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VQ Blighty Pocket DAB+ FM Radio

Monday, 11th July, 2016


I cannot imagine not having the radio in my life. It’s something which I wake up to, and have done for so many years, from school days right up to today, I still love the radio in the days of online which I obviously love too.

VQ got in touch with me to feature one of their cool radios and put it through it’s paces, so I naturally said I would. If you’ve not heard of VQ you can sum them up in a few words; Stylish, British and colourful. With that in mind you’ll understand the naming of the models of their products, this pocket radio has been named Blighty, and comes in traditional colours of dark grey, and red and cream. Style and colour are two important key factors to the design, which has a high quality anodised aluminium finish and plastic chrome style buttons.

DAB+ Radio

I am new to DAB, very new. I have always wanted a DAB radio, but I’ve never actually went out and got myself one. If you’re unfamiliar with DAB, it’s Digital Audio Broadcasting, which basically means digital quality, and there’s more stations than what’s on the standard FM dial. There’s lots of stations which I listen to on TV via Freeview or SKY because they’re not on FM, which is kind of odd listening to the radio through your TV, but it’s the only way. I was a fan of the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show, and was sad when it left Radio 1, but now he’s back on Radio X. This is a DAB only station, so it’s not on FM and so I’ve had to listen to it via SKY. Now I will be able to listen to it on a morning once again but through the Blighty radio.

Other stations on there which I love is 1Xtra, my favourite show being Charlie Sloth (the best looking fat guy in the universe) on weekdays. It has traditional FM stations too, so you can listen to Radio 1 or 2, or any of the other stations on there.

As for the Blighty itself the build quality is pretty good, it’s fairly small and is easily pocketable in jeans or a jacket, and the battery is said to last 10 hours, so if you’re using this on your morning commute to work it should last for a good few days if not all week. It comes with a USB charger cable and pair of ear bud style headphones and has a small 1.6″ screen which is big enough to tell you details including the station, battery life, time and signal quality, as well as the digital read out which the station is using…Usually for the artist and song title; I find this so cool since I’ve never had that feature before, there’s no more wondering what the song is which I love 😉

You can get this from the VQ shop online here for £49 in either the red or grey colours.

Written in collaboration with VQ


Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

  1. Margaret Payne Said,

    What a great prize x

    posted on Tuesday 12th July, 2016 at 9:07
  2. Michael Said,

    It is indeed Margaret 🙂

    posted on Tuesday 12th July, 2016 at 10:50
  3. steve Jessup Said,

    I have always been a radio nerd and this would be my ideal prize

    posted on Sunday 17th July, 2016 at 1:19
  4. Michael Said,

    Yeah, they’re cool and stylish 🙂

    posted on Sunday 17th July, 2016 at 12:34