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Pure Evoke-1S Luxury Portable DAB/FM Radio

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The Pure Evoke Portable radio is both attractive looking and crystal clear in terms of sound output. Very simple and intuitive to use, yet with a range of features, it is a very sound investment.

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      07.11.2013 12:29

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      A really great and video really didn't kill the radio star!!

      This was the first digital radio I have ever used, and have ever bought since I still use it to this day. I wanted something lightweight and something that would look good in any room around the house, and this is why I settled for Pure. It's extremely user friendly and has limited buttons so it's easy to start using without having to look at a manuel which is great!

      The box looks greats, the wood is of a lighter birch which can look cheap, however it really doesn't here and it shouldn't because of the price tag it carries! The contrast between wood and metal is also something I really like, and I really do love the contrast between man built objects and natural spawning ones. Materials that is and not naturally spawning radios haha!
      The handle is also great and it's just the right distance from the box which means it's easy to pick up, and also it doesn't look out of place which you would think it would!

      The tuner is really great, it's easy enough to find loads of different radio stations and of course you can find your own a swell by typing it in. The music quality is really superb and sounds great, it really doesn't sound like the radio at all!

      The downsides of this machine is I wish the screen was slightly bigger and you had the chance to store more radio stations. I've also found issues getting certain stations but this is down to my location as my TV reception is just as bad.

      A bonus of this machine is the price tag. At least for a Pure radio as this is on the cheaper end of their scale. I think it's the case of you get what you pay for and if you want it for general use then get this! It really does look great in every room and i've had no problems so far (touch wood) - See what I did there!!

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      27.10.2013 10:07
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      A classy looking radio which plays your favourite radio stations with clarity

      I love music and I would always choose to have the radio on instead of the television. Radio has changed a lot since I was little and when digital radio was created, I jumped on the band wagon as soon as I could with my beloved PURE Evoke 1s Digital Radio.

      About the product
      The product is a digital and FM radio which allows you to enjoy listening to your favourite radio stations with crispness and clarity. It allows you to preset your favourite stations and to switch between quickly and easily. It has a clock radio so you can wake up to your favourite songs instead of a noisy alarm and it can be linked up to your ipod or mp3 player. It has a socket for your headphones so you can see listen when everyone else is asleep as well as a kitchen timer button. In addition is has a light sensor which adjusts to the brightness of the room so it will become dimmer when you are listening to music in the dark.

      Appearance
      I love the appearance of my radio and it fits in so well with the decor of my kitchen. The radio has a maple wood veneer and a silver face with the speaker on the left and the controls on the right. It is switched on and off using the blue power switch and there are two knobs, one to adjust the volume and one to search for stations. It has six preset buttons to store up to 30 of your favourite stations as well as a source, info, menu and timer button. It has a sturdy silver handle for carrying the radio safely and a silver aerial which can be stored out of sight when not in use. The ipod, mp3 player, headphone and electrical socket are all at the back as well as a battery pack so you can listen to your radio outdoors too.

      Size
      The radio is quite compact in its size. It has a height of 17.5 cm, a width of 21 cm and a depth of 11cm.

      Price
      The product will cost you around £99 although it will be available for cheaper if you shop around. It can be bought from electrical stores such as Argos and also from a range of online websites.

      My experience
      The machine is classy in its appearance and I think that it looks far more expensive than it actually is. It is simple to set up and after a quick scan through the stations you are ready to go. In order to set the stations to your preference, you simply find a station that you like, hold down one of the preset buttons and then the station is stored on that button. Even I managed to do it! When I use the radio in the valleys where my parents live, I find that I have less stations than when I am in Cardiff but I still have plenty so location will make this product work differently.

      The sound on the product is crystal clear and you get none of the fizziness that you do on old radios. It allows you to tune into stations that I had never heard of and the little screen tells you the name of the station, the show and sometimes the song that is playing which amazes me still. The only time the signal goes is when I am walking around in a certain part of the room and it makes the signal dip in and out which can be annoying. The volume is very good and the highest volume goes higher than I would ever need it to go, even when I am entertaining.

