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Roberts Radio Play10 DAB/DAB+/FM Digital Radio with Simple Presets - Black
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- FM/DAB/DAB+ - Built-in FM/DAB/DAB+ and with the handy radio station pre-sets, you can access your favourite stations at the touch of a few buttons
- Ideally portable - As the Play10 is powered by batteries, you can carry your favourite music and playlists around with you; or, if you'd prefer, you can power the Play10 using a mains socket
- Personal listening - If you want to take your music elsewhere to listen in peace, there’s even a handy socket so you can listen with your own headphones without disturbing or being disturbed by others
- Searching, made simple - The backlit 8 character starburst display makes it easy to search and scroll through menus, so music discovery is even easier
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Product detailsColour Name:Black
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 18 x 10.5 cm; 350 Grams
- Date First Available : 1 Sept. 2015
- Manufacturer : Roberts Radio LTD
- ASIN : B008VPBDYI
- Item model number : PLAY10
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
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- 1 in Portable DAB Radios
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The portable DAB/DAB+ and FM Play 10 radio is suitable for taking anywhere. It’s powered by battery or mains powered via AC adapter too so you have the choice of where your music takes you. It’s compact, neat and full of functions. Plus, a headphone jack is on hand to provide a more private listening experience, if required.
Built in FM/DAB/DAB+, and with the handy radio station presets, you can access your favourite stations at the touch of a few buttons.
As the Play 10 is powered by batteries, you can carry your favourite music and playlists around with you.
Or, if you'd prefer, you can power the Play 10 using a mains socket.
If you want to take your music elsewhere to listen in peace, there’s even a handy socket so you can listen with your own headphones without disturbing or being disturbed by others.
Searching Made Simple
The backlit 8 character starburst display makes it easy to search and scroll through menus, so music discovery is even easier.
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I was expecting to be able to program the preset buttons to some suitable stations and then show mum how to use them.
Sounds simple, here's what happened:
1) I turned it on and was able to figure out how to get it to identify the stations. (I should have played with the radio before I gave it to her - Mum is perplexed as to why I need to consult a manual before I can even get any sound out of it. Should have played with it before I gave it to her, then I wouldn't have felt such a wally...)
2) To tune into a station you rotate the large knob to scroll through the list, and then click the knob to listen to the listed station. (Disappointingly mum's was not particularly interested in finding out about the 74 stations that were accessible, she only needs two.)
3) You can save a station to one of the three preset buttons by pressing that button and holding it in until the display indicates that it has been saved. (Success! Mum's happy because we are thinking that all she needs to know is that Radio 4 is programmed in to Preset Button One and Classic is programmed in to Preset Button Two)
So far so good. Mum's pleased with the quality of the sound - and it looks very much like she can handle turning it on and off, adjusting the volume and using preset buttons one and two. I leave her happily humming along to classical.
A few days have passed and it's all gone horribly wrong.
All three presets have mysteriously been programmed in to the same station. Mum's now permanently stuck on Classic - it's a disaster, she can't get "The Archers"
It's hard to resolve the problem over the phone and Covid presents a challenge - OK to visit on Christmas day itself, but another visit later on would be illegal.
Here's what she had done. She'd been happily listening to Classic (Preset Button Two) for a few days but then she gets adventurous and decides to switch to Radio 4 (Button One). So she presses Button One and the station doesn't change, it's still playing Classic. So she continues to leave her finger on Button One, and still no change - it continues to play Classic.
Confused? I was, until I figured it out:
To change the channel a short press on the preset button is needed. You won't hear the targeted station until you lift your finger off the button. If you allow your finger to linger on that button for a nanosecond too long it will re-programme that button to the station you are already listening to.
So to recap, what she tried to do was to switch from Classic to Radio 4. What she actually did was re-programme the Radio 4 button to Classic. Leaving her with 2 buttons programmed to Classic.
Hope mum will remember not to do this again, wish us luck!
If you must buy this for someone who is technically challenged then here are some tips:
1) Buy two of them and keep one for yourself - it will be easier to provide help over the phone if you have an identical device in front of you while talking them through how to re-tune or re-programme the darn thing.
2) Make sure they understand the difference between a long push and a short push when using the preset buttons.
3) When changing the station using the big dial you need rotate the dial as expected, bit also need to push the knob in until it clicks in order to switch to the chosen station. This is a concept that might need explaining to people who first learned to use a radio during the age of steam and haven't experienced any significant differences in the way they operate up until now .
4) If there is any grumpiness (and they are a monarchist...), it might help to tell explain that Roberts is the same brand that the Queen uses * Although I wouldn't be surprised if she needs a manservant to change the channels for her on this particular model.
* it's got a "By Royal Appointment" logo on the packaging, (like B&H)
Personally I think the software behind the preset buttons could have been better designed, but wouldn't be surprised if there isn't anything better at this price point.
If a firmware update could possible add this feature then it would be better, because of the missing sleep timer I give this a 4 star because I firmly believe that this radio at this price should have this dedicated function. This radio is not to be used in the office only whilst I look for another radio that has presets, good volume control and a SLEEP Button............... what an oversight Mr Roberts!
By Paul on 10 August 2019