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Our 'Pure One' digital radio has been an excellent long term investment. A good basic DAB radio, this has given us reliable everyday service for over four years. Reception is good and (mono) sound quality acceptable for its size. It's solidly built and straightforward to use. The only potential drawback is its limited portability, though not such a major problem when used mainly as a kitchen radio.
This was our very first digital radio, a welcome present from our daughter who had carried out her usual painstaking research and chosen carefully. Pure had a good reputation as an established manufacturer, one of the first to enter the UK digital radio market. This model had been well received and has now stood the test of time, certainly compared with our short-lived digital alarm clock radio. It still represents a huge improvement over what went before.
Our 'One' may not quite have all the bells and whistles of newer models but it still does what it does just as well as it did when we first got it. The range is now well established, with minor modifications to new models and some increased functionality, but I find ours still meets all our needs. We use it plugged into the mains on the kitchen window ledge, where it takes up little space and gets excellent reception on both digital and FM settings, with the aerial barely extended.
The usual information can be displayed 'on screen', including date/time, channel, signal etc., as well as 'Intellitext'. Scrolling text can apparently be paused and controlled, though I can't say I've ever explored this possibility.
Other standard functions include setting timers and 'presets'. Note however that while a sleep timer can be set, there seems to be no full alarm function. This model was clearly not intended for use as an alarm radio; indeed, the user guide specifically refers to 'kitchen timers'. Later models seem to have improved in this respect.
Connectivity is quite limited, as might be expected, with just a mains adaptor, headphone socket (presumably stereo) and a USB socket for system upgrades (not tested).
~~Portability and power consumption~~
Early experiments using batteries were slightly disappointing as power consumption is relatively high, requiring six expensive size 'C' batteries or an even dearer custom 'ChargePak'. However, the unit is quite compact and relatively lightweight without the batteries.
Basic functions like selecting stations and changing the volume are simple to perform. The controls are quite intuitive and not too fiddly. The display could perhaps be a little bit larger/more prominent but selecting the 'Backlight on' option definitely helps with this.
It is now quite some time since we first set this up but, as I recall, this was pretty quick and straightforward, as tends to be the case nowadays with auto-tuning digital devices.
These days we tend to listen mainly to national BBC stations and to Classic FM. Switching between these is quite easy, either manually or using 'presets' (up to 20). In fact, I only quite recently bothered to store our favourites for quick access.
I was relieved to find this still available to download from the manufacturer's website (see below). It is concise with 10 pages of clear text and black & white illustrations. This is easy to follow, though rarely required!
~~Summary & recommendation~~
A good value, durable digital radio. Recommended, especially for kitchen use. Worth checking latest specifications.
~~Availability and price~~
Pure 'One' range currently available from c. £35. Check latest prices online.
[© SteveS001 2012. A version of this original review may appear on other review sites]
We were given one of these little radios as a gift, it is compact and can operate on batteries or mains power.
It picks up digital radio stations however the reception can and times be crackly and in our new house we cannot pick up any radio station.
The antenna is really very long and even fully extended does not always work....although our cats like flicking it when it is up!
In our old house it worked fine and was really nice to have in the kitchen, though if you stood in front of it in a particular range it would crackle and lose reception which was quite Frustrating.
The volume does turn up to a decent level so you can hear it throughout the house and it does not lose sound quality when turned up full volume.
There is no display to tell you the station or name of the son being played which was a nice
Function on our old digital radio.
Overall while this is a nice little device for basic listening the reception ability is quite
Poor and display is very basic.
I would recommend this for someone looking for a basic radio and who lives in a good reception area. I wouldn't go for it if you are quite rural as you may be disappointed at reception quality.
I have eclectic music tastes. I like folk, rock (think Jethro Tull, The Who, and others of that ilk) with a smattering of classical. I loathe hip-hop, any genre named after a dwelling (House, Garage - what's next - shed?!), pop; indeed, most of what is played on mainstream radio stations these days. Therefore, when our team at work received an award, allowing us to pick a gift from a selection, I chose a digital radio, specifically, the Pure One Classic (aka the Pure Digital One). I was attracted by the idea of having a veritable cornucopia of stations to choose from - surely there would be a handful of stations catering to my tastes.