      The Mp3 function works well and it is a simple and straightforward process, although I've only used it once as a novelty and I don't have an Ipod to comment on. The headphone socket functions well and the sound is just as clear. I haven't used the alarm function as I use my trusted mobile phone. Over time, because I have been transported my around a bit, the electrical wire which plugs into the back has become a bit loose and temperamental. This is after years of use and a bit of roughness on my part but I'm still knocking off a star as it's is advertised as being portable.

      Conclusion
      All in all, this is a classy looking radio which plays crystal clear music from all of your favourite radio stations. It is simple to use with a great volume and it comes with a variety of other useful functions. I am very happy with my purchase and although mine hasn't been quite as durable as I would have hoped, it has been going strong for years so I am still more than happy with my purchase.

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        30.09.2013 11:05
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        Thanks for reading :)

        I like to listen to some music or radio when doing paper work at work, however when the one at work stopped working I decided it was time to invest in a more modern radio, and that's when I started searching for a radio that played normal radio stations and was also DAB.




        WHAT IS DAB RADIO?
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        DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasts and basically means the radio enables you to listen to music and radio stations digitally instead of the old FM MW airwaves. It transmits better quality of sound that is much more clearer than the old standard radios.




        PRICE
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        I purchased mine from eBay at around £80, it can also be bought from Amazon for £96, Tesco for £98, Currys for £99.99, and Argos for £103. The price might seem a bit steep for a radio, but as it is DAB, the prices are usually around this price range. However just looking now I have seen quite a few similar DAB radios priced at £120 plus so the price of the Pure Evoke DAB radio isn't too high really.





        DESIGN
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        One of the reasons why I chose this particular DAB radio was its design; it has a retro look to it that makes it appear stylish and attractive. The beachy colour effect makes it look like something out of the 80's, and with the combination of the silver front it manages to make it smart and eye catching. It has silver buttons, dials as well as a silver speaker that is located at the front of the radio. It has a silver metal handle at the top that is a curvy design which just adds to its stylish appearance. The aerial is positioned at the back of the radio.





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        This radio is a small size (11 x 21 x 17.5 cm) so it fits nicely on my work desk, which helps as my desk it often a mess with piles of paper work and files scattered around so the small radio hardly takes up any desk room. It has a handy curvy handle located at the top that makes it very easy to transport around, if for example I need to move it to the other side of the desk due to increased pile up of paper work on my desk then it is very easy to grip onto the curve of the handle. It is also very light weight and I can easily lift it up from the handle with one hand.


        The maple colour which I would describe as being a light beachy colour goes nicely with my work desk that has a light brown finish, so it doesn't look out of place or stick out like a sore thumb. I personally really like the silver front panel and find it really works well with the maple coloured outer edges. The aerial sits at the back of the radio and is easy to pull up or push back in when not in use. The aerial is not flimsy, instead it feels strong and sturdy and shouldn't be easy to break off.


        I find it sits securely on my work desk thanks to the rubber grips underneath the radio. I have never experienced the radio toppling over, so the rubber grips provide good sturdy support for the radio.


        One of the many aspects I like about the radio is the light up blue screen, which glows just the right brightness so the details on the screen can be read clearly. The screen displays the details about the radio station, the genre of music, and even the artist and song that is playing, which is very clever in my opinion. This is particularly helpful when searching stations and you can instantly read what genre or song is playing etc which makes it easier picking what station to listen to. The light also allows the details to be read in the dark, so for instance if you are in bed in the dark you can still read the details very clearly.


        The set up process is very easy and straightforward, first insert the plug into the mains, and then adjust the aerial in a stand-up position. The plug lead is a good size so it can reach a good distance. Next step is to switch the blue power button located on the front of the radio. The blue power button is a nice change to the over used red colour that we see on most electric equipment and maybe they wanted the blue power button to match the blue screen!


