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I have had this radio for several years now and I am still really pleased with it. Before I got this, I had the normal analogue radio which, compared to this, sounded dull and muffled. This radio delivers clear and clean reception of both music and voice.
I have mine on almost all day every day. I leave it on while I go out so my dog and cat aren't sitting in silence, and when I get home it almost always stays on until bedtime because although I have a TV I rarely watch it! So the radio is on in the background all the time. When I go out overnight and leave the cat alone in the house - again, the radio is on all the time for him. Not sure how much a cat will enjoy listening to the radio, but it's probably better than being in silence (and helps me feel less guilty).
I have never had any problems with my DAB radio. The signal is invariably strong. When I used to use it in the bedroom, the alarm worked fine both as a buzzer and as a radio. I now appreciate the quality of this Pure radio more than I used to, because I bought a cheap DAB radio (£25) from one of the German supermarkets which doesn't display station information like the Pure does, and also freezes regularly. The Pure doesn't freeze, and I am happy that it works continuously! So it is worth paying more for a quality radio than a cheap one if you can afford it. This DAB radio certainly fits the bill as one to buy.
I was lucky enough to receive this as a birthday gift, and at the time I believe it retailed at around £90. That's a lot of hard earned cash for a radio and definitely isn't something I'd have bought for myself so I was intrigued at what it would offer as opposed to an analogue radio.
It's a nice petite size and fits snuggly in our house, currently looking smart in our kitchen. The wooden casing alongside the matte silver trim makes it look professional and contemporary. It sits happily on four rubber feet and isn't too heavy either at 300g and is easily transferable from room to room. The display is clear and bright with white LCD text on blue background which displays station, song info, signal etc. I love the display screen and being able to find out what a songs title is by glancing at the radio.
The controls are simple to use and a number of stations are already pre-set. It's also simple to select and preset your own preferences to the numbered stations/buttons by simply flicking through the digital display of various stations. This is another favourite thing of mine, no more fiddling about with crackly receptions for a handful of stations. With this DAB you can quickly flick through various stations and access whatever music takes your fancy. My husband can easily find heavy rock music, my son can find mind numbing techo tunes and I can find cheesy 80's pop to irritate them both with!
It also comes with an alarm clock and timer which I personally haven't made much use of but is nice to have as well as a telescopic antenna and port for headphones. The power lead is of a good size meaning it doesn't have to be too near the power supply. Unfortunately we damaged ours in a house move but I was easily able to buy a universal replacement.
The best thing however is the sound quality, it sounds crystal clear every time as if playing CDs and is a world away from analogue radios. We play a real variety of music and have used it in lots of occasions including house parties where it handles big party beats as well as lower key tunes.
I love this radio so much I am now considering investing in another for other areas of the house. It's sleek, simple with no flashing gizmos and sounds fantastic.
If you are looking for a simple, no nonsense digital radio in the classical style of a traditional radio then look no further than the Pure Digital Evoke-1 XT.
Pure are renowned for their digital radios and this one is no exception.
Auto tune facility
6 Pre-set station buttons
USB connector for software upgrades
Stereo out to enable external amplifier to be connected
Aux speaker to connect to external speakers
DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?
For such a small and simple radio, the Evoke-1 XT boasts a superb reception and while it is still only a mono radio, the sound is good with plenty of mid-range. One could maybe complain that there is a lack of bass and if you are into classical music then the Evoke may not have the dynamic range to cope with the demands of a complex concerto!
However, if you are looking for a quality digital radio with classic looks, durability and a wide range of stations to choose from then the Evoke fits the bill.
IS IT EASY TO OPERATE?
This radio is simple to set up with its auto tune facility and you can also choose 6 of your favourite radio stations for the pre-set buttons. Once set up, you simply turn the tuning knob to select the desired station or hit one of the 6 pre-sets if you have set them up.
