Roberts Revival RD70 Review

Roberts Revival RD70

Summary:
Pricey, but worth it if design is important to you.

Buy it online:
£179.00 on Amazon.co.uk

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The Roberts Revival RD70 is a stylish 1950s-style DAB radio with Bluetooth. It’s available in a choice of six finishes: Black, Classic Red, Dove Grey, Duck Egg, Leaf and Pastel Cream. This radio might look great, but how does it perform and is it worth the high price tag? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Saves 10 FM and 10 DAB preset stations
  • Customisable display
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Bluetooth
  • Snooze button
  • Can be used with 4 AA batteries
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 25.2 cm wide x 16 cm high x 10.4 cm deep
Weight: 1.65 kg

Performance and use

This radio offers a good range of features including both FM and DAB/DAB+ as well as Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock. The radio is easy to set up thanks to the clearly written instructions manual, and it’s intuitive to use.

As you’d expect from Roberts, the RD70 has a nice rich, warm sound. You can plug this radio into the mains or use it with 4 AA batteries, though batteries aren’t included. A built-in battery charger might be more convenient.

The Roberts Revival RD70 would look great in the kitchen, and is also compact enough to use as a bedside radio. The Bluetooth works very well, and is a convenient added feature for listening to podcasts, Spotify and other media.

Pros

  • Beautiful retro design
  • Instructions are clear and easy to follow
  • Good build quality
  • Clear, warm sound
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive
  • A built-in rechargeable battery might be more convenient

Verdict

The Roberts Revival RD70 is quite expensive given the features it offers, but it’s very well made and looks stunning. If you just want a functional DAB radio with Bluetooth there are cheaper options, but if you want something with a beautiful design the Revival RD70 is a good choice.

Similar radios

The RD70 is part of the Revival range of vintage-style radios, which includes a few similar radios. One good alternative to the Revival RD70 could be the Revival iStream2. The iStream2 looks the same as the RD70, but has internet radio instead of Bluetooth. A cheaper option is the Roberts Revival Uno, which is essentially a miniature version of the Revival RD70.

A good alternative from a different brand could be the Goodmans Oxford 1960’s Style Radio, which has a nice retro design and is much cheaper than the RD70. However, the Goodmans Oxford doesn’t have Bluetooth.

For some more options see our roundup of the best DAB radios with Bluetooth.

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