        The screen will switch on and then using the turning wheel you can then select the desired language. After that it does all the work for you, it takes a few seconds to pop up radio stations, and then you can sit back and enjoy. The radio can also automatically search for a number radio stations so there is always something to listen to. It can store around 25 stations, which is a good high number of stations to listen to instantly.


        Sound quality is excellent; it is like listening to music on a mp3 player but even better! There is no crackling or interference, instead you can hear clear quality music or hear your favourite radio DJ talking. There are number of stations to listen to, and each are easy to navigate through, which is done my the turning wheel. The speaker quality is very good, I found that the radio can easily be heard from across the room.




        VERDICT
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        This is great DAB radio that has made it that much more easier for me to get though a stressful day at work. It is easy to set up, looks great, and has great sound quality. Therefore I would highly recommend this DAB radio as it ticks all the boxes for me.

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        16.08.2013 13:22
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        a good buy

        This is the third digital radio we have had in our kitchen. One blew up, one sounded a bit tinny, but this one is by far the best.
        Sound quality is excellent - it sounds far better than the size of speaker suggests that it ought to. The case is neat, reassuringly chunky. Setting it up was a breeze, and after a few minutes of storing our favourite stations, it was all done. The aerial does its job - we very occaionally get the signal breaking up or "fluttering", but moving it a fraction away from the wall or turning the radio round slightly seems to fix it straight way. Usefully, it does have FM reception too, so on the rare occasions where we need to listen to a non-digital station (local radio in snowy winters for travel news), we can still do that.
        Ours is always connected to the mains. I know battery life in these radios is pretty poor, so have avoided using them.
        All in all, pretty good value - not the cheapest (I think we paid about £90 at Currys), but the quality of this is so much better than the cheaper ones we have had.

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          17.03.2013 18:03
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          Great little buy!

          After breaking my TV and waiting for it to be repaired, I decided I needed a little radio.

          I really liked the style of the Roberts Retro ones, but couldn't justify the price and was worried that they were more 'style over substance'.

          This little beauty was recommended to me by a gentleman in John Lewis, who confirmed my suspicions about the Roberts ones. He said that the sound quality on this was decent and that it was better value for money than most radios. I went away to 'think about it' (i.e. look for a bargain on the internet) but was incredibly fortunate to find one in the sale section (damaged box) for £40! WIN.

          I don't know enough about sound quality to comment, but it seems clear enough and not tinny.

          SIZE
          This radio is lovely and compact and fits nicely on my bedside table. It's dimensions are:11 x 21 x 17.5 cm

          STYLE AND FINISH
          I love the wood finish on this radio, it's nice and pale and would work well with most contemporary furniture colours. My bedroom furniture is dark wood and this contrasts it gently. The main colour is sort of matt brushed metal, and it's very pleasing to the eye.

          FEATURES.
          The radio is an am/fm, DAB radio. I have accidently tried the FM function a couple of times but it's incredibly crackly and I prefer the 'cleaner' sound of the DAB. You can tune to a number of channels, and tuning is via a simple dial. The display is very very clear but doesn't seem to glare too much at night. The buttons are a decent size and you don't need tiny fingers to use them

          The feature that makes this a better proposition than the Roberts for me is the alarm feature. You can set the radio to come on as an alarm whenever you need it, setting it to tune to either the last station listened to, or a different one. So you can go to sleep to Radio 4 but wake up to Kerrang if you wish! I personally tried waking up to Radio 4, but it didn't make me spring out of bed!

          There are a number of other features that I have not played with (like pre-setting channels so you only have to press one button to tune them) but everything's very self-explanatory so I think it should be easy to work out.

          DISADVANTAGE.
          The only disadvantage of this lovely little radio is that to make it portable, you have to buy one of their special battery packs, that you have to buy separately, rather than regular batteries. I resent this so haven't bought one!

          SUMMARY
          All in all, this is a good looking, easy to use radio that has some useful features. Even at full price, I would definitely recommend it to people.

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            02.10.2012 15:49
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            A product befitting of the home and the office.

