Vita Audio R1 DAB/FM Radio

Mがベッドの横に置いて愛聴していたLexon Tykho Radio(赤)が、3ヶ月で壊れてしまったので、Vita Audio R1 DAB/FM Radio(定価£179.99)を新しく購入した。色はこれまた赤で、ラッカー塗りでつるっとした感じに仕上がっている。Mのモノ選びの基準はまずデザイン。どんなに便利だったり実用的でも、デザインが気に入らなければ絶対買わない。電化製品だけじゃなく食べ物から家庭用品、文房具など、買うもの全てにおいてこの調子だから、ちょっと困る。中国製だけれどイギリスでデザインされたこのラジオも、レビューサイトや雑誌等で高い評価を受けているというのもプラス要因だけれど、最終的にはデザインが気に入って購入を決めた。でも、すでに廃番になってしまったモデルなので、あんまりお店のチョイスはなく、ネットで探して、最終的にアイルランドのギフト用品を扱うウェブショップPressieportで注文。

音質も良く、ipod等に接続すればスピーカーとしても使えるし、サイズも17cm x 13cm x 13cmとコンパクトなので、ベッド脇に置いても邪魔にならない。コンパクトラジオとしてはちょっと値段がはるけれど、デザインがスタイリッシュなので、使ってない時でも、インテリア・オブジェとしてもいい感じ。寝る前のひと時、心地よい音楽を楽しんでいる。

M’s bedside radio Lexon Tykho Radio (red) was broken only 3 months after purchase, so he bought a new radio Vita Audio R1 DAB/FM Radio (SRP £179.99). The color is red again, with glossy lacquer finish. M’s first priority when he buy something is definitely design. Even if the product is very useful and practical, he never buys if the design is not up to his standard. Not only to home electronics but he applies this principle to everything, from food packaging to home products and stationaries – so I cannot buy anything without his design approval. This radio is made in China but is designed in UK, and he decided to buy it mainly because of its design, though good reviews that the radio earned from tech magazines and websites a big plus. Since the model is discontinued and there are not much choice in retailers, and after checking internet for a while, we bought it from Pressieport, an Irish online Irish gift store.

The sound quality is quite good, and it can be used as a speaker by connecting to ipod or something. The size is compact, 17cm (6.75″) x 13cm (5″) x 13cm (5″),  and it doesn’t obstruct when M put next to the bed. The price is a bit high as a compact radio, but its stylish design can be seen as a piece of interior object, as well as we enjoy nice music before we fall a sleep.

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