ROBERTS Stream 205 DAB Internet Radio
Showing its age
I bought this radio because I needed a portable internet radio that wasn't a Pure (I've had several of those fail on me). Upon unboxing I found it to be quite plasticky (it creaks when you move it) and a touch uglier than the product photographs. This radio has been around a while now and you can tell. Many of the positive reviews date back 4 years or so when this level of technology was acceptable. My first experience of the radio was shock at the low resolution LCD display. It's really pixelly and only displays a few jerkily-scrolling lines at a time like an old mobile phone from the 90s. Next was the wait for it to start up. It's a radio, it shouldn't have to start up like a computer! The initial setup didn't auto-detect that I had a LAN cable connected and insisted that I give it a WIFI password until I manually selected the hard-wired option. It asked if I wanted daylight-saving which I read to mean that it would adjust the clock for me when the clocks change but oh no... it literally meant "shall I add an hour to the time right now?". I can't remember the last time I had to manually adjust a device for daylight saving! Once up and running, it did its job ok. The sound from the two tiny speakers is perfectly fine for speech but I wouldn't rush to play music on it. There are a couple of unnecessarily prominent buttons labelled "love" and "ban" which turn out to be for the LastFM tie-in only and are redundant for all normal operation of the radio. In summary, the Roberts Stream 205 works just fine and lets you access zillions of excellent Internet radio stations from around the world but the user experience is like a trip 5-10 years into the past.
24 March 2014
The battery life is very low and works out very expensive if you want to use it in bathroom or on the move. Will not work with mains power when batteries are inserted - so time consuming if you want to move from a mains power room to somewhere else without mains power
It takes a while to connect and often freezes. When it freezes it is difficult to turn off - so becomes very frustrating.
The sound is not as great as the reviews would suggest
Overall very disappointed and would not purchase another Roberts product
17 April 2013
Overall, I'm very pleased with this little radio which I use primarily for internet streaming.
- easy to set up and use
- handles multiple input sources - internet radio, Last.fm, wireless media streaming, USB media, DAB, FM
- good sound quality
- well made
- no tone control or graphic equaliser - would be a useful addition
- text input for media search functions uses a tuning wheel for character selection which is a bit clunky and long-winded
Finally, I ought to add that a completely unexpected benefit of the Roberts Stream 205 is its incorporation of Last.fm as an input source. The radio comes with a month's free subscription to this service and some Last.fm functionality is hardwired ("Love" and "Ban" buttons for example). I'd never heard of Last.fm and didn't expect to make use of it as I expected it to be concerned only with contemporary bands. How wrong I was! My particular niche musical interests are 1930s and 1940s dance bands, gypsy swing and klezmer - and these are all very well catered for on Last.fm, as are most other genres. It's worth looking into Last.fm online as it's functionality and availability extends beyond the Roberts Stream 205 - although the Stream 205 is an excellent way of accessing it. I have no connection with Last.fm, by the way: just a satisfied customer.
10 February 2013
Roberts Stream 205 DAB internet radio
Excellent product, highly recommended. We go on holiday to Devon regularly and always listen to Radio Devon. I wanted this radio for the kitchen and because of its internet status I now regularly listen to Radio Devon, it picks up the wifi from the living room easily and without any problems. Quality of sound very good and easy to use. Well worth the money.
01 January 2013
A nice sound. While the instructions are clear about what to do to set up the WiFi connection, and Internet, DAB and FM programmes &c., the process is a bit fiddly ... so be patient and follow the step-by-step instructions. However, I am somewhat disappointed by how plasticky the casework feels ... I expected something a little more robust and solid. Good enough for the kitchen I suppose.
24 December 2012
Excellent, highly recommended
I bought this radio for my partner who has had a Roberts DAB radio in the past (it lasted years but after being trecked around the garden and to work etc... it's a nlittle scruffy looking to say the least). He absoluetly loves this upgrade which is for best - we've had no problem using it with our internet connection at all although it works perfectly in DAB mode too. Love the fact you can see what song is playing on the rado (in internet mode) and the podcast feature.
Does exactly what its says and based on our last Roberts DAB radio a high quality brand
21 December 2012
There are many positives for this radio but also a few downsides people should consider before purchasing;
On the upside it has very good quality sound, looks good and I have had no problems with reception for DAB/FM or Internet, all of which are available without needing to raise the aerial (it’s used mainly 5 metres from the router on the floor above).
On the downside it is power hungry, making it expensive or time consuming when trying to run it on batteries as I do in a bathroom. Although it’s not clear up front the instruction booklet advises that the 6 Type D NiMH batteries will not last more than ‘a few hours’ (I was lucky to get 3-4 hrs. if that) and disposable alkaline batteries should be used. These last considerably longer but obviously need to be replaced at additional cost each time. Additionally for a portable radio with a ‘standby clock display’ it is annoying to find that the clock will only run when connected to the mains. i.e. the clock stops when in standby on batteries. Finally there is also the annoying 10 second delay every time when switching it on whilst it ‘boots up’ and starts to work.
Overall a good looking radio, clear sound and well-built but the power issues need to be taken into consideration and should be more visible before purchase.
27 November 2012
Roberts rules the waves
This Roberts product embodies both the best in DAB and Internet radio technologies . . . a leading edge "box of tricks" ensuring wireless retains its domestic desirability!
09 November 2012