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Roberts Revival RD-60 review: Roberts Revival RD-60

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It's well-served by the standard array of ports: headphone and auxiliary-in on the top, and line-out around the back, so you can use it as a speaker for an MP3 player or pipe its output to a better set of speakers.

Where are the guts?
The case is made of wood, and feels sturdy and well-built, while the soft leather handle is comfortable in your hand. There's a clasp on one side of the case and hinges on the other. Together they secure the whole of the back. Open up the radio and its insides are laid bare. There's not much to see beyond the speaker, a paucity of cables and housing for four D-cell batteries.

The sparse interior comes as something of a shock. You can make DAB radios as small as a matchbox, but, when you're paying this much for a device with so few parts -- and one that doesn't pause, record or have an electronic programme guide -- you can't help but question its value for money.

Fortunately, the RD-60's beauty more than makes up for its lack of brains. This isn't the kind of radio you buy for what it does -- it's how it looks when it's doing it that tempts the cash from your pocket.

Roberts touts the RD-60's green credentials, claiming this low-power-drain device should run for 120 hours on a fresh set of batteries. If you'd rather run it on mains power, there's an adaptor in the box.

Conclusion
If you're a radio lover more in terms of the device than the medium, you owe it to yourself to add the beautiful Revival RD-60 to your line-up. It's not the best digital radio you can buy, and it's not even the best in Roberts' range, but it looks stunning. When you're buying a retro radio, that's what really counts.

Edited by Charles Kloet

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