Guest blog by Billy.
The Roberts ORTUS 1 is a compact stylish clock radio packed with features. Its slim upright design takes up minimal room and the built-in speaker delivers a crisp, quality sound. The radio comes in two different colours, black or white, ensuring it’ll fit in whatever your décor.
The large LED display is very clear making it easier to check the time or help you while searching for your favourite radio station. The screen has a dimmer function, allowing you to tone down or dial up the brightness depending on your preference. The time will always be displayed even when put into standby. The ORTUS 1 has both DAB/DAB+ radio and FM radio, giving you a variety of stations to listen to with six preset options, three for DAB and three for FM.
The Ortus 1 also has two inputs ports on the back, a 3.5mm jack socket for headphones so you can enjoy your music without disturbing the ones around you and an auxiliary input, meaning you can connect your mp3 player or phone to the ORTUS 1 and enjoy the music saved on your device so you don’t just have the DAB and FM radio.
All the control buttons are on the top of the unit, clearly labelled. You can switch between FM, DAB and aux input, and you can change the display using the ‘select/info’ button to show the station name, time or date.
The ORTUS 1 has two alarms, you have the choice to wake up with a buzzer or you can set your alarm to wake you up with one of your preset radio stations. It also has a sleep timer; when setting the sleep timer on the ORTUS 1 you have the option to set the duration up to 90 minutes when it will then turn itself off allowing you to fall asleep while listening to your favourite station or music from your own device. The nap timer is the same concept as the sleep timer, again being able to set a time up to 90 minutes and instead of falling asleep to your music the ORTUS 1 will wake you up to the music of your choice.
Tuning in the ORTUS 1 is very simple; it will perform an auto scan on DAB, then when stations are found they will be added to a list. When the scan is complete you have a ‘Prune’ option meaning you can go to the list of stations that were found in the auto scan and remove any stations you don’t want on there, leaving you with just your preferred stations. It can also do an auto search on FM to go between frequencies, and using the built in RDS will display the radio station name so you know you have found the station you were looking for. If the auto search does not find the station you are after, or if the signal is not quite right, you can use the manual tuning up and down buttons to tweak and fine tune within 5MHz. It also has a built in wire aerial.