A couple of weeks after ordering, a card was dropped through my door. Oops, I'd missed the postman. A day or two later, the package was delivered, and the radio duly unboxed, unwrapped and plugged in.
I must admit to a wee bit of disappointment initially. The description on the web told me I could hook up standard speakers and my iPod to it. This is indeed true, but you need a line-in connector (it looks like a headphone socket) - my old, sadly poorly portable stereo in the kitchen seems to lack one of these. The speakers connected simply with little wires (you can tell I'm not an AV technician). The same is true with the iPod - you need a headphone to line-in connector. As it happens, I have one of these, but really cannot see myself using it.
But let's go back to the beginning. The radio I have is white, and it is quite compact. The instruction booklet, as typical these days, seems huge, but only because it's printed in six different languages (did you know the Danish for "owner's manual" is "Brugsvejledning"). The booklet does tell me that it measures 210mm wide x 145mm high and 72mm deep. I realise this may not mean that much to those, like me, with spatial difficulties, but trust me, it's quite small and easily portable (if using batteries or a battery pack, neither of which I have experimented with). It sits in front of our toaster and is maybe ¾ the size of that - shorter, shallower and narrower. There are seven buttons on it, and a central dial, which also doubles as a button. In addition, there is a small, backlit lcd display, which typically displays the time, the station you're listening to, and any information the station chooses to share, such as the track playing and its artist. Needless to say, this only works if you're listening to a digital station that can send through such information.
The radio is easy to use. I did refer to the instruction manual. I am a woman, and so often do. It will autotune the stations, saving you the trouble of finding all the jillions of digital stations available. It will also play 'normal' analogue stations; I have not yet done so, as I use the semi-broken Sony stereo also in the kitchen to do that. Storing pre-sets on both digital and analogue is a dawdle - simply find the station you want, press the 'presets' button to open the list of, you guessed it, preset options, choose one, and press and hold the dial until it's stored. It will store 15 digital stations and 15 analogue stations. So far, so simple.
A nifty feature, which I've not yet tried except in the interests of curiosity, is the rewind feature. You can pause, rewind and replay live radio, much as you can on your telly with a Sky+ box or DVR. You can rewind, apparently, up to 10 or 15 minutes depending on how long you've been listening and how good the signal is. I have tried the pause button and rewound a wee bit - it does seem to work. You cannot, however, pre-record shows as you can on your TV. In addition, there are various alarms and timers. The kitchen timer may be a useful item for me; however, I have a dedicated kitchen timer and a microwave with a timer. I can only anticipate using this if I am timing more than two items simultaneously. Since I am not using the radio in my bedroom, I rather doubt I'll use the alarm functions or the sleep function. I do not tend to sleep in my kitchen. This, on the face of it, sounds like most digital radios (or indeed car radios) out there. Once you are familiar with the buttons and the options, the digital world is your oyster.
However, if you are like me, you will settle on a set of options and stations, and tend to stick to them. Whilst I can change what the display...well...displays, I don't tend to. I have the backlight set to always on when the radio is on (you can have it always on, always off, or on for seven seconds after you do something to the radio), I allow the station to choose which information to display, and tend to listen to Planet Rock and very little else (and when I say 'very little', I mean 'nothing').
My main quibble with this radio is the sound. The reception is good, but the speaker is tiny, singular and frankly, tinny. Although the radio will broadcast in stereo, this requires stereo speakers, which I have not yet managed to hook up. It is for this reason I cannot envisage plugging my iPod into it. I have an excellent iPod dock hooked up to my rather nifty (if elderly) stereo in the living room. I'd rather turn the sound up and listen to my music from there. The neighbours may not be so impressed, but it doesn't happen often, and I like to think I'm expanding their musical experience.
Another issue I have is that it is only portable if you are prepared to invest a fair amount of money in either six C batteries or in the not-supplied ChargePAK C6L, which, as you might imagine, is a rechargeable battery pack. I would be happier were the ChargePAK supplied with the device; this would make it a much better buy.
