Roberts Radio Roberts R-Line R100 Smart Radio Wireless Speaker System : Let down by sound quality

Bought this unit june 2017 and been really pleased with unit, i want to buy one for a relative special birthday but the price has gone up from £169 to £279, can’t help but feel someone is cashing in on a popular item, i won’t be buying roberts equipment again. Sonos now much better value for money.

Fantastic sound quality and the ease of use is well thought out. The added option of passing your own music on your phone to the radio via wifi is a great touch. And the fact you can change tracks etc from your phone at the other side of the room when chilling is a great feature. Yes definitely a well thought out internet radio.

I really won’t be able to say enough good things about this roberts all-singing, all-dancing player, i’m delighted with it. I plugged it in, ran through a brief bit of setup and within minutes i was listening to dab radio, streaming radio stations over the internet, playing music from my nas drive media server, and also selecting and playing music via my wife’s iphone app (using the free undok app available from the app store – note that undok is available only for apple & android devices, i’m unsure if a similar compatible app is available for windows mobile). First things first, it sounds great – much bigger than its dimensions would lead you to believe it’s capable of. It’s not quite hi-fi quality, but its volume fills a large room with ease and there’s a good amount of bass and mid-range in the stereo mix to please most people (there’s also an equaliser if you want to tweak the sound settings). I would describe the overall sound as both ‘warm’ and ‘mellow’ – rather than something which is going to trouble your hearing. It also looks pretty good too – better in fact than the pictures here on amazon make out. It looks less ‘plasticky’ in the flesh, having a nice metallic grill outer. The display is very clear and works well – though it’s not touch-screen. All the various controls are laid out clearly on the top of the unit. If you intend to use the unit for streaming from a media server (installed on your nas or pc), then definitely look at installing the free undok app onto your phone or tablet as it will make selecting music much easier than the repeated clicking of buttons on the unit which are otherwise required.

I had the pleasure of testing the r-line r100 that was sent to me by amazon uk. Setting the r100 up was a breeze, in fact i did this in a couple of minutes without even using the instruction manual. The build quality and design touches are very cool too, with a nice combination of modern looks and that classic brown handle. The audio quality is impressive too, with plenty of detail, volume and bass (thanks to the bass port on the base). There are too many features to detail here, so check out my video review for full details.

  • for about an hour this morning initial impressions are good, I really like this radio
  • third Roberts radio but this one is the very best of all
  • radio function fill up all the speciation with a nice design and build quality

Roberts R-Line R100 Smart Radio Wireless Speaker System

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  • For use as a single speaker or part of a multi-room system
  • DAB/DAB+/FM/Internet radio
  • Stereo speaker with Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity to stream from your PC or smartphone
  • Full colour display and on-device control
  • Can be used as either a left or right speaker in a stereo set-up

Having used this radio for a few days now i will most definitely not be going back to my previous roberts as this is a cracking piece of kit. Styling is most un-roberts like with only the carry handle being made of attractive tan leather. It’s quite a wide and weighty item styled more like a speaker, probably no accident that it resembles the sonos devices. The ariel disappears nicely into the radio body which is a good idea for when moving around. Setup is very straight forward for the vaguely technical. It scans for dab stations and connects to your wi-fi router which if wps enabled as most are these days (e. The default display is text based but clear, informative and easy to read. You can hold the menu button to bring up the icon based homepage to switch between modes – note this isn’t a touch screen.

I bought it because i wanted a portable multi room system in my house and a dab radio. I use it with some of the smaller s1’s. Its really nice looking and quality and looks great on a shelf or table and together they deliver great surround sound. I’m not a huge audiophile but sounds good to me. The only thing i would say is the r100 would seem to be not as loud as the smaller s1’s. I really liked that i can bluetooth from my spotify free account. I use the undok app to control connect stream search internet and dab channels etc etc. My mrs loves the dab and internet radio stations.

Prospective buyers expecting to be able to use this with the advertised optional battery pack might like to note the following response from roberts radio support on 12 august 2016:”thanks for your enquiry. The battery pack has not yet actually been released to the market but is due at the end of august. Best regardscustomer account managerroberts radio technical”.

This replaced my old roberts dab which has been going strong for over 12 years and still is. A massive step up in sound quality of functionality, a breeze to set up and the internet radio works brilliantly. Waiting for the roberts sound bar to be released to compliment.

If you are after a simple and standard dab radio player without whistles and bows then this radio is not for you and i would suggest the roberts radio rambler. However, if you want all the whistles and bows then the r100 radio is for you. It is a nicely shaped chunk of radio with a little bit of weight behind it. The colourful screen is clear and easy to read and allows you to set up and control the radio (can also be done with a phone app). You can connect this to your home hub and have the luxury of streaming music from your spotify account by using the app on your phone you can just send music to it. You can also have internet radio and use it as a big extension of your phone speaker. The sound is clear and has a decent amount of bass. If you are not happy with the sound, then there is also an equaliser built in so you can change it to suit your needs. Initial set-up to get going was fairly easy with a wizard guiding you through each step. Also has 2 alarms you can set independently so now you can wake to your favourite tunes.

Beautifully made in the roberts tradition with a very nice leather handle. Mains plug incorporates transformer and can be obstructive. Disappointing that the battery pack is an optional extra (and hard to find) as it would be nice if it was properly portable. No remote supplied but the software remote works in kindle fire – not really any better than the rather cumbersome inbuilt controls however. Internet radio works well – the wifi connection is very good. Spotify fine if you have a premium account. Music player functionality good as well. Dab poor in low signal strength area – stations that work well on my roberts portable are unusable. Bluetooth – i listen to amazon prime a lot and signal has been fine over several feet.

