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Having never heard of the brand PURE I wasn't sure what to expect from this radio but I have been so impressed with it . I have now owned it for a couple of years and it serves as my clock and radio. I love the little display on it which says what station your listening to and what show it is , e.g. the nick grimshaw radio 1 breakfast show. It also looks quite smart and fits very well onto a bedside cabinet. I have always found the signal to be near perfect on most stations I've searched for and it has no problem finding harder to reach stations like talksport. It has never let me down the speakers are also good quality and can play surprisingly high for a radio and considering how small they are. It's a great little radio which won't give you a problem, it's a no brainer!
This DAB radio was gifted to me as a birthday present by a relative. The Pure One Classic is a great starter DAB radio and it does everything I need it to.
My HI FI does not have DAB capabilities and therefore I rely on this portable radio for my DAB radio needs.
The radio is very reasonably priced given other DAB radios available on the market. The design is simple but effective, giving the product a quality look and feel.
The sound quality is good and it is sufficiently loud for use in most rooms. The radio is very easy to use and set-up, you will have it up and running in minutes.
I have never had any issues with the radio either so far, so it is very reliable and robust.
Overall I would definately recommend this DAB radio as it has lasted me so long and been of great quality.
I received this Pure Digital One DAB Radio as a gift from a close work colleague, after my previous Pure Digital Radio stopped working. I was quite attached to my digital radio, especially at work so when it broke my friend at work was extremely kind to buy me a replacement one as a nice birthday surprise.
Looking at the prices online I found that Tesco are selling the Pure Digital One DAB Radio for £81.80, John Lewis have it for sale for £64, and Amazon are selling it for £59.99. It is widely available to buy from most well known high street and online electrical store such as Argos, Curry's, Homebase etc with prices ranging from £60-75.
* Digital and FM radio
* Intellitext for on-demand access to stored scrolling text from participating broadcasters
* TextSCAN to pause and control scrolling text
* Adjustable bass and treble
* ReVu - pause and rewind digital radio for up to 15 minutes
The Digital Radio has a glossy black finish, but it is also available to in a white colour and a pink colour. The radio has a nice small rectangular shaped design with curved edges. It appears modern and stylish with its simple, yet effective style; it has the Pure Digital name printed on the front in white colour texts which stands out well against the black glossy background. The speakers are located on the front right hand side of the radio, which is illustrated by small holes to allow output of sound. The Aerial is folded into the top small long compartment and can be pulled out and extended when needed. There is a small digital display screen located on the front next to the speaker, as well as control buttons and a tuning knob. The buttons and the aerial have a silver chrome finish.
The Size & Weight
The Digital Radio measures approx 7.2 cm in depth, 21 cm in length and 14.5 cm in height. This is a nice compact size to sit on my work desk comfortably without taking up much room. It is also small enough to fit into a handbag or any other medium sized bag so I can easily transport this from work to home when needed, plus as it only weighs 1.2 kg it isn't too heavy to carry around and is extremely portable in my opinion, which is great for me as I like to use it at work and at home during the weekends/holidays.
DAB & FM Radio
It features both FM and DAB radio, which is brilliant as while I'm filling out paper work at the office I like to listen to my usual radio 1 station and alternate to DAB as well. The number of stations available on DAB is vast and there is always some sort of station to add some atmosphere a boring office environment. It can be operated via the supplied power plug which you just simply insert into an available mains socket, or alternatively use 6 C batteries. I personally opt for using the mains power as it eats through batteries faster than I eat a box of chocolates (which is fast!). A charge pack is available to buy separately so you can use a rechargeable battery and use it where ever you want without being constricted to using it near mains power. I don't see the need for this personally, as it can cost approx £30 just for the charge pack.
Setting It Up
It is simple and fast to set up, once the power button is switched on which is located at the front, the radio automatically scans through digital stations for you, and already has quite a few popular ones stored. It does this fast, so there is no waiting around for more than a minute. It can store 30 stations, which is a good number of available slots for even a avid radio fan like me. The control buttons are easy to work out, the turning knob passes through stations, and the other sliver buttons scattered around are self explanatory and include volume buttons, present, stations, menu, source, pause/play/rewind button, and power button. All these buttons require a combination of pressing the desired button and then using the turning knob to adjust.
