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Daniel | 14/10/2021
The Roberts Blutune 5 is a portable DAB radio from one of the UK's most popular audio brands. Like many of their models, it comes at a premium price. Is it worth it? Our experts put it to the test in another of our in-depth reviews. Read on to find out what we thought of it!
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Roberts are perhaps best known for their iconic Revival series, but they also produce a wide range of other designs, too. The Blutune 5 is akin to the boomboxes of the 80s and 90s, but with a slightly more modern feel to it. A grille on the front covers the sizeable speakers (more on those later), while the rest of the radio is wrapped in fairly robust plastic. Available in black or white, it certainly looks the part, and even comes with a neat carry handle that tucks away when not in use.
On the top, you'll find the controls. The buttons are a little on the small side, but clearly labelled, so it's not hard to find your way around. Either side of the single-row screen are two knobs, one for the volume, and one for tuning the radio and scrolling through menus.
Finally, as the Roberts Blutune 5 is a portable radio, its worth mentioning its size: a little under a foot across. We think that's the perfect size for a model to take out and about with you, as it's large enough to crank up the volume at an outdoor gathering, but still small enough that it's not a burden to take out and about with you. It's also a great size for a bedside radio!
We mentioned speakers earlier on, and as you can see in the image below, the Roberts Blutune 5 has two of them for full stereo sound. They're quite sizeable for a portable radio, and do a solid job of pumping out the kind of warm, rich sound that Roberts are known for.
We always mention this in portable radio reviews, but often these models tend to fall slightly short when it comes to bass. This is down to their size: to get really rich bass, radios need a woofer, which wouldn't fit in a portable model. That being said, the Blutune 5 does an admirable job regardless, and its sound quality is certainly good enough for everyday use.
While the exact mileage you'll get from the Blutune 5 will depend on what brand of batteries you're using, we found that it lasted longer than the average portable DAB radio. That being said, it uses six D-type batteries. With that kind of power inside it, you'd hope that it lasts a while, especially since these batteries can be pretty expensive. If you're thinking of getting a Blutune 5 for yourself, then we'd recommend purchasing some rechargeable D-type batteries to go with it. They may be an expensive investment up-front, but they'll be worth it in the long run!
The Blutune 5 is also, as the name suggests, a Bluetooth speaker. This feature is a welcome addition, as it means you can listen to your own choice of music or podcasts. We found this feature very easy to use- it's just a matter of switching to the Bluteooth mode, and then pairing up your phone. And for devices without Bluetooth, there's also an aux-in port on the back of the radio, too.
Finally, the Roberts Blutune 5 has all the standard features you'd expect from a modern radio. It has DAB and FM modes, along with DAB+ compatibility to ensure it's future-proof. There's also the option to save up to 20 station presets for easy access. Lastly, it's also got dual alarms, so you can set one for weekdays and one for weekends.
If you're looking for a portable DAB radio and Bluetooth speaker that's a cut above the rest, then the Roberts Blutune 5 is an excellent choice. While it's relatively expensive when compared to your average model, the Blutune 5 is far from ordinary. With a stylish, robust design and great sound quality, it's the perfect accompaniment for your next outdoor adventure.
This entry was posted in Reviews, Audio, DAB Radio Reviews on 14/10/2021 by Daniel.