            Since starting my placement/office job a few weeks back I've been listening to BBC radio 2 every week day, following Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine, and Steve Wright through their daily material. Previously I found such programs pretty boring, and much preferred listening to my own music selection whilst working. I'm happy I've changed now, and though I still enjoy uninterrupted music, I find the elements of variation and surprise experienced by radio a joyous thing. I felt it necessary then, to go out and buy a small radio to place on my desk at home. Now I can enjoy Ken's husky voice, discussion of topical issues, and 'the non-stop oldies' from the comfort of my swivel chair.

            I was only after a small radio, and I knew about Pure and the wide variety of radio models they produce. So I had a quick look on Amazon at the price of their smaller devices, knowing they wouldn't be cheap (as Pure is a high-end brand) - I found the Evoke 1S suitable in size (175x210x110mm) and cost (£90) - and after reading up on some consumer reviews of the product I'd selected I found no bad words against this little contraption. After using it for 2 and a bit weeks I can personally confirm the products brilliance through its good looks, well engineered simplicity, high level of functions, and great sound from that small 7 Watt speaker.

            The 1S has some great features for such a tiny device. Everything is operated through the keypad of numeric buttons on the front, the Volume dial, the Tune dial, and the purple-blue power button - it is very easy to operate, as all visualization is confined to the small OLED display on the front that has clear quality and illuminates in the dark read-ably for the benefit of sleepy eyes. 'TextSCAN' allows users to pause and control text scrolling on screen in order to read the small amount of information displayed at their own pace. A simple menu system allows for quick browsing through all the station pre-sets (of which there are 30), and connectivity of head-phone jacks and additional speakers gives listeners the choice of listening experience they require. The 1S has both digital and FM radio, Intellitext (giving you info streamed from the broadcasters about currently playing songs, dj's, guest speakers, news, etc), light sensors (adjusting the screen brightness to suit the room), and a USB port. All this works in perfect harmony, with no glitches, no delays, no digital errors at all. The 1S has everything a radio needs in the way of features, and the design helps users to utilise every single feature every time they turn the radio on.

            The 1S is a compact version of the larger and more expensive 2S (£130) which has two inbuilt speakers and all the same features of the smaller. Both models make use of a captive telescopic aerial which folds out of the back and extends to a set height in order to receive the best signal. The timber housing with which the electrical components are in-built is smooth and well-finished, and the chrome handle which extrudes from the top is easy to grasp and provides a firm basis from which to carry the light-weight device. The connection points for a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm line-out, and 3.5mm auxiliary cable (to an external speaker) are located in the back, along with the battery pack (ChargePAK explained later), and mains power supply cable. I like how the designers have kept all the un-aesthetically pleasing bits and bobs at the back and kept the nice, shiny dials and buttons at the front. The speaker is the largest component and is stationed at the front behind a protective mesh cover - styled to fit neatly with the controls. It's a lovely sounding 3" drive unit which gives out a clear, full-bodied sound despite its size. You don't get that tinny, treble-dominated pierce sometimes experienced from speakers of this size. The dials are all chrome finished and the buttons are a transparent plastic which press softly into the housing with a satisfying shlushy crunch. The way the buttons interact with the body highlight the devices seem-less interaction of parts and interface - there isn't much more they could possibly improve in this area.

            The battery is an issue. You have to buy it separately - adding costs! Pure offer an optional rechargeable 'chargePAK' which gives 'long' mains-free use when in an area without mains power - I.e in the garden, on a beach, or on a woodland picnic. I haven't tried this, I don't know how it will affect sound quality or volume levels compared with mains connectivity. I would have thought this would deteriorate the overall quality of the product, but for all I know it might be fine - read up on this else-where!

            In conclusion to the 1S: This product is a dream to operate, a dream to listen to, and has so many functions and upgrade possibilities its unbelievable. For such a small contraption you really do get good value for the £90 cost, and if this particular model isn't large enough for your needs, buy a larger version for a slightly greater price and I'm sure the quality will be equaled or improved. A 5 star product, just a shame about the battery pack none-sense.