Some of the key controls/features
The pause and rewind feature is a handy feature that enables me to rewind back to a good song (up to 15 minutes rewind), or pause during my favourite DJ session while I answer a phone call. This works well and as expected, however to be honest I rarely use it. It also enables adjustment of bass and tremble as well as volume sound settings, which does add extra sound quality when listening to your favourite songs. The volume is quite high even at very low settings, so I have to really set the volume nearly to 0 when answering calls etc. The speaker quality is great and probably explains why even low volumes can be heard surprisingly well.
The Digital Display & Sound Quality
The small digital screen displays the battery level, reception bars, and time. It displays information clearly, as well as radio station details etc. Quite useful to know what radio station is playing or what time it is and saves me from having to keep checking the office clock. The aerial works well for FM radio stations and allows me to listen to my favourite radio station (radio 1) without interference etc, and produces clear and crisp sound. The digital stations do sound clearer and more better quality as they are transmitted digitally, and again no interference or trouble listening to the popular stations.
Overall a great DAB radio that is easy to use, simple and fast to set up and compact in size. I would say that it is a quite expensive for what it is, but if you are a radio lover like me that the price won't seem too much of an issue. Therefore I would rate this a 4/5 losing a rating for the price.
I recently revamped my bedroom with some new curtains and sorted out a double bed and having a much nicer bedroom I wanted a DAB radio to listen to in the mornings and before bed so I had a look around on the Internet and found various strong contenders. I have always had a good opinion of Pure as a brand and when reading up on the latest DAB radios I decided on the Pure One Classic which I was able to find on Ebay for £34.95 and considering this was a radio that gained five stars from What Hifi I was very intrigued. I was looking for a DAB radio for mainly talk radio as I like to listen to the likes of 5Live, Talksport and LBC. As a Football fan I also use it for listening to match commentary when I can't watch the game on TV. It's a nice looking DAB Radio which is easy to use and gives a decent broadcast.
This is an excellent radio which features a black and a white finish depending on your preference. I prefer the look of the Black finish and this is the one I chose but the white finish is also available for the same price. There are 30 presets which means there's a decent number of stations that can be easily saved. Most people will not fill these presets and may have around 10-15 stations tuned in and saved. The RDS is in place which gives the information about the station you are listening to along with the show and in some cases the song you are listening to at that time. The radio runs on either 6 C batteries or you can use a plug if you will have it in one place but it is really portable and you can use it pretty much anywhere. The radio tunes automatically which is easy and quick and gives you all the available stations it can find. As well as DAB this one also has FM stations and an alarm clock. Unfortunately there is no remote but for most uses you won't really need to use a remote as it'll be by your bed.
Here comes the all important part of the review, The sound quality is pretty good for a radio of this type. It's sound quality on a decent broadcast is detailed, open and very clear. Obviously it won't have that impact that more expensive radios would but for the money it's a very decent sound, It even shows up bad broadcasts so it's advised that you listen to the better quality broadcasts over the iffy broadcasts but most well known stations are decent quality broadcasts so this shouldn't become a problem unless you listen to the more obscure stations. Whilst the sound doesn't have the size and scale of the absolute best DAB radios it will still produce a sound which has greater scale than you may expect from a radio this cheap and small.
This is an excellent all round DAB Radio, It has plenty of presets (30) and is very easy to use. The display looks good and is clear to see. It also records broadcasts, though only enough for one show between 30 minutes and 30 hours. It will be wiped over when you record something new so it's worth listening to it soon if you use this feature regularly as you will lose that recording. With this DAB radio, Pure have again shown why they have such a strong reputation with their radios. The sound is very good for the money and size of the unit and this is ideal as a DAB Radio for a Bedroom or Bathroom or possibly Kitchen. It also has a headphone jack which means you can listen with your headphones if your other half is still asleep in the morning and you want to listen to something. Finally there is a USB port which allows you to update the radio via the Internet when updates become available. All in all this is a fantastic DAB radio which gives you a wide range of stations in good quality. I'd certainly recommend it. Five stars from me.
I bought my Pure One Classic radio six years ago and have not been disappointed. I paid £60 for it and have found it to be consistently crystal-clear and a pleasant surprise after tinkering with my old analogue radio. The digital reception is crisp, with none of the annoying static which you receive with analogue transmissions. The station pre-set can be a little fiddly to set up and my only comment here would be better instructions, please, to the manufacturers, as my radio came with only basic line drawn pictures and scant written instructions.
