Product Type: Pure portable radios
Newest Review: ... first arrived I installed in into my car - it's fairly straight forward as aerial is simply a sticker which attaches to the windscreen and ... more
Has changed my journey to work
Pure Highway In-Car DAB Digital Radio Tuner
Member Name: bunbun2
Pure Highway In-Car DAB Digital Radio Tuner
Advantages: Easy installation, neat
Disadvantages: Some reliability issues
The unit is a convenient size, with a dial and display on the front and eight buttons on the top. These buttons are for menu, pause, rewind, quick scan, and four memory buttons. There are 20 memories in all. These are very easy to store-you simply select your station, then select your memory (using a combination of button and dial for memories 5-20) and hold the relevant memory button in until it is stored. Access is then simple, though personally I avoid using the dial while driving.
Installation is simple. The quick scan button finds an unused frequency in the fm broadcast band, you then find the corresponding frequency on your in car radio and you're ready to go. There is also an aerial supplied which sticks to the windscreen-the wire needs to be fed to the receiver. This has been effective enough for me, but it is definitely dodgy in a town centre. At some point I will buy an external mag-mount antenna. There is a windscreen mount for the unit with a suction cup to secure it.
I bought mine as a refurbished unit from eBay at a significantly reduced price (approx. £35). The suction cup mount had been used before, and broke fairly quickly. Two unsuccessful repairs later I fastened the mount to a cupholder with a self-tapping screw. My car is old and I don't mind the odd hole. This has ended up neater for me-I always feel that windscreens are for looking through, not sticking stuff to. The unit is secured to the mount using a magnet and a metal disc on the back of the receiver. The metal disc has also come unstuck from the back of the receiver, but it's an easy fix to glue it back on. I don't mind any of this overmuch with it being a refurb unit, but I'd be unhappy if I'd paid full price.
In use you get access to a scary number of radio stations using the dial to find and the centre button to select. It tunes reasonably quickly, and gives good sound quality. You do have to be aware that there can be interference from external fm stations-this can be an issue, and for this reason I would prefer to have some sort of wired connection which allows use of the external aerial for DAB reception. There is a line out connection, but this is designed for headphone use and automatically uses the headphone lead as an antenna. I think an external antenna would possibly help with the interference issue, but it is definitely worth taking the time to find a free fm channel with space around it if possible.
The display is clear and easy to read, and shows time, station name, signal strength and has a scrolling section for information broadcast by the station. It is also illuminated in a pleasant green colour. The unit has two modes of operation. The first is an in-car receiver, powered by a lead which plugs into the cigarette lighter socket. The second is as a battery powered portable receiver. I have used it this way a little, and the receiver works well in the house. This does make it a versatile unit, though it is significantly bigger than a mobile phone or iPod, so it is more awkward to carry around. However this is a useful plus and makes the unit good value (even at full price) when compared to a stand alone portable DAB receiver. Not a main use, but a good plus point.
In use it is good, but mine often needs to be disconnected and reconnected to persuade it to work. This is worse in cold weather, and may be linked to the power lead. Other than that I' ve been satisfied with the Pure Highway. It is easy to use, and has certainly changed my listening habits. It's great to get some decent music via Planet Rock rather than the usual tedious chart stuff, and Test Match Special is far superior in audio quality to the analogue alternative.
It is a neat package, and despite some minor niggles (possibly due to it being a refurbished unit) I am very satisfied with the use I've had from this over the past year.
Summary: A good radio allowing me to listen to a bewildering variety of stations in the car
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