Product Type: Pure portable radios
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A decent budget DAB radio
Pure One Classic
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Pure One Classic
Advantages: Value, signal strength, auto-tune, eco-friendly, alarm settings
Disadvantages: Alarm quirk, strange finish
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.
Summary: A good, reliable basic DAB radio
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