Tuning the radio is simple, once you get the hang of turning the large, central knob clockwise/anti-clockwise and then pressing it inwards once to 'lock' your required station. I can receive over 60 stations on my radio and whilst this looks quite a heavy radio, it's plastic casing is light. I have the black model, but this radio is also available in white, and pink. It has a large, telescopic antenna which I don't have to extend very often as the reception is so good, and the spoken word comes through with a particularly rich sound.
The volume is adjusted to pre-calibrated levels, which can be a bit annoying at times. I would have preferred to set the volume in between some of the pre-sets, but on the whole, this is a pretty efficient, and smart-looking radio, which I would recommend.
I bought this product a couple of years ago and I am still very pleased with it. The sound quality is excellent considering the price of the product - it is a very clear sound and the speaker can also handle playing music at high volume without any crackling or distortion.
The radio, whilst being extremely easy to use, has a host of features such as pre-set buttons to store your favourite stations (20 pre-sets on the model I have) and a sleep timer so you can set it to turn off automatically when you want, between 15 and 90 minutes - a great feature as you can listen to music in bed without worrying about wasting electricity overnight.
The only drawback I would mention is that it takes 6 x 'C' size batteries, which can get expensive if you use the radio a lot - I tend to always plug it into the mains so not a problem but something to think about if you want it to be truly portable. If you are not planning on using the mains cable I would definitely use rechargeably batteries, or invest in the Pure 'battery pack'.
However on the whole I would definitely recommend this product - good value, good features and good sound quality.
As I work a lot from home, I thought that a digital radio would be a good investment as I'd get plenty of use out of one. I was drawn to the Pure One Classic due to the simplicity of the design- it looked like I'd be able to get the hang of working it in just a few minutes. To be fair, most DAB radios are pretty user-friendly, but with the Pure One, there's barely even a need to consult the user manual.
I used to own one of the early Bush digital radios in the early 2000s and while I preferred the retro design of the Bush, the Pure One definitely has the edge on practicality. It's a lot lighter than many of its competitors although it does lack a carry handle. The problem with a lot of 'retro revival' DABs is that they place the text display on the top rather than the front of the unit. In this respect, the Pure One places itself more in the 'contemporary design' category, with the text screen on the front and no faux-leather or oak panelling. It's only a minor point but I prefer having the screen on the front as it's handier for glancing the cricket scores or reading programme information.
The controls are fairly simple, with the various buttons changing the operation mode of the central dial. I certainly can't complain about the range of stations it can pick up- there are dozens available, most of which I'll probably never need. It also has an FM setting and the quality is just as good when you're listening to an analogue station. The radio also has the usual extra features- presets, an alarm facility and access to 'Intellitext'. The ReVu facility allows you to pause and rewind live radio and the unit itself can also be used as a speaker for your MP3 player. There is also a USB port for updating the radio, although I'm yet to make use of this.
There's sometimes disturbance when the radio is placed in certain places but this problem is always solved by moving the unit to a different position. It can also be a little temperamental when moved to a different room and occasionally needs a few moments to retune itself. However, I've encountered similar problems with other DABs I've used. There are few small issues I have with the design. For instance, I would have preferred a dedicated volume dial that worked by 'fading' up and down rather than on pre-set volume settings. Quite often for example, volume level 3 is too quiet to be heard in a busy kitchen whereas level 4 is far too loud. The information screen could also do with being larger to accommdodate more text.
The Pure Evoke 1S addresses many of these design points, as it has a separate 'fade' volume dial and a text display that lights up automatically in a dark room. The sound is also crisper and less 'base-y' than the Pure One. Digital radio enthusiasts may prefer to invest in this model although the Pure One is great value at around £39.99 (compared with around £89 for the Pure Evoke).
I was given this radio as a Christmas present from my parents two years ago, and have been using it daily since then as my alarm clock. It makes a good impression from the box, with smart styling and all the features one could want, as well as some desirable eco-credentials. Once opened the cardboard box is fully recyclable, with no polystyrene packing.
The radio feels of decent quality, the buttons are all solid and affirmative to touch, with a chrome finish, and the body of the radio has a slightly odd rubberized 'soft-touch' finish, which I suppose might make it easier to grip if using it as a portable radio (which I have never done). The mains adaptor has a good long cable too.
