Roberts Revival iStream2 Radio Review

Summary:
Unfortunately the Roberts Revival iStream2’s good looks come at the price of build quality, so this radio is generally best avoided.

Buy it online:
£169.00 on Amazon.co.uk

The Roberts Revival iStream2 is a 1950s-style radio with modern features including DAB and internet radio. The iStream2 looks great, but how does it perform? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • Saves 30 preset radio stations
  • Alarm with a choice of using the radio or a buzzer sound
  • Aux-in and aux line-out
  • Carrying handle
  • Mains or battery powered with 4 x D batteries (not included)
  • USB port for playing MP3, WMA, FLAC and AAC audio files
  • Can be controlled using the UNDOK app

Dimensions: 26 cm wide x 15.5 cm high x 12.5 cm deep
Weight: 1.7 kg

Performance and use

Ease of use

The Roberts Revival iStream2 has a clear though somewhat dated LCD screen with an intuitive menu system. However, several buyers have reported that the screens on their radios faded or stopped working after just a few weeks or months.

Sound

The iStream2 sounds warm and has a good balance of frequencies. However, the sound quality is a little muffled and in general the iStream2 doesn’t sound as good as most other radios in its price range.

Connectivity

The iStream2 is very versatile and has a lot of options for connecting different devices. There’s an aux-in port for connecting an iPod or MP3 player. There’s also a USB that lets you play MP3, WMA, FLAC and AAC audio files from a memory stick.

The radio connects to the internet wirelessly allowing you to listen to the 20,000+ radio stations that broadcast online. However, the wireless range on this radio is quite poor, and you will probably have to position it very close to the wireless router.

One surprising thing about the Roberts Revival iStream2 is that it doesn’t have Bluetooth, which you might expect given the radio’s high price tag.

Design

The Roberts Revival iStream2 is a very attractive radio with an authentic-looking design based on Roberts’ 1950s radios. The radio comes in a choice of colours: Black, Dove Grey, Duck Egg Blue and Pastel Cream.

Pros

  • You can use your phone as a remote with the UNDOK app
  • Very stylish retro design
  • Large choice of audio sources (FM, DAB/DAB+, internet radio, USB port, aux-in)

Cons

  • Common issue with the screen fading soon after purchase
  • Sound quality isn’t as good as you’d expect for the price
  • No Bluetooth

Verdict

The best thing about the Roberts Revival iStream2 is its design, and it seems that the radio’s good looks come at the price of build quality. Lots of people have found that the radio’s LCD screen stopped working shortly after buying the iStream2, so it’s probably best avoiding this radio unless you just want a nice piece of furniture!

Similar radios

One radio with the same retro design is the Roberts Revival RD60, which is essentially the same as the Roberts Revival iStream2 except that it doesn’t have internet radio and is therefore cheaper.

A cheaper alternative from Roberts is the Roberts Classic Blutune which is an FM/DAB/DAB+ with a nice retro design and Bluetooth.

If you’re looking for a good internet radio and aren’t looking specifically for something with a retro design you should consider the Roberts Stream93i which offers better value for money than the  Roberts Revival iStream2.

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