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To be honest this would not have been a purchase that I would have made as I have not been very impressed with the quality of digital radio and at £60 it is a rather expensive alarm clock if that is all it gets used for but hubby knows best when it comes to such things so now it sits on the bedside table even though with a baby in the house an alarm is hardly needed.
This is a mains powered clock radio so needs to be located close to a plug socket. It is quite a stylish design being triangular in shape and silver in colour with a black display and flourescent numbers showing the time equally well in daylight or at night and the display can be adjusted between two settings depending on the level of brightness that you want. Alternatively you can set it to auto and it adjusts according to the amount of light in the room, we have found this to work pretty well and have left it on that setting.
It took a couple of minutes to scan through the channels when first activated and it picked up all the main channels. It also set the time according to the signals it received so the only thing you need to set up is the alarm times if you are going to use it for that function. It has four alarm settuings in all so you can have different settings for the weekend if you want or if you have different start times, this is pretty useful and you can either wake up to the radio station of your choice or an alarm tone.
I must say I have been impressed by the quality of the sound for such a small unit that has integral speakers, it is clear and sharp, the only issue I have is common with digital radios and that is the occasional loss of reception. This is not helped by the fact that the aerial is a just a thin piece of wire and is a bit poor and the main thing that lets it down. Ours is looped over a curtain hook which is not ideal.
Overall it is not bad but it could be improved with a better aerial design in my opinion.
I have a PURE DAB radio in my bedroom so when I decided to get a radio for the kitchen I selected the PURE Chronos II DAB radio.
Like similar PURE products the radio is a triangle shape which I like as it gives it a modern feel. It is approximately 190 wide x 170 deep x 60 high. The colour is silver and buttons are clearly labelled making for easy use. Costs vary but normally can be found for around £60.
Buttons are: DAB/FM,Info, Menu< Sleep, Preset, Volume -/Volume +, Select - and +, Alarm, Snooze and Standby. The buttons are a reasonable size so you are unlikely to press the wrong one in error.
The display is black with green font which again is easy to read and also cuts power consumption. Power consumption in standby is 0.99W and in operation 2.02W
As I like to get up slightly later at the weekends I find the ability to set different alarms very useful. In addition as I find it difficult to get to sleep at times so the Sleep function has been very useful for me. You can select 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes or even 90 minutes. In the kitchen I sometimes use it as a timer. There is obviously a snooze function too but I tend not to use that.
When setting alarms you can choose which station you want to use as the alarm which gives you more choice than a standard radio.
The Intellitext function is useful as it gives you information about the station you are listening too. It will even tell you what is coming next. The level of information provided does however vary with different stations.
I found the Chronos II very easy to set up. It really is a plug in and play device. Obviously the number of stations will depend on the area you live in but I am fortunate is living in an area with excellent reception. Once plugged in for the first time it will scan for stations which can take 2-3 minutes but after that you are all set to go.
Overall I have been very pleased with my purchase. The sound quality is good and the radio is light enough to move easily around the house. When unplugged then switched on and again it very quickly resets the time and stations. The speakers work well as when cooking I sometimes need to turn up the volume and have been impressed with the sound level from such a small device. I realise that my experience has been positive as I live in an area with good reception so before purchasing I would check to see the level of reception in the area you live in.
As a gadget man, I have always fancied owning a DAB radio. When my bedside alarm clock finally gave up the ghost towards the end of 2009, I decided to go for a super dooper DAB model to replace it. After researching different models on the market, I decided to go for the Chronos II alarm clock from Pure.
==In the box==
This radio is very much plug and play, therefore the only components in the box are the radio itself, a mains charger and a plastic sleeve containing the instruction manual and a registration card. All components were expertly packed in tight compartments to avoid them moving around whilst in transit.
The radio itself is an unusual triangular shape, the front edge being flat to display the information with the other two sides meeting in the middle at the back to form the point of the triangle. On this back point, there is a switch that allows you to change the display between bright and dim. There is also an option for auto which changes the display brightness depending on the quality of light in the room.
The instruction booklet that comes with this clock/radio is very comprehensive and gives easy step by step instructions on how to set up all of the features.
The first time you turn on the Chronos II, it will attempt to scan all frequencies to find channels. This takes between 90 seconds and 2 minutes to accomplish. My radio found 41 stations but this will depend on your geographic location. To find out more about what kind of reception you are likely to get, visit www.pure.com/index.asp and enter your post code.
Once this scan has finished, in effect you are up and running as you can now can through the channels using the + and - buttons on the top of the radio. What you will probably want to do next though is set the alarm or alarms on the clock. As this is a DAB clock/radio, it is able to take its time and date settings from the signals it receives. As well as meaning that you will not have to change the time on this clock when the clocks go back or forward, it also means the clock will always know what time/day of the week it is. This information is vital for the alarm setting function. The clock radio allows you to set upto 4 alarms and you have the choice of weekday, weekend, every day or one off. You can choose to set any number of these alarms for full flexibility. You can also chose whether to have a preset tone or a radio station as the alarm. On conventional radios, if you chose the radio to wake you up, the station you are currently tuned to will be the one that plays. On the Chronos, you can choose any radio station that you have previously scanned to wake you up meaning you could go to bed listening to rock music but be woken up by a classical or chat station.
The sound quality on this radio is very good as you would expect from a digital service, the volume range from quiet to loud has plenty of middle levels enabling you to find a sound level that is right for your own listening preference.
As the radio comes with Intellitext (an extended digital service allowing the broadcaster to transmit additional programme information) you can now opt to view a vast array of information should you choose to. The Chronos II allows you to cycle through various different display options such as station name only, time, station name with Intellitext data and signal strength. Personally I prefer the station name with Intellitext setting as for music stations, this normally tells you the currently playing track and for chat stations, it normally displays the latest news.
Initially, I did have problems with positioning the radio in order to pick up a strong signal. As the aerial on the clock/radio is just a thin piece of wire, it is unable to stand up on its own. This means that you are going to have to tie or blue tac the wire to a wall or sturdy object to avoid interference. I feel Pure could have improved the design of this aerial immensely as it does let the clock/radio down somewhat.
Even with the clock display on the dim setting, it can be a bit bright when trying to get to sleep if the display is right next to you. This can be very annoying but by distancing yourself from the clock by as little as 6 to 9 inches should solve this problem. The only drawback with this however is that if you have positioned the Chronos II in a particular position to pick up a signal, you are going to get cheesed off fairly quickly if you have to move it to negate its light.
Although this is my first move into the DAB market, I have come into contact with them before and have always held Pure in high esteem. The Chronos II is a very capable clock/radio and will give many hours of pleasure. Positioning can be a very stressful experience due to the quality of the aerial but when you get it up and running then you have yourself a nice little device.
The build quality of the Chronos is excellent and its looks will make it look good in any bedroom. Available colours are white and silver. I went for the silver version which cost me £59.77 from amazon.co.uk. Some companies seem to charge more for the silver version than they do the white one so be careful when purchasing.