It autotunes quickly to find all your accessible stations, and seems to get a good signal where I live. I largely use BBC Radio 1 and Classic FM, both of which are perfect. I sometimes listen to Radio 6 Music and Chill too, which both get good reception (and I know Chill is a relatively weak signal).
Sound quality is fair, as expected. Poor in lows and highs, fine in the mid-range. Also allows a 3.5mm headphone/MP3 jack to be inserted so you can amplify your generic MP3 player/phone, which is a good feature.
In using it as a clock radio it has never let me down. The feature of being able to set it to weekday only is a nice touch. I have discovered a couple of quirks though: If you last used it at high volume then turn it off, and the next time it switches on is as the alarm, it will be at the volume you had it at and not that you set it to come on at: The power button is a bit dodgy, sometimes you have to hit it a few times for it to switch off.
It's given me 2 years of reliable service, so I'm pretty happy with it.
I was lucky enough to receive this radio as a gift for Christmas. It was bought in M&S and a special edition silver colour.
Everyone was talking about DAB this and that, and so with the advertised additional radio stations I asked for one.
It looks smart, compact and lightweight. There is the option of batteries or a charger which came with it.
The dial controls the volume and the station, with the button to the lower right corner being on and off.
Autotuning the stations is straight forward and it finds those in your area. You turn the dial to get to the next channel and then you press the dial in for it to play.
The sound is superb for such a small radio. They have invested in good speakers, and it is a joy to do the dishes between 4-7 on a Sunday night - Radio 1's Top 40).
At the top of the radio is the aerial, traditional in look, and I find putting it half way up is all I need, but it depends on your location of course.
The radio can store your favourite stations. It does include an FM radio on it but but that defeats the point and I have yet to use that.
If you are looking for a stylish, simple, easy to operate with a sleek design then the Pure One Classic certainly has to be considered. With DAB digital radio's coming to the fore with the ever-growing number of digital radio stations available the decision is a no-brainer, right? Right!
The Pure One Classic has a simple black finish, with a number of polished silver knobs and buttons. The aerial is situated to the top of the radio and the screen is small but perfectly adequate. The screen may be too small for those hard of sight, but in general it is a perfectly functional size and displays a good amount of information. Upon initial purchase and every so often I scan for new channels. At first I achieved about 70+ channels, now I have over 80 I can access. To navigate through the radio stations you simple turn the large dial and then press it in to select the channel.
Although the Pure One Classic has a simple and uncluttered design I feel the telescopic aerial can get in the way of this image, but depending upon reception in the area I find you don't always need to use it, so fear not for the stylish looks of this gadget! I find it particularly useful in our new kitchen as we no longer have a built-in radio.
The Pure One Classic is so very easy to use. Complete technophobes might have a little trouble programming the digital radio in to start with (although it really is quite simple if you follow the instructions), but general use is very simple. If you just listen to one or two channels you can easily operate it, and you can save station presets to allow for easy access to your favourite channels without the need to trawl through ones you don't use.
The sound is obviously a huge consideration with such a product. The Pure One Classic offers punchy bass and clarity is at the forefront of the sound as far as I am concerned. I have no problems plugging my mp3 player into it, both to allow me to play my own music, but also to benefit from the decent quality speakers. The sound quality is a big indication of quality, what is the point buying a radio that doesn't give respectable clarity?
I have had no problems at all with the Pure One Classic DAB digital radio and expect a long and happy life with it. The alarm clock feature is particularly useful in the kitchen, and the ability to plug in an mp3 player to use the speakers from the Pure One Classic is a bonus. Costing under £60 I feel the Pure One Classic is real value. Digital radio's were very expensive when they first came onto the market, but with a high demand for the technology, prices are reasonable.
The build quality of the Pure One Classic is satisfying. The casing and general robustness of the knobs and buttons gives me confidence to put it in the kitchen. I do plug it in but ensure it is away from fluids etc. for safety reasons. I am more than happy to recommend the Pure One Classic to anyone looking for a replacement to their current portable radio.
When DAB radio's first came out they were 2 things - expensive and looked old (not like rusty but the vintage look). Luckily nowadays, at least one of those has changed - it looks more modern!
The pure classic one is a fairly modern looking radio that is made from a shiny black plastic with silver buttons and dials on it and a headphone jack. It has various buttons and a click wheel on the front as well as a speaker and a display that shows the radio station and the current track info. The radio is also available in white or pink. Its certainly not going to win any awards for its looks but its now styled so it can fit in with most rooms.
