Roberts Radio CD Cube CR9986 Review

The Roberts Radio CD Cube is a 3-band stereo clock radio with dual alarms. You use a buzzer sound, the LW/MW/FM radio or the CD player as an alarm clock. This radio was first released over 10 years ago now, and it doesn’t offer DAB radio.

Features

  • CD player with 20 programmable tracks
  • Alarm clock with dual alarms and snooze function
  • Battery backup for the clock
  • Choice of three sound sources for the alarm: radio, alarm buzzer and CD
  • Headphone jack
  • Auto-dimming LED screen
  • Integrated speakers
  • 5 watts of power

Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm

Pros

  • Alarm clock works well and you have the choice of waking up to the CD player, radio or buzzer sound
  • Compact size
  • Clear and well written instructions manual (available online here)

Cons

  • Can develop a humming sound, which is very annoying if you have it on your bedside table
  • No DAB radio, only LW/MW/FM
  • The Roberts CD Cube doesn’t remember which radio station you were listening to when you switch it to CD mode and back. You also can’t save preset stations.
  • Speakers sound quite tinny
  • Radio reception can be poor and hissy

Verdict

The main reason for buying the Roberts Radio CD Cube is having the combination of AM (LW/MW) radio with a CD player and an alarm clock. There are many newer FM/DAB alarm clock radios you can get that have better sound quality and reception than this model, so its main selling point is the CD player and having LW and MW bands.

Alternative radios

If you’re interested in the Roberts CD Cube for its CD player, you should check out our reviews of the best CD alarm clock radios.

If you don’t need the CD player, we’d recommend considering one of these alarm clock radios. One of the radios reviewed in that article is the Roberts CHRONODAB, which offers better sound quality than the Roberts Radio CD Cube and also features DAB radio. A cheaper alternative is the Madingley Hall DAB Bedside Digital FM Radio, which is an FM/DAB alarm clock radio with two USB charging points for charging a smartphone or other device.

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