Designed by Wayne Hemmingway ( co - founder of Red Or Dead ) this Pure Digital : Bug is absolutely fantastic to look at and works even better.I have had this radio for around 6 or 7 years now (mine is in a silvery grey colour) and it is still going strong.It has lasted 2 complete house renovations , 3 house moves , various building sites and my toddler son.Over the years it has been dropped , bashed , covered in paint , plaster and dust yet keeps on going.I'm ashamed to admit how badly my little Bug has been treated over the years but somehow he has survived.Yes he is a he and known as 'Pure Barry Disco' to family and work colleagues.
In terms of sound quality the audio is delivered crisply and clearly.The speakers themselves reach a good level of volume without any noticeable loss in quality.For a small piece of equipment it really does pack a mighty punch.I also have a small sony ipod docking staion and the sound quality is noticeably better and in my opinion more importantly louder.
The controls are incredibly easy to use and also very hard wearing given the abuse they have suffered at my hands over the years.At first I was concerned the stick control might break leaving me with a rather nice looking but broken radio but everything is incredibly well built to a very high standard.I wouldn't be surprised for it to last another 10 years without any problems.The display is also very well built and certainly made to last.The bendable neck is another fantastically well made feature of this brilliant little radio.Like the stick control I was also worried that it might be a bit flimsy and prone to breakage but I have certainly been proven wrong.
This radio also has some great features.The novelty of being able to pause live radio ( or rewind it if you want to hear a particularly good song again) still hasn't worn off after all of these years.The Pure Digital Bug contains built in memory (sadly I am not sure how much as the manual and box are long gone) which whenever the radio is turned on and tuned to a staion it records continually on something like a half hour loop.Once you have paused the live radio you just need to push left on the control stick to rewind or right to fast forward.You don't need to pause to rewind.Just press left.Pure digital call this
unique ReVuT technology.Or the pause button to me.
There is also a slot for an SD card which will allow you to beef up your Bugs memory.I personally like to fill my sd card with music via my PC . Audio files at 320kps still sound powerful , clear and punchy via the bugs speakers.
The Bug also has a USB port for connecting to your PC and updating firmware as need.
There is also space for 10 pre set stations to be stored for quick one button push access though I tend to just leave it on BBC RADIO 6.
Just realised that I had forgot to mention that the Bug is of course a DAB digital radio which means that every station sounds perfect.It is either tuned or isn't . No more horrible analogue radio sounds of crackling and weak scratchy reception.No more standing to near to your radio and cutting of the signal.DAB is an absolute god send in my opinion and that absolute saviour and future of radio.
A plethora of exciting digital only station awaits you.
Go on and treat yourself.This little Bug won't let you down.
I have many Pure DAB digital radios in my house and have rarely been let down by them. It has really good sound quality which, with 2 speakers will easily fill a large room. It is easy to use and has 10 presets so you don't have to scroll through the entire station list to find your favourite. It picks up signal easily and a aerial is rarely needed.
The silver is a lovely brushed colour and the pause and rewind features are really nice. To be honest the recording feature is a little harder to use and occassionally it just doesn't record a scheduled programme.
It is more expensive than other radios but the design with the flexible head and more stylish colours probably make it worth it. Pure are very reliable and I expect this to last many more years, despite already having had it or 5 years.
This is a review on the Pure digital Bug. I have owned this product for around 3 years now and I have yet to have an issue with it. The only thing I would say is that it is just your basic radio. It is Digital but cannot play CDs but you can plug in an AUX port for MP3 players. The sound is very clear but does not have great bass. The size of this unit is not on the small size. for what it is it could be smaller but I guess others interested in this product like the style of this in its BUG form. This is a great gift for both the younger and older generation. Probably a best bet to get this second hand as I have not had any technical issues with this product whatsoever. Although I must admit I do not use it as much as I used too due to having more up to date products. Still it is great at what it is meant to be.
I feel well qualified to write about this having used mine every day for the last 6 years (holidays away from home excepted). It revolutionised the way I listen to radio, and introduced my to a whole new world of listening.