There are a few buttons on top of the radio which controls things like volume, DAB / FM, presets, menu, stations and info.
Setting up the radio is extremely easy. Once you turn it on then it autoscans the stations available in the area and stores them in the radio. Simples!
Actually using the radio is quite simple. You basically choose the action you want to take and use the dial to action it. So, for example, if you want to change stations, you would press the "Stations" or "Presets" and use the dial to find the particular station you want and click to select it. The same goes for the volume.
The radio also has two features which sound very cool - Intellitext and textSCAN. Intellitext gives you access to DAB extended text broadcasts such as the latest sports news and the latest headlines. The way it works is that the broadcaster is supposed to send messages which come up as scrolling text for you to read. To be honest, I have never seen this feature in use and even if I did, I'm unlikely to be staring at the screen on the radio for 5 minutes to find out the latest headlines!
TextSCAN is a feature that basically allows you to pause the text on the screen if you want to note down the name of the track or something - again something I have never used!
Sound wise I can have no complaints. It wont set the world alight but it is perfectly fine and good considering the price.
Reception is also very good. Unfortunately I believe our home is lead lined so despite living in a busy town we get poor mobile, TV and radio signal. However, the radio sits in the kitchen with the aerial outside the window and it works perfectly. Each station is clear never breaks up or anything.
The radio also has a USB slot which, foolishly, I thought it meant that it could play mp3 files from a memory stick but in fact it is used if you want to update the firmware - I have had the radio for nearly a year and haven't needed to do this!
My only niggle is that within a month or so of having it, the dial sticks slightly but this hasn't got any worse and was never really bad enough to warrant the hassle of returning it.
For me, this little DAB radio is perfect for what it is needed for. It sits in the kitchen for me and my partner to use when we are cooking dinner and the only real use it gets it switching between stations and adjusting the volume. If this suits you then this is perfect and if this isn't what you want to do with it then I still think this is a good radio! Its priced at around £50 which is a lot for a radio but not too bad for a DAB.
I asked for one of these Pure Classic DAB radios for Christmas as I thought it looked a good radio with some extras on it that I hadn't seen on other radios for the same price band.
The radio I got was black in colour although they seem to do quite a few different colours of it. The radio has a nice feel to it like a moleskin feel, sort of velvety and makes you want to keep touching it as it feels so nice. It looks smart as well, it has a space on one side where it gives you the information on what station you have tuned in to etc. The dial and buttons are all nice and shiny silver in colour. The radio felt quite light weight when I got it out of the box.
When I turned on the radio it autotuned to find all the stations that were available in my area. It came up with about 76 channels altogether. You turn the dial to get to the next channel and then you press the dial in for it to play, but I found quite a few channels were coming up as not available.
The sound on the radio was not bad for such a small radio, you do need to have the ariel on top extended though or else it goes off and you cant pick up the channels. This might not be so if you live somewhere like London with a good reception but in my area I couldn't get any channels without the ariel extended.
I found that I could store the favourite channels quite easily although it took some trial and error to be able to do it.
Unfortunately I had to return my radio to the shop as when I switched it off I found it wouldn't come back on again. I don't know what happened, I used the standby button on the front of the radio to turn it off then unplugged it and moved it to the place where I wanted to have the radio all the time. On switching it back on again the next day the radio was dead and nothing was working at all on it.
I took it back to Currys where it was bought but they said they didn't have any more in stock and when asked if they were getting them in they said it was the end of line so doubted they would be getting any more of them which was quite disappointing at the time although I did find another one to have instead but had to pay a bit more money and it doesn't have as many features on it than this one did.
The other features it had which I would have liked were that it could pause live radio on the digital side of it for up to 15 minutes which I thought was a good idea seeing that I like to listen to football matches and other live sport but would have meant that if I needed a drink or whatever I wouldn't miss any of it. Also you could plug in your mp3 player to it via a usb socket so you could play that through it. Another thing was it had a clock and alarm on it so if I was cooking I could have set an alarm to remind me to go and check the oven (I would have my radio upstairs in my craft room). It also has a FM radio on it but I was not bothered about this feature as all the channels I wanted are on DAB.
I did like the radio and was very disappointed that I had to take it back after such a short time as I didn't get to try everything out but I am happy with my new one.
You can still get a pink version of this radio on Laskys for £57.99 but I would be a bit wary of if it goes wrong if they are not making them anymore.
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