Product Type: Pure portable radios
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A DAB triumph from Pure
Pure Digital Evoke-1 Elgar
Member Name: flyingsparks
Pure Digital Evoke-1 Elgar
Advantages: Great sound quality, portable radio
Disadvantages: None worth mentioning
I have owned an Evoke-1 from Pure since the model first came out, and I think it was one of the best investments I ever made. This little radio is starting to look a little battered now, but that is due to my taking it with me wherever I travel around in the UK. It's performance is unaffected by the passing of time, in fact it has improved as new transmitters are built, providing many new stations, and stronger signals for other stations.
To start with, a physical description of the radio.
There is a fairly simplistic style to this unit when compared to some of the more recent DAB radios.
The radio comes in a wooden outer casing with silver grey front panel. It is mounted on four plastic feet which enable proper airflow under the unit. It is powered by a 12V DC mains lead.
On the front of the unit there is a blue on/off button, a volume knob, a tuning knob, and nine other buttons, six of these are to pre-set your favourite stations, one is a setup button, another is a display button, and the final button is for autotuning the radio. There is also a small LCD display which shows the name and description of the station to which you are listening.
On the back of the radio there is the extendible aerial. Helpfully this is removable so if you wish to attach the radio to an external aerial it is easy to do so. Other sockets on the back of the radio are for an optional additional speaker, a 'line out' socket, and a headphone socket.
On the top of the radio there is a useful handle, that I use all the time for carrying this radio around.
Setting up and using the radio
Almost all of the UK now has DAB reception, so setting this radio should not be a problem.
Just extend the aerial, turn on the radio, and press the autotune button. The radio the searches for all the radio signals it can find.
The Evoke-1 displays the stations it finds in alphabetical order and twisting the tuning knob allows you to scan through all available stations, when you find a station you like then press the knob in, and the radio tunes to that station.
For me the main advantages of this radio are it's portability, and it's great sound quality.
This radio has been all over the country, and has stood up to quite a bit of battering in rucksacks and travelling bags. I've been able to get good DAB signals almost everywhere.
For quite a while I used this radio at work, and despite it's small size it's sound was able to fill a huge factory floor without a problem.
I can't really think of anything bad to say about this radio. A few more pre-set buttons would be nice, but that's probably me being greedy, six pre-set stations should be enough for most people.
I paid £99 for this radio, but that was a few years ago and you can now get them for a lot less. I suggest you get one now.
Summary: Superb sound from a great portable radio, easy to use and will provide hours of enjoyment.