Product review: Roberts Classic Blutune


The history of Roberts Radio can be traced back some 80 odd years, and few manufacturers in the industry are as synonymous with a type of product as this Yorkshire-based company is with the radios that bear its name.

Their latest release, the Classic Blutune, styles itself on the popular favourite Roberts ‘Rambler from the 1970’s. If you’re keen on all things retro, the wooden front panel and leather carry handle will be right up your street from the get-go. But whilst it may be dripping in nostalgia, the Classic is anything but a throwback, packing in a fair amount of tech underneath the gorgeous, vintage styling.

Featuring DAB, FM and the now-ubiquitous Bluetooth, the Classic Blutune ticks most of the boxes that people look for in a kitchen or bedroom radio. It’s compact enough to go unnoticed on a worktop, but has a simple, ergonomic layout for control. It’s neat top-mounted display makes navigation through both FM and DAB stations an easy task, and as the display is backlit, it’s easy to see no matter the lighting conditions. Up to twenty presets can be used, giving easy access to your favourite stations at the touch of a button.

Whilst radio is its bread and butter, Bluetooth is arguably the best feature to have on this type of product. Its inclusion here, whilst obvious, is much welcomed. With access to the likes of Spotify and other music services through a smartphone or tablet, a whole new world of audio playback is opened up. Even better, through the likes of the TuneIn radio app, you can access radio stations from across the globe.

A 3.5mm output is also provided, meaning the Classic can be plugged into a pre-existing hi-fi system, giving all the benefits of DAB and Bluetooth to a larger home system.

And with Summer (surely!) just around the corner, Roberts haven’t missed a trick. The Classic Blutune is able to be powered by batteries, as well as its standard mains power supply – great for those lazy days sat in the garden!

Call or pop into your local store today for a demonstration of this and other digital radios! To find out more about the Roberts Classic Blutune, click here.

Author – Chris, Liverpool store