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Daniel | 26/08/2019
The VQ Susie Q is the brand's largest DAB radio, and the only one to date to feature WiFi connectivity. Take it out of the box, and you're sure to be impressed by its design and build quality. But how does it actually perform? We put it to the test- read on to find out how we got on!
Even before taking it out of the box, it's clear that the VQ Susie Q is a lot larger than your average DAB radio. Measuring just over a foot across, and half as much deep and wide, it's more akin to a fully-fledged sound system. If you're looking for something to sit on your bedside cabinet, then you would probably be better off with something like the VQ Monty. For the living room, though, the Susie Q is the perfect size- and it makes a great design statement, too!
In terms of style, the Susie Q is in keeping with the rest of VQ's product range, bringing plenty of retro flair to the table. This time around, the designers have taken their inspiration from the Fifties and Sixties. But while it looks like a period piece at first glance, its functionality is bang up to date. Nestled in the centre of the front panel is a full-colour OLED screen. All of the controls are located around this, and while the buttons are a little on the small side, it doesn't take long to get used to them. The volume, meanwhile, is controlled by a neat little wheel on the top of the unit.
The Susie Q is available in three different colour options. For those who like their DAB radios with wooden casing, there are oak and walnut options, while the black variant comes with a leatherette wrapping instead. On all of them, the front panel is made from enamel with flared chrome detailing.
Given its size, we had high hopes for the Susie Q, and we're pleased to say that it didn't disappoint. VQ have made it their mission in recent years to try and capture the analogue warmth of vinyl through their digital speakers. They've certainly achieved that here- the sound quality is absolutely fantastic.
The bass isn't overpowering like it can be with some other DAB radios. Instead, it's carefully positioned as part of the overall sound. But if you prefer to tweak things to your own preference, then the Susie Q also has some EQ options- although we found that it sounded perfect as it was.
The VQ Susie Q also boasts full stereo sound. It's great to see a great DAB radio with twin speakers, since most models are only mono. The presence of that extra speaker really helps open the audio up, giving a wide sound profile that comfortably fills a room.
With such large speakers, the Susie Q is more suited to larger rooms. There's nothing stopping you from using it as a kitchen radio, but you might find that the hefty speakers make it a bit overpowering in a more compact environment.
The larger size of the Susie Q also means that it's packed with extra features. The big thing to mention here is the fact that it comes with WiFi connectivity. That means you can use the VQ Susie Q to tune in to internet radio. With over 30,000 stations to choose from around the world, you're sure to find something that suits your tastes.
The Susie Q is also multi-room compatible, too. It uses the UNDOK app for this, which means it's compatible with other brands like Roberts, Pure, and Revo. That means you can alwaysmix and match to build a multi-room setup further down the line- although currently, the only VQ product that it will connect to is another Susie Q.
As well as WiFi, the VQ Susie Q also features Bluetooth connectivity. This means that you can stream music straight from your phone or laptop. If your device supports NFC, then you can pair it with the Susie Q just by tapping it against the radio.
What's more, the DAB radio also supports Spotify Connect. This means that unlike Bluetooth, the radio itself is playing the music. So if you take a phone call or move out of range, the music doesn't stop! It's also great for parties, since multiple people can queue up songs. At present this feature is only available to Spotify Premium subscribers, although it may be rolled out to everyone at some point in the near future.
The only thing that's missing from the Susie Q is a remote control. Of course, the UNDOK app means you can control it with your smartphone. But some people might prefer an old-school remote as well, and it's unusual not to see one in a radio at this price point.
If you're looking for a DAB radio that's sure to impress, then the VQ Susie Q is a great pick. Loaded with features and offering stellar sound quality, it's the ideal living room speaker.
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This entry was posted in Reviews, Audio on 26/08/2019 by Daniel.