The logical menu set up also allows for easy use of the alarm and timer facilities and a quick flick of the info button lets you customise what information is displayed
The DRC or Dynamic Range Control makes the quieter sounds in a particular broadcast easier to hear at low volume although only certain stations broadcast with this.
There is also a helpful tuning aid which displays how strong the signal is and by adjusting the position of the aerial till you see the strongest signal, this will give you the optimum reception.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Although the Evoke has been around for a long time, you can still pick one up online for around £100 and in its day this was one of the best selling digital radios on the market.
A good little radio with excellent reception and classic good looks although a little pricey.
We've had this fantastic little DAB radio for over three years now - another wedding gift we received. Probably one of the best, and certainly most used ones!
We have the beech coloured one - a light colour, but as it sits in our kitchen which is also this colour, it looks lovely. It is a very stylish little radio, with one speaker, and lovely silver interface, which is *very* easy to use!
We use this radio daily, and have not encountered one problem with it. It has an aerial which needs putting up to receive reception (although, that maybe just in our house - our digital signal isn't the best!). We are able to receive a very good selection of digital stations (over 20), although we do tend to stick to specific ones!
It is easy to retune (we did this when we moved) - the clear digital screen has easy-to-follow instructions when doing this. I don't think we ever used the instruction booklet that came with it, as it was so easy to set up!
Sound quality - excellent, clear and crisp. Despite only having one speaker, there is no fault with the sound quality at all. You can buy an optional additional speaker, which plugs in at the back - but we chose not to do this, as we felt it really was not needed!
On the back of the radio, as well as the point for a AUX speaker, there is also a headphone port and a stereo-out port too.
This radio operates from the main's electric - no batteries needed. It comes with an adapter, which has a good wire length to it - probably longer than needed in our case, as it's situated near a plug socket.
Overall I love this radio, and hope to continue using it for many more years. Our aerial is now slightly bent (the cat decided to chew it!), but this bares no negative effect on the signal or sound quality, which is fantastic! I would highly recommend this radio to all and sundry - it is the best in my opinion.
Although the 1XT has been around for a few years now, it is still in an excellent little DAB digital radio. I have the cherry red version, which looks great - very modern. The LCD screen is clear to read, looks great and bright, and is adjustable too. Setup is as easy as turning on and pressing autotune. The reception of this unit is also very impressive - I've used it in several homes where DAB reception was weak, and picked up all the stations I expected, and many more. Operation of the radio is easy, with the jog dial system to get through menus and station lists. Sound quality is great, especially considering the speaker size. There's also a line out port for connection to a hi fi system, which is a useful touch. The unit feels built to last, the buttons and dials have a nice solid feel to them.
This sits in my kitchen. I have in the maple finish as I preferred that colour and I just love everything about it! I was a little worried looking at some of the DAB radios that were about as they look very clumpy and seem to be designed to look 'old'! Wasn't my thing and so when I found this I was chuffed. It looks sleek and the maple finish casing looks lovely in the kitchen! Ties in with the steel and wood that I have on the kettle and surfaces etc. The DAB functions are good, automatically finding stations and the time and date for you etc. The sound quality is more than sufficient for a portable radio. The display is clear and it will display what song is being played and who the artist is on most occasions. It is left on all day, everyday for background noise and for when my hound is left so its certainly being tested! No problems yet and I still love the look of it and the sound of it. I must have had it nearly a year now and I haven't seen one that I wish I'd brought instead in that time ... that's always a good sign that you've made a good purchase!
This radio maintains the high standards that I have come to expect from Pure - excellent sound quality, stylish design and easy to use. The radio itself feels and looks like an expensive and well designed item. It is really nice to have the lovely wood casing. The sound quality is really good - it does not distort even when it is turned up very high. I did consider getting the more expensive model with two speakers, but I don't regret going for one speaker as it is more than enough for my needs.
It is very easy to tune in to every radio station, and equally easy to set the alarm. I have not connected it to my ipod yet, and I don't really think that I would use it in this way, but for every normal radio it is a fantastic buy. I would always buy Pure radios in the future as I think this radio is above and beyond any brand that I have ever bought in the past.