            RATING: 4.7/5
            PRICE: £96
            AVAILABILITY: Amazon.co.uk
            CONNECTIVITY: Pure ST-1 extension speaker for louder, better quality sound (£40).
            RECOMMENDATION: For anyone.

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              14.04.2012 04:54
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              Looks the part and sounds good too

              The difference between DAB and standard radio broadcasts are vast. This stylish looking retro designed radio is perfect for the kitchen and that is exactly where we have it. It is small enough to fit almost anywhere but we currently have it on the windowsill. It is quite compact at only 175mm x 210mm x 110mm and so should not demand too much of your attention and will blend with most kitchen decor. Our kitchen appliances are mostly silver and we have honey coloured flooring throughout so this radio looks fantastic with it's silver front and honey wood coloured surround and tiny rubber feet to help it grip any surface.

              One thing I like is that on the very top of the radio there is also a handy handle if you wish to bring it on a pick nick for example or just simple move it from one room to another. A lot of small radios do not have that feature so it's something I appreciate on this model. At the back you will find the aerial and this pushes down when not in use. There is a vivid blue screen on this and it looks great with the silver finish. It is on this little screen that when you want to tune it for the first time the language selection will be displayed.

              First pull up the aerial I mentioned earlier from behind the radio. Pull it up as far as it will go and press a little button that can be found down at the left hand side at the bottom of the radio. It is easy to see and find as it is blue in colour and catches the eye. Once pressed the little screen will light up and then you have to choose what language you would like to use. This is very easy to do, using the tune knob. Once done the radio gets straight to work and begins to tune in all the stations that are available. There are thirty presets to use on this radio meaning I can jump directly to my favourite channel without the need of tuning. The sound of this radio compared to standard FM radio (which it can pick up too by the way) is amazing. It's so much clearer, crisper and an overall brighter sound. The process of tuning the radio is a fast one and soon enough there will be a huge selection to choose from. Unlike standard radio DAB will display information on the blue screen about the channel, and the program. This screen will brighten and dim itself depending on the brightness of the room, this means the screen is always easy to read even from afar. This runs off mains power but there is a pack that can be bought separately that charges so you can use it with out the mains plug. The cable on this radio is reasonably long and allows it to be a bit away from the plug socket.

              My entire family love listening to this radio first thing in the morning and I find having the radio playing gently in the background is far more bearable and enjoyable than breakfast TV. This is also nice to have running when I'm cooking, it keeps me company and isn't as distracting as TV would be if I was chopping something for example. 

              This radio not only looks great but more importantly it sounds great and it looks like it will be in our kitchen for many more years to come.

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              11.11.2011 05:41
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              Great sound and lots of channels

              The best thing about this radio apart from the channels you can get on it, is it's actual appearance. It's so retro this 1950s style DAB radio really stands out in a modern home it implies by it's design that it's going to be old fashioned in its features when in fact it has some of the most up to date features available. Most people haven't heard of dab radio. All it means is that Its a digital signal that you're receiving and because of that, the sound quality is far superior to that of the standard AM FM signal. The amount of channels is also a factor of why DAB is quickly becoming known. The Chanel information program name and in some cases the track name will appear on the little screen. The body of this radio is light coloured wood while the handle and face are in silver.

              It cost me £115 expensive but I had a gift card to spend.
              You can connect your iPod and MP3 player to this little radio as well. The base and treble levels can be adjusted from the front control panel. And as a lot of people will use this as a kitchen radio the manufactures have included a handy kitchen timer. It's only small at H17.5 W21 D11cm so it can sit on your counter top without getting in the way.
              It can run on battery power as well but the lithium battery is not supplied.

              This is a cool looking radio with lots of channels and good sound I think it's great.

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                31.10.2011 14:52
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                Superb radio

                I was bought this as a birthday gift a couple of years ago and I've been delighted with it from the start.