I suppose I shouldn't complain; after all, I got this baby for free. Still, I could have chosen an in-car digital radio adapter. I would have done, were I the main user of the car, but my inherent selfishness got in the way (it was MY award, after all). Amazon will sell you one of these bad boys for around £40, other stockists may vary - Pure's own site wants £44.95 - but do bear in mind that if you want to portablise it, the battery or battery pack will set you back an additional £35 ish. Ouch.
I shouldn't complain; I did get this radio for free. However, if I were shopping for a digital radio, I would be inclined to ensure I listened to it in the shop, through both its own speakers and through stereo speakers. Furthermore, I'd do more research as to how it can be connected to proper speakers, and make sure I had the ability and the materials to do so, especially if you are going to be using it in a room that may not have large speakers, such as a kitchen. One should also check that the area in which the radio is going to be used has digital reception. Living on the outskirts of London, I don't really have that problem, but results may vary.
I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this radio because of the tinny sound. Should I ever hook it up to real speakers, I may feel differently, but it does seem to me that one needs to spend a fair amount of additional money to make it either portable or a decent sound system.
First things first... The rechargeable battery (Chargepak) that is available makes this radio 10 times better, making it portable and useful in every situation. The battery costs about 30 pounds and is recharged inside the unit and gives about 8 hours DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasts) use per charge a lot more on FM.
Well back to the actual unit. The main benefits of this unit are DAB digital radio which gives you all your favourite channels and more in CD quality sound (no more crack and whistle). There is also a FM radio feature but no AM radio (but with digital quality radio 5 on DAB who will miss it).
The unit is easy to use and the DAB stations are autotuned by name so are easy to browse through and tune in. The other features include a timer and presets for mixed DAB and FM stations.
Sound quality is excellent from a very good mono speaker (stereo output via a 3.5mm jack only) which has a good clear sound with good bass from such a small unit. The volume does not go very loud but it is more than adequate for indoors and outdoors.
I am very impressed by this unit which also takes C size batteries if you want. It has an extendable uni-directional aerial and I get good reception wherever I have tried indoors and whilst camping in the UK.
A geeat little radio that really is worth the money and gives DAB a good name.
The Pure One DAB radio is a true trend setter for modern-day radio systems. Having released this system at the outside of digital radio stations, it is every bit as good today as it was back then.
It is true that the Pure One does not have a number of the typical functions associated with modern day clock radios. There is no alarm system, the clock is not easily visible and it will not sync with your iPod. The beauty of the system is that it does not need any of these functions to be great. Its positives are in the simplicity and practicality of the design.
Operationally, the radio is very simple. You can play DAB or FM radio, preset stations and listen to the full spectrum of both ranges. In terms of practicality, the radio is even better. You have the option of plugging it into the mains or using C-size batteries. When we did the latter, we were surprised by the fact that the radio would easily work a week of 9-5 on a set of batteries before giving up.
The last positive of this radio is its robustness. Having redone our entire house while owning the radio has meant that it has received more than its fair share of being knocked about, hit, dropped and paint splattered all over it, giving it a very distinct look. None of this has affected the radio's performance in any way. All parts of the radio work just as well today as they did when we first got it a long time ago.
If you are in the market for a top quality DAB radio for the purpose of listening to the radio and nothing else, this is the perfect option for you. If, however, you want it to have alarms, colour settings, shine the time onto your ceiling or make you a coffee, then there are other options on the market to suit your needs.
For me its the stations that are important, not the technology inside the radio, but some of my favourites like BBC Radio 6 and 7 aren't on FM so I needed to invest in a DAB, mostly for listening in the kitchen and bedroom. I did the usual internet trawl for reviews and the Pure One got consistently good reports, I liked the design (mine is an unobtrusive black) and best of all they're a reasonable price compared to many DAB sets (though still horribly expensive compared to FM only sets).
I've been very happy with the performance of the set - sound quality is good for the environments I use it in (don't need and wouldn't appreciate hi-fi as background in the kitchen). Controls are mostly fairly straightforward although most functions involve a two-stage process of presing a button then turning a dial. Most operations are obvious although I find it hard to remember how the 'revu' (pause and rewind) works - I thought this would be a really useful function when buying the radio but in fact I hardly ever use it - if I did use it more then no doubt I'd find controlling it easier.
