ORTUS 3

DAB/DAB+/FM Alarm Clock Radio

3.88 out of 5 by 32.

Ortus 3 offers a jumbo clock display and an array of features. Boasting 2 alarm timers, any-button snooze, night-time display, and bedtime listening, the Ortus 3 is designed to make waking up that little bit easier. There's also a USB socket for smartphone charging, and an auxiliary input socket for smartphones.

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Specification

  • SOURCE
    FM/DAB/DAB+ Built in
    Yes
  • CONNECTIVITY
    Headphone Socket
    Yes
    Auxiliary input socket for playback via smartphones
    Yes
  • DESIGN
    USB Smartphone Charging
    Yes
    Alarm Function
    Yes, 2 Alarms (DAB/FM/or Buzzer)
    Configurable Alarm Duration
    Yes (30, 60, 90 or 120 Minutes)
    Adjustable Sleep, Snooze and Nap Timer
    Yes
    Adjustable Display Dimmer
    Yes
    Night-time Display
    Yes
    Station Presets
    20
    Bedtime Listening
    Yes
    Menu Display
    Yes
    On-device Control
    Yes
    Mains Powered
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No
    Supplied Accessories
    AC Adaptor
    Dimensions (mm)
    199(w) x 118(h) x 64(d)
    Weight
    590g
    Jumbo Clock Display
    Yes
    Configurable Day and Date Display (On and in Standby)
    Yes ( Example: Off / Thu 23-MAR-2017 / 23-03-2017 / THURSDAY 23 )

Reviews

Rating: 4/5 50 years 6 months ago

Rating: 4/5 50 years 6 months ago
Nice but could be better for the price.

I had read quite a few negative reviews concerning the Ortus range with respect to the Alarm functions. I have no use for this feature as I solely needed to replace an older Roberts Alarm Clock radio no longer able to receive DAB+ stations. In this respect, it works well as described and easily scanned in over a 100 DAB radio stations. My main gripe with radios nowadays is that they simply don't have enough dedicated Preset buttons as 5 as a minimum would just about be acceptable. It's all very well pressing one button and then scrolling through other saved stations but that is not convenient if, like me who is short-sited one cannot read the the display at night! Additionally some form of crude sound equaliser or simple 'Tone' control would have been beneficial to crisp up the rather muffled sound emanation from the rear of the radio. In all other respects, the Ortus 3 looks nice but smaller than expected despite taking measurements. All in all, quite satisfied but rather too expensive for what it is.

Rating: 2/5 50 years 6 months ago
Thanks but no applause.

We had seen lots of great online reviews and went for it even though we were a little unsure of the rear facing speaker. Unfortunately our fears were founded. When using the radio with some volume and moving around the room it was just about O.K. but when using it quietly, when in bed, so as not to disturb the partner, the rear facing speaker made it just too muffled, especially with speech, unless the back was facing a nearby wall to reflect the higher frequencies forward. A small additional "tweeter" on the front would make this an outstanding clock radio, certainly worth the small extra cost it would incur, as it is I am afraid it isn't and we sent it back.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Great Little Clock Radio - Hack for loss of sound.

Have got 3 of these and they are great. I really like the super large display which has three levels of dimming and really easy to read in all light levels and from across the room. All are tuned to ClassicFM on FM and the sound quality is super for such a small unit. I prefer FM to DAB because the FM signal is ncier to listen to. There are some reviews for this unit where the sound disappears and cannot be fixed by rebooting or pushing in a headphone plug in and out. THE FIX FOR LOSS OF SOUND IS: hold down the volume UP button until it hits 20 and the sound will come back with a bang!

Rating: 3/5 50 years 6 months ago
Solid but flawed

A good solid radio with a nice big dimmable display. For me an earphone socket was essential although a blue tooth connection would have been a worthwhile. I have only one issue, the bandwidth is poor, even bbc channels can chop if the small wire aerial is not deployed precisely. Here in Norfolk the signal is not of the best but some DAB radios (Phillips) seem to be able to pick up stations such as gold but along with others this one fails.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Great radio.

Great radio! I already have an Ortus 2 so the automatic choice when an old radio failed. The Ortus 3 is even better. Setting the alarm takes a bit of time getting used to. But really good design, great sound, easy to store channels. And great service from Roberts. Delivered quickly and on time.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago

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Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Great flexible product

Great product with multi functional display which was just what I was looking for. DAB radio is clear. A Great size.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Excellent.

I was sceptical after reading some of the negative reviews, but i did not need to be. The ortus 3 is excellent. Lovely big display and the sound quality is second to none. No problems using the alarms. The Ortus 3 is a great addition to the bedroom. Cheers Roberts.

Rating: 5/5 50 years 6 months ago
Good deal

This DAB radio had everything I wanted for a bedside radio, 3 preselected station choice, date day and time display, dimmer selection on main display and very easy volume controls. Had no problems tuning preselected stations and overall very good quality and value for money.

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