                The best thing about this radio is its ease of use, to get it working all you have to do is plug it in and turn it on. The radio itself does the rest, it really couldn't be easier! I've set it up in numerous rooms around my house and in various other places and it always finds loads of stations. Selecting which of these you want to listen to is easy, it can be done with either the knob or the numbered buttons.

                These radios really look the business and the pine and silver finish will blend in nicely with any room. It is small enough that finding somewhere to place it won't be a nuisance and keeping it clean is easily done with a quick wipe. The power lead mine came with was quite long so this has never been a problem although the adapter is quite bulky.

                The sound on these radios is very good with good bass and an excellent balance between mids and highs. It can get very loud, even more so if you attach the auxillary speaker (available separately) and at 1/3 volume mine fills a largeish room with sound. Even at very high volumes though the sound remains crisp and does not distort.

                I can honestly say this is a great product. Buy it, you won't regret it.

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                  17.09.2011 17:31

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                  Would definitely recommend

                  I absolutely love this radio. I don't know how I lived without it in the mornings. The sound is perfect and it has a huge range of stations. It's very easy to use (I only ever use the two dials, the on/off button and the alarm button) and looks stylish. It feels durable if you want to move it around, and has rubber bits on the bottom to keep it sturdy.

                  There are lots of options - you can set several alarms for different days with different sounds/radio stations/volumes. The display screen is very clear and the brightness automatically adjusts depending on how light the room is (so it doesn't glare at night). You can also alter what you want to see on the screen either when it's on standby or when the radio is on.

                  The only slight problem I have with the radio is the clock (I've googled this and it seems other people have noticed the same thing but I'm not sure if it can be resolved) - sometimes it gets out of sync and is a couple of minutes too fast or too slow - it then readjusts itself a few hours later. This is a bit annoying in the morning if you want to set the alarm for a certain time. However I think everything else about the radio more than makes up for this and I would definitely recommend it.

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                  11.06.2011 18:55

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                  Overall very good, especially for older people who are not very good with technology

                  I bought one of these last year as a christmas present for my parents from John Lewis. It is brilliant!

                  Firstly, it is very easy to use. There is just one cable, which is a power supply, which you just plugg in and then press on. It takes a few moments to configure itself and then you can select what station you want to listen too via the 6 numbered keypad. To set a radio station to a number just click the set button, find the station using the tuning knob and hold down the number button. Thats it, it is very easy to do, and all is explained very clearly in the instruction book that it comes with.

                  Secondly, it looks very nice. The pine and silver finish goes very nicely with most colour schemes and it looks very clean and modern. It takes up minimal space on the work top (apart from the ariel) and is very easy to clean with a wipe of a cloth. One thing to point out, is that the power cable i only about 50cm so it needs to be suituated near to a power supply.

                  Finally, the sound quality is very good. The volume is controlled using the knob on the left. It is incredibly powerful, i have never played it on full blast, normally just a quarter volume at maximum. The bass comes through very clearly without being overpowering and the sound does not sound tinny like some cheaper players do. I have never had a problem with it being fuzzy or loosing connection.

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                  An excellent little 'wireless'

                  A few years ago the Digital Radio was seen as a 'must-have' item, heralding the dawn of a new digital age where the analogue radio frequencies would potentially be switched off. In practice however, the initial crop of digital devices weren't especially refined - clumsily put together and rather power-hungry. This was certainly the case with my first Digital Radio, the 'Pure Evoke 2' - it produced a magnificent sound, but ate batteries at rate of knotts. Nowadays, it seems that Pure have found a conscious, making radios with eco credentials in mind. My recently acquired Pure Evoke-1S for example, uses less than one watt in standby mode - now that's more like it. Currently costing £79 from Amazon, this classy one-speakered wonder is available from a range of retailers, both on the high street and online.


