Product Type: Pure portable radios
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Good Budget DAB Radio
Pure One Classic
Member Name: mynameisrui
Pure One Classic
Advantages: Good Sound, easy to use
Disadvantages: even though its a budget one, its still expensive!
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.
Summary: A really good radio
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