Summary: I bought the Roberts Sound 53 3 years and 3 months ago. I was not disappointed: it worked perfectly, the sound was excellent and it looked good. I played, on average, one or two CDs each day. Last week instead of being able to listen to Miles Davis the display said UNKNOWN DISK - in other-words the CD player element was no longer working.
Summary: Goodness how I agonized over this purchase,and spent hours combing through the Amazon reviews over about 2-3 weeks. I had been wondering about splashing out on Bose; visited Comet and actually was very taken with the Pure Avanti; again, Amazon reviews were great for this, and I found particularly helpful the customer who provided a comparison of Avanti and Roberts 53; came to conclusion that internet radio is not a high priority for me and I am in no way 'techie' enough...
Summary: Having set up the device it worked perfectly, the sound is great and the DAB radio is very good. However within an hour the remote failed to respond and nothing could coax it into life - fiddling with the batteries failed, changing the batteries failed. Then suddenly it went again and equally suddenly failed again and it remains thus!!
Summary: We bought this to play DAB and iPod content for our kitchen. It was bigger and heavier than I had imagined and seemed well made and good quality. Its looks nice and shiny. Sound quality is excellent and its really good to be able to play CD's too. The SD card recording function is excellent as with a micro SD adapter you can put music from ANY source onto your phone (say) which is really useful.
Summary: I wanted a CD/Docking station that could be portable to use in the kitchen and lounge and so that I didn't have to have it on display all the time...due to lack of space. This system looks great and very stylish, quite retro yet modern. It was so easy to set up, within 30 seconds of plugging it in all the digital stations were set and ready to go, no setting of time and date required.
Summary: My old BOSE clone the Creative 740 Soundworks got the dreaded stuck cd syndrome whereby the slot cd loader (like the Roberts MP53) keeps the cd and it cannot be ejected. Apparently this is a problem with slot loading CD players which over the years can occur. I had my Creative for 5 years until then without incident. Read all the reviews and felt that with the passing years these newer models must have upped the game.
Summary: Like a few people here, I have thought long and hard about this purchase. Initially considered a BOSE system but couldnt really justfiy the price, then stumbled across the Roberts range on internet.I have spent hours doing my research, visited a few shops to see the various units, also considered a few other brands, but once I heard the Roberts I was convinced, all until I read the reviews complaining about the remote control.
Not professional enough-style above function-CD rubbish
T. Rokita, Amazon
31 January 2012
Summary: On the plus side this unit looks good and feels sturdy-It works fine for radio and i-pod and sound quality is pretty good BUT..One major negative is the CD player-which is mainly why I bought it. You slide a CD into the letterbox style opening and press a button on the unit to release it. This stopped working within the first year when, although there was nothing in the machine, it wouldn't allow me to put a CD in.
Summary: I've had this unit for around a year. It needs to be reviewed for what it is - a premium small unit, not to be confused with a main expensive hifi system. I have had no issues with the remote, able to use it at a 45 deg angle quite easily. The sound is very acceptable if you put a little effort into adjusting the bass and treble controls to your liking and they don't reset themselves to default as one reviewer stated.
Summary: I bought this just before Christmas to treat myself - the price drop was what stopped me dithering any longer. Straight out of the box, it sounded awful and I was hugely disappointed. But I soon discovered that was down to the default "flat" setting, and was able to tailor treble and bass to suit my ears, which made for a great improvement.