As you can see from the photo, it's an odd-looking beast. The posable goose-neck display, "compound eye" speaker grilles with their bulging housings all make for a strange effect. When you use it you realise that it's all for a good practical reason. The display can be easily moved making it an ideal kitchen radio for me-I can see it when I'm standing up and sitting down. The central rocker which controls volume, on/off and tuning all in one and is instinctive (though a bit unresponsive, especially when switching off) and its four surrounding controls are neatly and logically set out. You've gone on holiday and taken your Bug? If you're in the UK press autotune and let it find the local stations. You want to know more about the station you're listening to? Press info and you can find the multiplex it's on, the time, or even change the display to a pair of blinking eyes (I do this little) or you can use this button with the electronic programme guide (EPG) to find out more about a programme. Or use the record button to record to sd card-you can play it back any time via the menu-why can't you do this on all DAB radios? Or even better link it with the EPG to set timed recordings (I'd rather have major dental surgery than miss an episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue)-easily done with the Bug.
It can be used as an alarm clock to wake you up, you can set it to come on at different times of the day-it can make the house sound occupied when empty. There are ten memories available, and plenty of choice of stations to fill them with. The ReVu feature allows you to listen back to something you may have missed, a news story for example, or to pause live radio for up to 8 minutes. I use this feature often.
Sound quality is plenty good enough for me, and it comfortably plays loudly enough to generate complaints from elsewhere in the house. I know there is debate about the technical quality of DAB, but I don't have a problem. I mostly listen to Radio 4 and Planet Rock. There is a basic graphic equaliser which allows the user to select from a few presets-this is as much flexibility as I need. It is also possible to attach an external aerial to improve reception where signal strength is marginal.
So what are the disadvantages? Few really. Mine has locked up on first switch on two or three times recently-a swift unplug from the mains and reconnection sorted that out. The rocker is a bit vague, especially on switch off. It does feel as if it won't last, but I've now had it for over six years, so it must be robust enough. The menu and display are a bit clunky by modern standards, and a bigger display would make better use of the EPG. It is used on a hot window sill and hasn't suffered. The chrome plating hasn't worn off, and despite it being cleaned regularly (it lives in the kitchen) neither has the writing.
This is a terrific radio, and I'm not aware of another one which records to sd (or any other) memory card. There is also a headphone socket, USB port, digital out (so I can back up my episodes of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue to minidisc) and analogue line out. I do have to ask, why is there no radio quite like it? I've been thinking that the time will come soon to replace it, but with what? I know of nothing quite like it!
- Does it 'bug' you when you miss your favourite program on the radio?
- Do you sometimes which that you could simply rewind the radio to hear the phone number from that competition?
- Do you want to hear DAB radio in crystal clear quality?
The Bug will definitely not let you down!
- Appearance -
The Bug is available in White, Grey and Black. I personally chose the white version which is extremely attractive. I have not seen any other DAB radio which is so creatively designed and looks so futuristic. The designers were without doubt some very humorous people. Switch on the radio for example and watch how 2 eyes pop up on the device which move and blink!
The display can be positioned in any way thanks to the movable neck and the two speakers on either side produce brilliant sound for their size.
- Usage -
Considering the number of features this radio packs it is very easy to use. We were so impressed with the product that my dad purchased one for my grandpa who could also operate the radio (Of course their were some problems!)
Stations are selected using the circle rocker wheel in the middle which acts as a button when you want to select the station in the list. There are also 6 very handy preset buttons located around the display so you can select your favourite stations with ease.
Always miss the sleep button on those early morning wake-ups? The large silver sleep button on the front means that this will never happen again! The record button is also easy to operate and any recordings can be saved to an inserted SD card - These can be purchased on eBay quite cheaply.
When the radio is turned off the display turns into a digital clock and the display light can be dimmed if it stops you from sleeping - Which it has stopped me in the past.
After an update which was easy to do via USB cable and my computer the product now includes an EPG meaning that you can browse radio shows which are coming up on different stations. - A great feature!
- Disadvantages -
I have come across one problem with this radio, but they really wouldn't stop me purchasing another of these radios:
The circle rocker button feels very 'plasticy' and it can sometimes be difficult to press the button in when you want to select a station.
- Conclusion -
I was recently looking for a similar product as I was disappointed to find that it had become very difficult to find another "Bug". - I am amazed to find that Pure have discontinued this product. They can however be found on eBay. I feel that this product is an amazing product especially considering it wasn't as expensive as some of the modern DAB radios which have fewer features.
My verdict: This DAB radio is ahead of the pack in terms of features and looks. Great product Pure - Bring back The Bug!
The Bug Too
I received this cutie as a birthday present, and have had it for about three years. I am extremely pleased with this product, and it shall remain in my life for a very long time!
It looks like a bug.
