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Pure One Classic
Member Name: Drifter_2000
Pure One Classic
Advantages: Price, simplicity, yet still a good range of features
Disadvantages: Small screen, poor volume control
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).
Summary: A great budget model, making digital radio affordable to all
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