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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After having lots of hassle with other digital radios in the past, I thought that I’d put some proper research into my purchase this time. I spent a long time looking at reviews across the web, and the VQ Monty seemed to get a good rep from actual users and not just paid reviewers. It was between this and the Pure Evoke H3 but I ended up choosing the Monty. It’s slightly cheaper and I felt the design looked a bit nicer.
Having spent a few weeks living with the Monty now i think I have a pretty good grasp of it. Here are the good and bad points I have come across:
+The sound quality is excellent, really clear and bright across lots of different music genres
+Very solidly put together, a lot of the time you find that products with a “wood” casing are just textured plastic but the Monty really is made from wood about an inch and a pinch thick.
+Bluetooth so you can play your own music as well- also has a jack for a bog standard 3.5mm cable on the back (I use this for playing music off an original iPod)
+Design is absolutely fantastic, really modern and the wood finish is beautiful. Mark my words- it will take pride of place in your home!
-No volume wheel. A small flaw but these things matter! Turning the volume up or down means repeatedly pressing a small button on the side of the screen until it gets to what you want.
-Buttons are quite fiddly at first but you do get used to them
-No preset buttons, you have to scroll through a menu to find them so might as well just find the station you’re looking for by hand
Delivery was very fast and staff were friendly and helpful when I phoned up to place my order. Thank you liGo, you’ve earned a repeat customer!
By Charles Cressey on 30/05/2019
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful
We bought this VQ Monty to replace a knackered DAB radio in our kitchen and so far have been very pleased with our purchase. It looks and fees like a quality made product and sits very stylishly in our kitchen. Sound quality is excellent for its singular 10w speaker - crystal clear even at higher volumes retaining clarity and impressive bass for such a compact unit. Ideal for when the extractor fan is on or the kettle or the washing machine, well you catch my drift.. is easy to use and most importantly the sound quality and volume are superb for such a compact unit. Finish and design are spot on, controls feel nice and the screen is very easy to read.
Very easy to use and connecting via Bluetooth caused no issues and have been surprised by how good the range is - left my phone in my pocket by accident and it was still streaming clearly after I'd made it all the way upstairs. We did consider some of the pricier models but glad we picked this in the end. If you're looking for a top notch kitchen radio that looks good and has excellent sound then I would highly recommend the VQ Monty!
By Richard on 08/04/2019
Normally I'm a little bit suspicious of any products that claim to be made of "wood". Usually it's just wood coloured plastic! But the Monty really is made from wood, you can even feel the grain of it when you touch it. The fabric on the front is also nice quality (although it is a little bit thin) and the feet are made out of cork.
The sound is really great quality, loud enough to be heard over a party, which you wouldn't expect from a radio of this size. I also love the fact that you can listen to your own music via Bluetooth as well. It was really easy to sync up both by iPad and my phone.
Wholeheartedly recommend the Monty, other brands take note. This is how you put a decent radio together!
By Geoffrey17 on 15/04/2019
Pros: Sound quality is great, it can take a battery pack as well as mains so I can move it around the house, it has separate alarms for weekdays and weekends, includes Bluetooth, has a USB chargeing port, looks really nice
Cons: Changing modes and stations takes quire a few clicks
By francesca evans on 16/04/2019
If you’re looking for a stylish and compact digital radio with good sound quality, then the VQ Monty is a great choice. It looks very stylish in our kitchen and is feature packed with FM/DAB/DAB+ radio and Bluetooth as well as aux-in. It might lack wifi/internet radio but on the rare occasions that I want to do this I can link up my smartphone via Bluetooth.
The Monty doesn’t have any serious flaws, though some people might find the lack of dedicated preset buttons inconvenient. Overall an excellent product that I highly recommend. Speed of delivery and service from ligo was impeccable.
By Laurence on 25/04/2019
Good quality radio with high quality sound. Very well put together too. My only gripe is the controls. They are semi touchscreen button and quite small so difficult to press when I haven't got my glasses on. Won't be a problem for most people but if you use it as a bedside radio like me then it can be a little annoying when you have just woken up.
By Mr M. Wilson on 26/04/2019
The Monty looks really great... Wooden case is the main selling point and is good enough that I can forgive some the other shortcomings. Sound quality is pretty good... it's not as bassy as some Bluetooth speakers but definitely better than your average clock radio
My only complaint is the buttons which are a bit too fiddley. All the main buttons are located either side of the screen which means you cant' see what you're doing when you press them (or at least I can't). Would be better if they were located underneath the screen instead.
Setup takes a while but all clearly explained in the manual... just a case of going through all the steps
Screen brightness automatically dims so it's not too bright in the dark... good if you're using it as a bedside radio
By Chris on 30/04/2019
We bought the Monty as a replacement for a regular DAB radio in our kitchen. It looks wonderful, and fits in perfectly with our country kitchen. It's very easy to use and the sound quality is magnificent from such a small unit. Beautifully designed and finished, controls are pleasant to the touch and the screen is very clear and easy to read.
By Mr Brian Harris on 07/05/2019
The only reason I have rated this 4 stars is that I have yet to fully explore the extra features like Bluetooth. Its size makes it ideally suited to the kitchen and I am really enjoying listening to music while I cook. Had a query about the product before purchasing and Ligo couldn't have been more helpful. Excellent service.
By Graham72 on 08/05/2019
The Q must stand for "QUALITY", because that's exactly what the Monty is! I had planned on mostly using it in the bathroom. But with so many features I've found that I take it all around the house with me, especially since the sound is such high quality. My only wish is that I'd replaced my old radio with a Monty sooner!
By Michael Stacey on 09/05/2019