This is my third roberts radio but this one is the very best of all. The sound quality is excellent and ease of use is ideal for my grandmother. I have seen a couple of negative reviews regarding this item but believe me it’s not the radio, the problem is the person writing the review. I am a sound engineer recording and producing my own work and i find no problem with the sound and looks of the r-line 100 and the stream 93i to which i have two of these. Don’t read rubbish try one for yourself. Roberts have put a lot of thought into their products and for me they are one of the best on the market.

All well, but shipped to norway with non-compatible electrical plug.

Preserve sound is awful so please, please set it yourself.

Great sound and easy to use.

It looks really smart and is easy to navigate through the different menus. I have mainly just used it for radio but i think i will start using spotify through it more and more. The sound quality is good and it sounds like a big sound system not a small radio. I am very pleased with this item.

The r100 in design and the radio function fill up all the speciation with a nice design and build quality , very easy to use and very nice display with plenty of functions, spotify is a plus. A touchscreen should be better but is not important,but the down side is the sound quality, the fells like the speakers inside have very low quality, the bass is hard and the highs very sticky. I connected the radio via 3. 5 audio jack to another speaker and the soundcard have very good sound this way, better speakers kan make this radio fantastic.No battery included for his price fells not good too.

I wished this for ages owning go through a overview in a newspaper which explained it as the ideal kitchen radio at any time. I have stored my favorite world-wide-web radio stations by classification, i can enjoy podcasts on it and spotify (not by bluetooth on my phone so isn’t going to effect battery daily life). I can enjoy information by means of bluetooth as nicely (eg podcasts not readily available on line). Cellular phone can be used as a remote also with the undok app.

Acquiring only acquired to use the radio for about an hour this early morning preliminary impressions are very good, i really like this radio. I was not sure about the white and grey, i’m not commonly a admirer of brilliant radios but it seems much improved than the pics can exhibit and the leather strap feels solid, it won’t search or feel of bad good quality. General the radio establish high quality is excellent. It can be uncomplicated to set up, down load the undock application and you can established it up from your android or apple iphone. There could be extra buttons on the radio but i suspect the the vast majority of folks will regulate it from their smart cellular phone, a committed remote would have been great for persons who do not have or want to use a smart cellular phone to use the radio. Audio excellent is fairly good for a radio of it truly is sizing. It can be distinct and heat and i am not expecting hifi quality from a little radio. But it is astonishingly fantastic. I wasn’t expecting it to sound as fantastic as it does to be genuine. I like the monitor on major of the radio and it shows everything clearly , it displays the day and time in standby.

Summary
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Reviewed Item
Roberts R-Line R100 Smart Radio Wireless Speaker System
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 22 reviews
Price
£279.99

One Comment on “Roberts Radio Roberts R-Line R100 Smart Radio Wireless Speaker System : Let down by sound quality”

  1. This review is from : Roberts R-Line R100 Smart Radio Wireless Speaker System

    I wanted this for ages having read a review in a newspaper which described it as the best kitchen radio ever. I’ve stored my favourite internet radio stations by category, i can play podcasts on it and spotify (not through bluetooth on my phone so doesn’t effect battery life). I can play content through bluetooth as well (eg podcasts not available online). Phone can be used as a remote too with the undok app.
    1. I wanted this for ages having read a review in a newspaper which described it as the best kitchen radio ever. I’ve stored my favourite internet radio stations by category, i can play podcasts on it and spotify (not through bluetooth on my phone so doesn’t effect battery life). I can play content through bluetooth as well (eg podcasts not available online). Phone can be used as a remote too with the undok app.
      1. Having only got to use the radio for about an hour this morning initial impressions are good, i really like this radio. I was unsure about the white and grey, i’m not usually a fan of bright radios but it looks far better than the pictures can show and the leather strap feels strong, it doesn’t look or feel of bad quality. Overall the radio build quality is excellent. It’s easy to set up, download the undock app and you can set it up from your android or iphone. There could be more buttons on the radio but i suspect the majority of people will control it from their smart phone, a dedicated remote would have been nice for people who do not have or want to use a smart phone to use the radio. Sound quality is pretty decent for a radio of it’s size. It’s clear and warm and i’m not expecting hifi quality from a small radio. But it is surprisingly good. I wasn’t expecting it to sound as good as it does to be honest. I like the screen on top of the radio and it displays everything clearly , it displays the date and time in standby.
  2. Having only got to use the radio for about an hour this morning initial impressions are good, i really like this radio. I was unsure about the white and grey, i’m not usually a fan of bright radios but it looks far better than the pictures can show and the leather strap feels strong, it doesn’t look or feel of bad quality. Overall the radio build quality is excellent. It’s easy to set up, download the undock app and you can set it up from your android or iphone. There could be more buttons on the radio but i suspect the majority of people will control it from their smart phone, a dedicated remote would have been nice for people who do not have or want to use a smart phone to use the radio. Sound quality is pretty decent for a radio of it’s size. It’s clear and warm and i’m not expecting hifi quality from a small radio. But it is surprisingly good. I wasn’t expecting it to sound as good as it does to be honest. I like the screen on top of the radio and it displays everything clearly , it displays the date and time in standby.

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