                  DESIGN & APPEARANCE - what does the radio look like?
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                  Measuring only 175 x 210 x 110mm, the Evoke 1-S is a compact little device which looks extremely pleasant. The front of the unit is silver in colour, and the surround is made from maple. On the top is a sturdy metal handle that makes transporting the radio from room to room an easy task. Round the back, a telescopic aerial tucks neatly away when not in use, and underneath there are four rubber feet which prevent the device from sliding around when placed on a surface. In terms of the connectivity options, there's a 3.5mm headphone socket, a 3.5mm input for an extra speaker, a stereo out socket, and an auxiliary in socket. The DC power cord is nice and lengthy at just under two metres, although if you prefer not to use the mains you can buy the optional rechargeable 'ChargePak' which currently retail at £29.99.


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                  Setting up the radio is pretty simple - all you have to do is fully extend the antenna and turn on the system via the blue standby button on the bottom left. The screen will then prompt you to choose a language, and your selection can be made with the tune knob (turn to scroll through the options, and then press in to select). After that, the radio will automatically tune in all available stations, and Hey Presto, you're ready to go. The inbuilt tuner picks up DAB stations with relative ease - it even managed (after a bit of crafty aerial angling) to operate downstairs in the house, where radio reception is always in issue - so top marks for Pure there.

                  The radio's small screen is a pleasure to behold - easy to read and smooth scrolling, efficiently providing the listener with information regarding the current programme (known as 'intellitext'). It can also be used to check the signal levels, and show you the amount of battery left if you're using the ChargePak. Cleverly, the screen has its own ambient light detector, so when the lighting conditions in the room are dim, the screen will similarly dim, and visa-versa.


                  ADDITIONAL FEATURES - the extra bits / miscellaneous items
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                  The Evoke 1-S has the ability to store thirty different presets - five of which can be instantly accessed with the numbered buttons on the radio's front panel. This makes navigating through all your favourites very easy, and very quick too. As well as its DAB tuner, the radio can also pick up FM frequencies - this means that those of you whose favourite station hasn't yet made the transition to digital won't miss out. Finally there is an alarm clock that's simple to set, allowing you to be woken by the radio or an alarm tone.


                  SOUND QUALITY - perhaps the most important part of the review
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                  In terms of the sound quality, i'm pleased to announce that the Pure Evoke-IS really delivers the goods - the overall tone is clear and bright, perhaps set-up favourably toward the mid to low end of the aural spectrum, but generally perfectly suited to listening to spoken word. Unfortunately there's no control to tweak the sound, as the 'tone' knob from the two-speakered Evoke 2 doesn't make an appearance. The sound from all stations is very clear, and although the single speaker on the front isn't especially large, it can produce a decent (large room filling) volume.


                  FINAL WORD - a worthy investment?
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                  Although it's only a small radio, the Pure Evoke 1-S produces a quality of sound which belies its dimensions. That said, it could be argued that due to its dynamic range, the radio may be better suited for listening to spoken word programmes and sport rather than music. The device looks especially pleasant, and compared to many of the cheap and plasticky digital radios out there, it's certainly one of the more visually appealing numbers. The radio is really easy to use, and I would recommend it as a device which can be operated simply by young and old alike. It's great to see that Pure are continually refining their range of products, and I would have no hesitation in recommending the Evoke 1-S as an excellent all-round radio.

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                    10.11.2010 07:10
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                    excellent quality digital radio with so many features.

                    I loved the look of this radio when I first saw it in the shops. It had a very 70's style of feel and look. It makes your room funky. It is surrounded by wood which makes it that much more unique. It has rubber on the bottom to give it grip on smooth surfaces.

                    This radio is not just nay radio it is a DAB radio which means it received digital radios stations in high quality sound. Not only does it do that, but it shows what song is currently playing on air so you can look it up on itunes and buy. It's a great feature for you and the record industry I think.

                    One big tick to the list is the LCD screen. It is a nice bright blue colour and shows plenty of information such as the radio station being played and the song titile. The dials and the buttons are very nice to use. The device automatically searches for radio stations and stores them in order of up to 25 stations. A keypad is also supplied on the bottom where you can edit station names after you have stored them which is excellent!

