Back home in Ireland this summer, with lots of car travel and visits to people, I realised how much I miss great radio. Listening to the news, the chat, the fantastic music – even the ads! – whether in the car or in the background in someone’s kitchen is something I really enjoyed during this trip home.
German radio just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t know whether it is the overplaying of 80s music on almost all stations or the really, really bad comedians or the cringe-making ads, but I just haven’t warmed to it. The Germans seem to like it though, and I have gotten used to it.
A few months back our kitchen radio died and I haven’t gotten round to replacing it yet. It was a basic one but it was a bit of company in the kitchen and kept me up to date with the news. Now, fresh from my trip to Ireland, I have decided to do something about this radiolessness (i know that that is not a word. I am going to get a digital radio with internet radio. A splurge, yes, but one that’ll be worth it. Of that I am sure.
But which one? I’ve been looking online and reading some reviews but, to be honest, I can’t make up my mind.
I am very fond of the retro look that VQ (View Quest) and Roberts have out. The MyVQ Emma Bridgewater designs are gorgeous. This Blue Daisy is so pretty. It would go equally well in my kitchen, my craft corner or my garden.
This one would be my absolute favourite, looks-wise.
The radios with a wooden exterior are versatile too and would probably be more popular among the men of this house, if I was to ask them. If I opt for one of them, then it’ll be one of the more retro-looking versions I think.
Over on Pinterest I have been browsing the various models in all sorts of settings. Before I get completely carried away with looks, I need to think about the technical side of things.
But you can’t just go on looks can you? The Pure, Revo and Ruark radios are supposed to be excellent too. I haven’t got a great ear for telling the difference between good and amazing when it comes to sound quality. But if I am getting a new radio, I would like the sound to be great rather than just ok.
In summary, what I am looking for is
– something pretty for our home
– decent sound quality
– from a reputable company
– internet radio
– usb connection for my phone
So, if you have any tips, please, please, please help me decide by leaving a comment below.