I don't find it as portable as I'd anticipated either. With the aerial neatly folded its light and easy to pick up in one hand, but DAB radios are notoriously power hungry and to use it with batteries rather than mains power needs no less than 6 C size, or alternatively Pure's own rechargeable battery pack which seems unjustifyably expensive to me - apparently ordinary rechargeables, assuming you had 6 size Cs, just aren't up to the job. So my original plan of carrting it between kitchen and bedroom as needed didn't work out, and I had to buy a second DAB - and yes, I chose another Pure One because the plus points far outweighed the minor negatives.
I wanted a radio for my kitchen and decided that I would bite the bullet and buy a DAB digital one. After looking at what was available and the ridiculously high prices of some of them, I opted for the Pure One black model.
The sound quality is absolutely amazing and I have never had a problem with picking up a signal. I like the way it shows you which station is playing and information about the programme (where available). It is very easy to tune and you don't need to remember frequencies to find the station you are looking for because they are listed alphabetically and you just turn the dial to scroll through them then click the button to listen.
The only gripe I have with this radio is that it sometimes switches itself off and back on again. It doesn't happen very often and I have got used to it now!
I received this radio for Christmas a few years ago and I still use it on a daily basis and it is as good as new so it must be pretty good!! I like that it has an analogue radio as well as the digital as I find that there are some radio stations that broadcast different shows on digital and analogue - for example I listen to the local BBC football commentry, but another team is on the digital broadcast, so I need the analogue. I find it really easy to use and I think it is a great radio. However I do wish it was easier to use it with batteries. It comes with a plug, and if you want a battery you have to buy one which is quite expensive. I know I should just get one but I feel it is a lot of money to spend on a radio! Other than the mobility issue, however, I think this radio is a sound investment as it has great sound quality, is reliable and is easy to use. One final point is that I wish it had a remote control!
This is a DAB and FM portable radio that comes in a variety of colours to match your decor (or in my case your quirky tastes - mine is hot pink!). This was my first DAB radio and I was very impressed by its reception and sound quality. It is easy to program, easy to browse and switch the stations. The central dial allows you select all functions depending on which of the buttons around the side you pick, not a steep learning curve at all.
Only things I don't like about is that I have since moved to a different digital area, and I can't seem to get it to 'forget' the stations that it used to be able to pick up and now can't, and that you have to purchase a specific battery pack if you don't want to connect it to the mains, and that battery pack is quite expensive.
Nevertheless, if you are going to have this in a static place like a kitchen or office, I heartily recommend this for a cheap but good DAB radio.
I work in a small office with only 15 people in the building at any one time, I love music and our commercial manager has a radio in his office, so I decided I wanted one too, it makes the day go quicker listening to it, so thought as my birthday was coming up I'd ask my other half for one.
We went to Curry's and Comets and saw the Pure One Digital DAB Radio, I also saw the smaller radio in the same range the Pure One Mini Digital DAB Radio, originally I liked the Pure One, but thought the price was a bit excessive for a radio at £59.99 in Curry's and Comet's, I thought this was a bit steep for a radio for work so I looked at the next model down, the Pure One Mini, it was priced at £44.99 again in both Curry's and Comets. I opted for the smaller, cheaper one, and told my boyfriend that would do fine.
About a week later I was passing HMV and saw the Pure One DAB radio (I didn't even know they sold radios), out of curiosity I went in to look and found they were selling them for a lot cheaper the large radio (Pure One) was £39.99 and the smaller one I was going to settle for was only £29.99 a large difference in price.
I text my boyfriend and told him to look around and especially in HMV, which he did and low and behold on my birthday I opened the Pure One Digital DAB Radio. In white, that bit is important. You can get them in white, black and electric pink.
The radio now sits proudly in my office, it is 21 cm in length, 15 cm in height and 7 cm in depth. It is a DAB and FM radio. It comes with a mains lead for plugging it in and also space for 6 .... batteries. You can also buy a Charge PAK to use but I don't need this so I haven't got it.
