radio, great reception and easy to set up
29 April 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by grumpyengineer almost....
Bought this to replace my old Roberts dab clock radio that was also almost perfect.
Previous radio display would auto-dim at night to a level that made it unreadable and the clock only ever set its self when you pulled the power cable so slowly drifted out over time and never accounted for the clocks going back.
The Blutune50 has a manually-dimming display so can be set to the perfect brightness at night, ok its a bit dim during the day but I'm at work then so don't care and anyway, the display returns to full brightness when you turn the radio on. Unlike other Roberts dab radios, the alarm volume ramps up to a user specified level so if you don't make it home on a weekeday the volume isn't slowly getting louder and louder until it gets to neighbour annoying levels in your absence.
However, I use the radio to listen to the news and traffic reports in the morning and spoken voice radio is unintelligible on this radio....there is just too much bass and voices boom. There is no tone control to fix this and so, pending any help from Roberts, I will be returning this radio after 1 day of use.
Looking at all the clock radio reviews on the JL website, all of them seem to have some flaw. Surely it can't be that hard to distil all of the reviews and build the ultimate radio ?
20 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lyle69 Great sound
Having read the numerous reviews on various DAB clock radios I decided to head into the store and try a few of them out as just about every product has at least a few poor reviews which almost put me of buying anything from John Lewis.com This is the first Roberts product I've bought and have to say I am delighted with it.
It is easy to set-up and the poor quality cable mentioned in another review has provided a full strength signal in an area where I cannot get FM signal.
The sound is crystal clear and streaming music from my iPhone is a delight to listen too, and I can charge my iPad/iPhone via the USB connection which ensures I'm not draining the battery whilst using Bluetooth.
The unit is a good looking high quality product.....highly recommended.
16 January 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Victor1 Such a shame
On paper this is a terrific piece of equipment. It has an alarm clock, DAB and FM radio, Bluetooth and a 2.1 sound system. All this in compact dimensions and it appears well made. It is therefore a shame that it does not meet expectations as it has a couple of snags. Firstly, the aerial is simply a length of black wire that looks quite untidy. If the unit was sitting on a bedside table it may hang down the back out of sight but on a kitchen worktop it just looks scruffy. More importantly though, the sound is very bass dominant. In fact it has so much bass that it becomes quite 'boomy' and simply swamps speech. So much so that after a few days of trying to listen to news bulletins I just gave up as it was impossible to make out the words. If it had a tone control or equaliser this could be corrected but unfortunately there is no tone adjustment. If this item had a decent telescopic aerial and a tone control it would be a superb unit. It is such a shame that it has neither and therefore it has had to be returned for a refund.
13 December 2013