What is the Roberts Record R?
The Roberts Record R is a simple looking DAB/FM radio that does a lot. It has five dedicated preset buttons, an input socket so you can play your MP3 player through it and – the major selling point – it records. It’s pleasing to see continuously adjustable volume and tone dials on the side of the radio, so you can make subtle changes to the volume or bass quickly. Tuning and saving presets is simple, the text on screen is relatively large and easy to read.
What’s different about the Record R?
There aren’t many digital radios on the market with record functions – this one has pause and record – but you’ll need to put an SD or SDHC card in the radio. The bigger the capacity of the card, the more you can record.
The PausePlus button pauses live radio and records it, so you can play back from where you left off when you’re ready – handy if the phone rings while you’re listening to your favourite show.
PausePlus is easy to activate with the push of a button and you can wind back and forth through the recording. According to Roberts you can pause and then rewind by up to about an hour with PausePlus.
Although the radio starts recording onto your SD card when you press the PausePlus button, once you’ve returned to listening live you can’t access that recording again. If you want to be able to save what you’re currently listening to, you can use the ‘record’ function.
Can you rewind live radio?
You can’t rewind live radio – this radio doesn’t constantly record a buffer in the way the Pure One Classic and Pure One Elite do. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – constantly recording would use more energy – however it does mean that if you mishear something on the radio and want to go back a few seconds you won’t be able to unless you’ve already started the radio recording using the PausePlus button.
What does the record function do?
The record function enables you to record a show at the touch of a button, or programme the radio to record a show at a specific time in the future – again you need to insert an SD or SDHC card.
One touch recording is simple and the recording is saved onto the inserted card. You can’t rewind, or listen to another station while the radio is recording.
You can also pre-programme up to four recording times – each recording can be programmed to occur daily, once, weekly, at weekends or on weekdays.
Are there any recording limitations?
You can only programme the radio to record shows on stations that have been saved as presets – you can save up to five DAB and five FM presets – and you can’t listen to one show while recording another.
Although the radio can be used away from the mains – by inserting four D size batteries – record functions don’t work with batteries. You won’t lose anything you’ve already recorded, though.
Recordings are in MP2 format. You can listen to them on the RecordR radio or on your computer, but if you want to listen on an MP3 player you’ll need to convert the file on your computer first.
You can’t delete recordings from the card using the radio, you’ll have to do this using a computer or laptop – you may need to buy a card reader device if it doesn’t have an SD card slot.
Find out more about digital radio features on our features explained page.
In the full review – what don’t we know?
Having had a short listen, the sound from this radio seems reasonable for a portable model, but we’ll have to wait until we get it to the lab to see how it compares with other portable models.
When the Record R goes to our lab we’ll be able to give a definitive verdict on:
Sound quality – Our own DAB signal is broadcast at the lab so that our expert panel can rate the radios’ sound quality using the same selection of tracks.
Energy use – We measure the energy use of digital radios when playing at a specific volume and for portable radios we record how many hours of audio a set of batteries can be expected to provide.
Aerial sensitivity – We broadcast a DAB signal and gradually reduce it’s strength to see how weak a signal the radio can receive and still produce uninterrupted audio.
This is just a brief glimpse of the radio tests we do. For more details, read our how we test DAB digital radios page.
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