I got this radio for Christmas though i actually got it in Maple wood not cherry as i prefered the lighter colour but its essentially the same radio!
I had wanted a digital radio for a while as I only had a rubbish radio on my equally rubbish cd player. I decided to get rid of the cd player (thought i haven't yet) to save space and just have a digital radio with an ipod input to play my music on.
My parents bought me the radio but I helped them look for the best price and we got it for £69.99 in the end from Amazon - this has now gone up in price on Amazon to £79 i believe and the rrp is £99 so got a bit of a bargain.
The raidio looks pretty in my opinion and is of good solid quality. It is incredibly easy to set up initially - just literally press an autotune button and all your stations appear.
The sound is crystal clear, the speaker may not be amazing compared to a hi-fi speaker but for what i wanted it for it is good clear sound.
I love being able to just turn the knob and tune directly into another station without any fuss or any fuzz or noise in the background if an analogue radio isn't tuned in. I can get most stations without the aerial up full but occasionally the sound goes so if i am listening to it properly i'll put the aerial the whole way up.
The best bit for me is the alarm clock function. I like being able to wake up to the radio rather than a shrill alarm clock and it is very easy to set up an alarm but with some nice options. You can choose the station it comes on with, the volume (even if you normally have the volume on the radio very loud you can choose the radio with the alarm to come on much quieter), and best of all you can choose to have the alarm just repeat on weekdays. That is what i have it set to - 6.50am every weekday but not weekends - this means you can leave the radio on the whole time and not have to worry about remembering to switch the alarm off or change it for the weekend. The radio will also turn itself off automatically after an hour. Again i like this as i get out of bed when it comes on and then as soon as it turns off i know its time i should be in the car for work!
I have yet to try the ipod connection as i don't have a cable but you can also buy Pure Ipod docks that come with a remote control which i might get as it is easier to switch through your music rather than having to change it on the ipod each time.
The radio also uses very little power when on standby mode so you are not wasting a huge amount of electricity when you leave it on all the time to enable the alarm to come on each day.
Digital radio's on the whole are great - i have discovered new channels that i wouldnt normally listen to such as Panjabi radio and another bollywood radio station that is quite good and also Gaydar radio which plays some good tunes!!
I am a massive fan of Pure digital radios. I have never had a problem with one and they last well, pumping out excellent quality year after year.
My first digital radio was an Evoke 1. It was simple, easy to use and never went wrong. It was a bargain as well in a Boots' sale for £50 - and that was when it was still top of the range. Not sure what Boots were thinking but I was happy!! Anyway, I never looked at the manual, just plugged it in, switched it on, twisted a few knobs and had great quality radio.
We upgraded to an Evoke 1XT when a friend wanted a digital radio and couldn't afford one. We figured they could have our Evoke and we'd get a nice new posh one. The XT is just as good as the Evoke 1. In essence it is a similar model. The controls are the same. There is a big volume knob and a station selector knob. There are also 6 preset options for your favourite stations.
The display has scrolling news and information or can show you reception quality, time and date or the station you are currently listening to.
The main difference as I see it, having used them both is the cherrywood veneer on the Evoke 1 XT. It is slightly darker and redder than the Evoke 1. Both look good and stylish, it just depends on your personal taste and decor.
Plus there are one or two additional features which come in very handy. An alarm that is either a typical annoying alarm sounding noise or a radio station of your choosing - far nicer to wake up to in my opinion. But then you do tend to stay in bed listening to the radio rather than getting up. There is also a kitchen timer but as ours is in the bedroom, we've not used this feature.
Overall this is an excellent radio. The alarm is a brilliant extra feature although I'm still quite loyal to my original Evoke1. This is just an all singing all dancing number. It depends what you want it for. At the end of the day, you buy a radio to listen to the radio and the sound quality on this cannot be beaten.