You can pause and rewind live radio, which is cool (Sky Plus of the radio world), it has adjustable bass and treble for all you beat junkies. It also has the basics like a clock, alarm, a sleep function and a kitchen timer too. There are 30 available presets, I am using the grand amount of one. Capital FM, although when I get round to it I will store some more. There is an MP Port and headphone socket.
The Pure One Classic comes with a two year warrantee, well that's what it says on the box. It is also energy saving recommended.
In the box you get the radio, and mains cable as well as the manual and a Pure Range leaflet/brochure. The aerial is so long, it's actually quite funny, but does the job so I can't complain, I have mine leaning against the wall but standing free is could look a little odd.
So far I love this radio, it's great, nice looking, get quality and a good size. My only moan would be if someone drives past my office from outside it can interfere and go fuzzy for about 30 seconds but it doesn't last long. If you worked near a road it could perhaps be a pain, I'm lucky my office is off-road.
I was not entirely convinced that digital radio would make any difference to the quality of transmission - but that was before I got this DAb radio as a present! The biggest difference has to be radio five live, as the reception is now perfect. I do not know if anyone else had the same problem with it that i used to have which was a hum or buzzing noise when the central heating came on in my house, but there is none of that now. The reception is perfect and I would definitely recommend digital radio for this.
This particular DAB radio is very stylish and sleek, the black chrome looks great.
This radio is very easy to use, as I just turned it on and it picked up the channels and away I went. The only disappointment was that there are not more digital channels to listen to at the minute, but I am sure, like television, that more will eventually come. To change channel you just push a button and to turn it up you twist a knob - easy.
Very reliable, as it has stored the channels and so far is always working.
- Introduction -
I bought the white Pure One (or Pure Digital One) DAB radio for my mum for Christmas last year, as the small radio she used in the kitchen before 'going digital', offered a pretty rotten reception.
Its been used quite a fair bit throughout the year and from what I've heard/seen, the overall opinion of this product has been really quite high. I originally bought this on Amazon UK as I say about a year or so ago as the customer reviews of this particular product/model all seemed very complimentary and I would have to agree with most of what they said. Its not the cheapest of the cheap but its certainly not overly expensive, I seem to remember paying about £40 for it, compared to around £20-£30 being the price of the cheapest ones around, yet its simple to use and has some pretty neat functions.
- The Basics/Background -
First of all, Pure are specialists in digital audio devices. Their website proudly proclaims that "PURE is the UK consumer electronics company that started the DAB digital radio revolution, and now dominates that market worldwide, consistently delivering products with an acclaimed mix of high performance and ease of use." (taken from the 'about' section of the official Pure website, see:- http://www.pure.com/about/), so its nice to know that the product is made by a company who, to put it basically, know what their doing (not that others dont but its always nice to buy products from companies that specialise in that product type, you know they are particularly knowledgable about making the best quality possible for such items).
Now the main reason why someone would buy this is, incase your not already aware, it offers not only FM radio but moreso its a DAB radio. What does DAB stand for, I hear you say? well, DAB stands for Digial Audio Broadcasting and it basically means your getting the radio equivalent of Freeview on your TV. DAB, or digital radio, offers more radio channels than you get on bog standard analogue (AM/FM) radio and the sound quality is alot clearer and thus better, although be aware that, also like Freeview, you may not be able to receive all the stations everywhere, the signal may be weak in some areas that are a long way away from the DAB radio transmitters.
Some of the channels that are available on the DAB platform include BBC6, BBC7, 1 Xtra, Capital Life, Planet Rock, BBC Asian Network and so on.
- What Does It Look Like, Style Wise? -
The radio itself has a gloss finish with the knob and buttons being chrome/silver looking. The gloss finish is perhaps a little much but the radio I bought is in white (to go with the kitchen colours lol though you can also get it in black or pink(!)) and so its not so noticeable, it depends on your taste whether you like that so much.
- Is It Easy To Work & What Features Does It Have? -
Yes it seems very easy to use. There's a big knob on the right of the unit which you turn to tune it and when its set to digital radio (you can listen to either digital DAB or FM radio) and you turn the knob, it'll automatically search for the next available channel.
