I love music. I love to listen to it wherever I am be it outside or in the house, music always features in my life so I like to use something that’s portable and reliable. I won a Roberts DAB a few years back and although it’s been a fab radio, there’s one thing it doesn’t have and that’s bluetooth. I use bluetooth from my phone or my MacBook to my Roku box when I want to hear my own tunes other than trying to find apps like Spotify or iTunes to play them through. One such DAB+ radio that makes this easy is the Christie from View Quest.
The Christie is available for around half the price of the Roberts Revival at around £99 but the features it possesses and sound quality is absolutely exemplary. This radio is incredibly desirable if you don’t have a lot of space to spare due to it’s unique rotating LCD dial changes it from a regular landscape radio at 215mm to a slimmer portrait radio at 135mm. But it doesn’t stop there. You can purchase the radio in 11 beautiful colours so you can match it to your home interiors so it blends in flawlessly.
But back to the other features. The radio incorporates the VQ LifeStyle alarm, including dual alarms with sleep timer so if you don’t want it in your kitchen or living room it sits nicely in your bedroom waiting to wake you up with the huge, full rounded sound in the morning (made possible by the wooden case it’s surrounded with and the single ultra wide speaker driver).
A DC adapter is supplied which unfortunately didn’t work that well for us as it was an angled connection, once you moved the radio a little, the power cut out so we used the adapter which we used with our Roberts radio which is a straight lead and had no other issues with the power after that. But to save that problem, an extra £30 enables you to buy a rechargeable battery pack and carry case which although is fiddly to fit (I needed Andy to do it as it was a little difficult for me to push together and connect) does makes it much safer to carry around. The shoulder strap is quite long so sits comfortably when you’re walking about (much like carrying a shoulder bag). Battery lasts around 16 hours for playback with 36 hours on standby.
It’s pretty easy to set up, although it was slightly hampered when we initially tried to do it as the power cable played up but once we swapped to the other one we had, it was a doddle. Pretty much everything is set up for you with the 30 presets, but to add your station to favourites wasn’t just as easy as pressing one button (the star button in this case). The instructions tell you to press and hold the button to save favourites but you have to press the star button then press the OK button to save them. This can take a few times to save but once it’s done, just hit the favourites button when you switch it on and your favourite station is there waiting.
The time and date are automatically updated when you turn on the DAB+ radio but if it doesn’t then the option to adjust the time and date yourself are there too. However, a very nice little feature that the Christie seems to have (it might actually be the whole range that has this though) is the fact that when you turn the radio on, the volume is automatically turned down. This means your eardrums don’t take a bashing nor do you jump out of your skin when you switch it on. Just be ready when you press the volume up or down after this though because it might be louder than you remember it being when you switched it off.
It’s one of the prettiest radio’s that I’ve seen on the market with the biggest sound. Ideal for using around the home, taking out with you when you have a picnic, or when travelling. It’s no fuss design and versatility makes this a fabulous purchase and a must for any fashion conscious music lover that you have in your life.