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We've had our Pure Evoke 1S DAB radio since 2007, I actually remember the day we bought it as it was a day before I went into hospital to have (now) eight year old daughter - it was my partner who wanted it, I wasn't into the idea of digital radio at all but our local radio station had switched a lot of their football reporting to DAB so it made sense for Villa loving Mark to want to upgrade at that point from 'normal' radio.
I don't know why we chose this model but evidently it was a good decision as it's still going strong and is showing no signs of dying yet.
It's simple to use, scanning for stations picks up anything new and you have the option of saving any channel to your 'favourites' so you can find it quickly and easily next time. You can use the favourites to save DAB and FM stations, although we tend to use this mostly for digital radio and as far as I'm aware there are no analogue stations saved - there's plenty of room to save what you like however as up to 30 stations can be stored (although to be honest if I saved that many it would take me too long to scroll through so I might as well scan afresh each time!).
I love the display which features Intelligent Text, telling me not only the station I've chosen but also giving a brief description of what the programme is about or what song is playing - this is only live when the station is linked up with Pure (not all are) but considering the age of the radio I think it's pretty good and works extremely well at all times.
Sound quality through the one large speaker is excellent, although we have a niggle with the volume as my partner likes to listen to the radio in bed and even at the lowest volume increment it's slightly too loud - annoying, although it's an issue we had with our previous Pure DAB radio so not completely unexpected (we've gotten around this irritation with the simple method of 'getting another portable radio for the bedroom' but really I think Pure should address this as surely a lot of people use their radios in the bedroom where a nice quiet sound is preferable!).
This model isn't currently available and I doubt it will be again, similarly designed modern Pure Evoke models are priced around the £100 mark which is a bargain.
On the front there's the single speaker on the left with the control panel being on the right.
The control section is easy to handle with a small but perfectly clear screen on the top with a volume and tuning dial just below it. Then we have the buttons, consisting of six number buttons, a source, info, menu, power and clock buttons. And a little light that glows when the unit is on.
On the rear is has a few ports, those being, (from left to right), 'update usb input','auxiliary speaker output', 'headphones'. 'stereo output', 'auxiliary input' and the 'power port'.
Also on the rear there is the aerial itself, which extends manually being one of those old fashioned slim metal one that can be seen on an early 1980's Ford Granada.
Then there's the battery compartment, which houses the rechargeable PAK that comes with this unit. This rechargeable unit means that you can have constant power no matter where you are.
It offers 30 pre-set stations, using the tuning button and these 6 numbers storing buttons. The source button lets you pick DAB or FM, or even using external devices in the aux. Mode.
Then there's the information button that give you information on the station you are on, with extra info appearing when you're using DAB.
Then there's the alarm function and even timers, with each function being easy to set up using the on-screen directions.
There's no doubt that this one looks great standing in the kitchen, or what ever room you want to put it in, with its old fashioned look of wooden cabinet and plastic front, and up to date functions. It can be carried with ease using the small handle that curves over the top.
This radio is one of those ones that is a great little device and sells for about £50, which is not too bad considering that when they first hit the streets they were double that price.
I have used lower cost radios which look similar and are almost as good as but this one somehow seems to stand out above the rest.
Pure EVOKE-1S features Digital and FM radio with RDS; auxiliary port to connect your iPod/MP3 player; PURE's revolutionary Intellitext and textSCAN. For your convenience and optimum clarity from any angle it comes with new OLED display and manual or automatic brightness control. EVOKE-1S like multiple-award winner EVOKE-1XT offers easy to use kitchen timer USB upgradability and optional stereo speaker.