The display screen above the knob shows quite alot of useful details and when you turn the knob, it automatically switches a nice white backlight on the display screen, so that you can easily read what it says. The screen tells you the time, the strength of the radio signal and the name of the channel you have it tuned to. It also has 'now playing' information, where the information is available anyway, which will tell you in a marquee effect (scrolling along from right to left on the bottom of the screen) the name of the show that your listening to and it sometimes even tells you the name of the track being played, which is very handy if you want to know what that great catchy new song is or what the funny game show or comedy show is, so you can recommend it to your friends and family. The backlight I think is one of the best features of this item actually, its not too bright and garish but yet it really effectively lights up the screen and makes it very easy to read quickly, so I'm impressed with that.
Around the knob are various other, small silver buttons. These allow you to do more basic things, including adjusting the volume, select a preset channel (this product allows for up to 20 preset stations), switch between DAB and FM, scroll through a list of all available stations, access the menu (for adjusting the time etc.), set up or adjust a timer (like a sleep timer, so that you can set it to switch on automatically at a certain time) and so on.
The buttons are smaller than the main knob but their not overly fiddly to use I think, with decent spacing between them so you shouldn't accidentally press two by mistake, like with small mobile phones and the like.
- Whats The Sound Quality Like? -
Not bad at all, considering the price. For music, its not the best of the best, neither it is appalling, its pretty middle of the road stuff really. My parents were saying recently, after bringing it through to the living room to listen to instead of our old hi-fi as that only has FM radio and the reception was breaking up badly, that the sound quality is good enough to listen to on high-ish volume around the whole (average size) living room as a replacement for the hi-fi radio, its just when music tracks are played that you can hear the quality isn't as good as obviously a larger hi-fi would give you, with proper speakers etc. which should be expected.
Considering its only an average size and its not meant to be a hi-fi replacement, I was quite impressed that they were able to use it to listen to Radio 4 in good quality with it sounding pretty close to the hi-fi, though I certainly wouldn't say you can throw out a hi-fi with £100s worth of sound equipment to use this instead of course and its not the best of the best for playing music tracks at high volume, where it can sound a bit tinny but for its size and purpose, it does pretty admirably I thought.
- How Portable Is It? -
Not as portable as you might like it to be. It can be powered by, obviously, mains adapter, which is included when you buy it but it can also be powered by batteries. Great, thats very portable I hear you say, right? well, kind of. Unfortunately it requires 6 c cell batteries, which aren't the kind of batteries your likely to have on you. However all is not lost, as you can purchase a separate item called the ChargePAK, which is a long rectangular item that connects to the radio. When its connected to the radio and thats connected to the mains, it automatically charges the ChargePAK and once thats fully charged, you can take the radio with the ChargePAK wherever you like and it works like batteries. It apparently offers up to 35 hours of use with a fully charged ChargePAK, which certainly isn't bad. However, the main downside to this ChargePAK, in my eyes anyway, is the price, which comes in at a not so cheap £25-£30! add that to the £40-£50 price tag for the radio and it suddenly doesn't seem all that cheap, well either its not all that portable if you don't get the ChargePAK or its not all that cheap if you do buy it, or shell out for the c cell batteries... so that, to me, is a fair downside to it.
However, if your simply wanting it to replace your old, small FM radio in your kitchen or bedroom and you'll only really need it powered by the mains, then this does very well. Its easy to use, you don't need to be a 'techy' or geek to figure out how to use it and it has some pretty nifty features, like the cool backlight and the channel and programme/song information.
- Conclusions -
I think, all in all, it depends on what your looking for, if you want a fully portable digital radio, this might not be the best available option but as a mains powered radio used, like I say, in a bedroom or kitchen, I think this is a very capable and good radio, so I would recommend it. I'm happy with my purchase, the one I bought gets used particularly on Sunday mornings by my parents, they enjoy taking it out to the conservatory and listening to the radio and then moving it through to the kitchen and possibly the living room later on. Its not so large that its too much of a hassle to move from room to room, so long as you can plug it into the mains, so I suppose it isn't entirely non portable, though it isn't the most portable of items either. The sound quality is perfectly acceptable given the size of it and the quality of digital broadcast we get is alot better than the dodgy FM signal we get in the kitchen, I know that much!