                    It has a power saving mode where it sits in standby and there is a timer which you can use as an alarm clock even when the device is in use. I love the sound quality, the speaker is pretty loud and crystal clear treble is something I have never heard in a portable digital radio. Other portable devices can be connected to it via usb so you can play your mp3 player through the device.

                    Overall I am very happy with this radio. It has all the features I need and there is a few more extras which too my fancy. It's a very affordable device under £100. The best part is you can take it anywhere!

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                    A great quality radio for any contemporary kitchen, bedroom or lounge

                    We have had this radio for ages and still use it in the kitchen. It has a very modern look and matches our Sony Hi-Fi system thanks to the maple wood surrounding to it. I love the way electronics are covered in wood - it's a great modern look! It's a suitable radio for any kitchen, bedroom or lounge but it is certainly modern.

                    The radio has a lovely design in my opinion. It is box shaped with a maple light wood surrounding, with a great finish. It sits on four rubber stands on either corner and this grips most hard surfaces well. On the top is a curved handle so it's very easy to move around if you are cleaning or moving it. The Pure logo is on the top right of the front face with the model number to the right. It also shows it is a DAB digital radio (digital audio broadcasting) meaning it picks up the signal and broadcasts it digitally.. quite self-explanatory!

                    The radio has a screen, which is useful. It only displays a green digital display but is very useful. I soon noticed the brightness of the screen adjusts according to the light of the room, just like my Macbook does! There are two very smooth metal wheels towards the top of the front face for adjusting the volume and also tuning new stations. It will find stations itself however and can store 25. It will display their frequency and name, which is useful. It will even display the song name and artist being played if the radio station supports this feature.

                    There is a keypad underneath used for customising your own 6 channels after finding them. It's quite tricky to use at first but you get used to the buttons you need to press with the help of the instructions and once they are saved onto the radio, you never have to set them again unless you decide to change your top six! The radio also has an option to put it on standby to save power. You can even use the timer on it, which is why we have ours in the kitchen! This can be very useful for when you are cooking or baking, and the alarm sounds quite loudly after the time is up even if the radio is on.

                    There is a single speaker to the left side, which is of superb quality for such a small speaker and radio. It's very clear and can reach a high volume without distorting. Being digital, the signal picked up is usually great, which helps add to the clarity. The radio can even be connected to an iPod via the USB lead so you can play your music through it. This is an extra feature, but I wouldn't say the main feature. This does however make it more versatile to be used in the kitchen or a bedroom or lounge - it's entirely your choice!

                    It's a great quality radio with good features and works fantastically. The only problem is the price - at around £95 RRP but you can buy it for nearer £80 or less online. It's an excellent quality radio, probably one of the best you can buy so it is certainly worth it. I enjoy listening to it thanks to the clarity of it and the extra features are handy when you need them.

                    Thanks for reading!

                    :)

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                      Good all-rounder for everyday use

                      THE BASICS:

                      Half the power consumption of industry equivalents, a fairly basic radio allowing you to pre-set six channels and access the others via a tuning knob. Can occasionally have problems picking up the signals of some channels on the first attempt, but usually gets there in the end. Sound quality is exceptionally good whether listening to spoken word, pop or classical music. FM stations available in addition to the DAB Digital interface.

                      THE LOOK:

                      Attractive enough 'box' style radio with light wooden veneers and curved silver 'handle'. Simple interface with traditional tuning and volume knobs and 11 oval buttons for more specific features. Telescopic aerial in silver.

                      ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:

                      Upgrading from the previous model, a light sensor picks up on the ambient light in your room and adjusts the LED setting accordingly.

                      The 2 Year Manufacturers Warranty is more than offered by most electrical manufacturers and probably reflects the quality of the product. We've never had an issue with this (after 3+ years) or our other 'Pure' products, but its nice to have this as back-up.

                      While a relatively basic model new features (e.g. stereo speakers) can be purchased and added via a USB port. IPods can also be plugged in. Admittedly having lots of trailing wires may make the product a bit cumbersome.

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