If your unsure, I would recommend that you search for more information online about DAB reception in your area, if its like Freeview I imagine you can enter your postcode somewhere and it'll list the channels/stations you should be able to receive in your area and you can decide if its worth it for you. Also I would recommend that you extend the ariel quite high to give you the better chance of receiving stations.
I would recommend this radio, I think this item has been quite a hit in my household and I dont regret having bought it for my mum. I know its been used a fair bit and the DAB reception is alot better in the kitchen than the old FM radio reception ever was, so its an improvement for my ears when im in the kitchen on a Sunday morning and for that im grateful!
Thanks for reading my review and for all r/r/c's. I'll probably post this review over at Ciao UK later today under my name there which is the same name (IzzyS).
The Pure Digital One was my first venture out in the DAB market. I've owned this product for well over 18 months now and i can honestly say there, there are very few negative points about it...
As with all Digital recievers be it Radio or TV, ensure your in an area that accepts a digital signal. There are many websites online that will can give you a breakdown of the stations your likely to pick up in your area via your post code check. Alternatively as with myself, high street electrical stores selling these products can also check if your in a strong signal area too, before you buy.
Now where i live isn't particularly a great digital area. For example i cannot get a signal for digital TV and when trying out a relatives DAB radio in my home to decide if one would benefit me, i could only get signal strength for only a handful of channels..... However, why i chose to go out and buy a DAB radio regardless, was because i could pick up a station on DAB that i struggled to get a good signal on my analogue set up.
To my surprise the first time i switched the Pure One on and tuned it into its digital frequency it found a lot more stations than my borrowed relatives DAB device, so for me it was a total added bonus.
Infact since owning the Pure One, as purely an experiment, i've tried a couple of other DAB radios of friends in my home, and still the Pure One seems to find me more channels, this is with or without the aerial extended!
Now for the product itself......
Firstly the Pure One is available in different colours. To my knowledge you can choose between a Black, White or a very disturbing shade of Pink unit!!
Its small, lightweight and very compact as a device. You've a nice sized speaker to the left of the unit. On the right are your main tuner/volume dial, seven smaller buttons to access settings, a small 2.5inch display screen and your power button in the bottom right hand corner. There is also a USB connection on the unit, incase you wish to upgrade the firmware via your PC and a headphone socket too..
On the reverse side of the radio, lies the mains power adaptor connection and it houses a battery compartment too. I will make a point here of saying, that DAB radios in general guzzle batteries, so if your thinking of going portable with this radio, then i'd advise buying some rechargeable batteries (6x R14). However you can always purchase Pures own "Chargepak" which is a battery pack that will recharge itself within the device itself and give you around 20hrs of usage per charge.
As soon as your powered up with either batteries or mains connection and extended the aerial, away you go!!
The set up is very easy and straight forward. It will autotune itself on first power up, although sometimes it pays to run the autotune again, especially when your deciding where to place this product in your home. Sometimes the unit placement can also dictate the signal and how many stations you can pick up, from one room to the next.
Sound wise, despite only having one speaker, its more than enough, the clarity of sound is good and the volume strength is reasonable too...
The middle tuning/volume dial is always going to be the main focus of using this radio. Its well designed and comfortable to use. Via pressing the smaller buttons surrounding it the main dial, gives you the additional options which includes switching the unit into FM frequency mode, setting station presets, a timer mode, adjusting the display information and appearance of your small display screen.
The display screen itself is small, but for me its fine, but for an elderly person or someone with a visual impairment, it may not be easy on the eyes. The backlight when your scrolling through stations and information is quite clear, but ultimately you get the feeling if screen was another inch wider and taller, it would of been perfect.
However the screen, does present all the information you need. It displays the time, radio station, scrolling text, signal strength and a power gauge which is handy when using batteries...
Equally, altougth this unit is sturdy, it does give the appearance of a very plastic looking piece of kit. However, i'd advise anyone to see beyond the design, because the device does its job and does it well....
For an entry level device the Pure One gets my recommendation. It is a very basic DAB radio, more expensive models have the ability to record and playback programmes, their screens are bigger in size and display more text... But for the price and the fact its so portable either inside or outside the home too, with the option for battery usage, then you can't go far wrong......