I'm not sure why, but whenever I look at it the word Frog comes into my mind, though it might be because the body looks like it's crouching down like a frog does. The entire radio is silver in colour, with the buttons which are a shinier mettalic silver. The body has two speakers on either side, which look like bug eyes.
The head is set on a longish movable silver neck, I'm not sure what the part that makes the neck is called but it looks like an extremely thick wire that is spiralling around. Their is an aerial attached to the back of the body which can be extended very long or very short and folded sideways when you do not need to use it.
The head of the radio, contains a screen which can tell you the time, when you set it up. When you turn the radio on, the screen shows a pair of big eyes opening up as though it is waking up, and when you turn the radio off the opposit happens, the eyes close as though it is sleeping, which is extremely cute, and almost makes you feel as though you have a pet in your room all the time!
The Bug does get very dusty on the back of the body and is visible dust, so you have to dust it once every two days. I think this is one of those products that could go in almost anyone's room. It looks young and hip and funky enough for a teenager's room but it works just as well in adult's room, it is not too out there. Earlier I said almost any room, I think it depends on the colour of your furniture as well, and I think the only colour furniture that it wouldn't go with is the very dark brown wood, but that's just my opinion, others may feel differently.
Its Functions...That I Know Of:
Ok, so even though I've had this for a long time, I haven't read through the entire manual so their may be functions that I do not know of. However, the following functions are the ones I use.
1. Time: Appears nice and big, when the radio is plugged in to the mains and turned on at the mains. It's perfectly safe to leave it on all the time. The time also appears when you turn on digital radio.
2. Alarm: You can set up an alarm to go off at anytime, it is very easy to do so, you don't even need the manual to figure it out.
3. Radio: Digital radio, allows for a lot of radio stations, some stations I'd never even heard of before I got this radio. Although some of these stations no longer run, and when they stop running the radio removes this station from the list of their stations, though this can take a while. One of the things I love about this radio is that you can actually pause and rewind live radio, which is something I've done a million times when I want to listen to asong over and over again!
4. SD Card slot: you can record radio programmes on this. Again this is easy to set up, but you will need to read the manual for this.
5. Movable neck: This enables you to position the screen in such a way that is visible to you wherever you are in your room, hence being able to see the time. It also means that you don't have to keep moving around the body.
The sound quality, in my opinion is fantastic. It has got a number of bars that you can go upto to increase the volume and likewise to decrease it. The speakers are very very good.
The product is not very big or awkward to carry if you needed to move it around. I don't know the exact size, but it is between small and medium sized, easy enough to pick up in one hand. Their is also a place to attach headphones into it at the back. It has to be plugged into the mains, One plug which is big and heavy for a plug, which has a long thin wire that attaches to the back of the radio.
Problems I've come across:
Yes, despite its cuteness, there have been a couple of minor problems.
Firstly, I'm not sure how but I accidentally set the radio so that it turns on the radio at 10pm every night, ocassionally I forget this, and if I've left the volume on very loud from my previous listen, this gives me quite a fright. A fair few times I've come back home late to hear voices chattering in my room, so I enter my room with a frying pan, just in case, only to find my radio is on! The box and the manual now being safely tucked away in the attic...never to be found again, has prevented me from figuring out how to turn this off permanently. So, so long as I make sure I've turned off The Bug at the mains before 10pm everyday, I'm safe from this fright.
Secondly, if for example a station is no longer running, and the digital radi still has it on its list and you go andclick on it, it takes a while to re-direct you to another station. This can be irritating sometimes, but not a major issue.
No, seriously, it really does make for a good footrest, when you have it on a teatable next to an armchair, and you swing your legs over the arm of the chair, and place your feet on the head of The Bug. It is surprisingly comfortable!
A great product, well worth the money. Amazon currently has sellers in their marketplace selling it for £35.
I have the grey version of this DAB radio, and since day 1 I have been nothing but pleased with the radio.
For starters you need to comment on the looks. You either love it or hate it. My intention for this radio was as a radio on bed side table, not for anywhere else, therefore it dind;t need to be flat or stackable. I loved the look, thought it would be a great feature in the bedroom.
As soon as you turn it on it locates a radio station list, so you can scroll through a digital display to find out what you want to listen too. I was slightly disappointed by one thing here, with the fact I listen to Beacon radio, and working in shropshire at the time I wanted the shropshire side, and on the box it said 103.1 and 97.2Fm Beacon logo, so it implied both are available on DAB. Only West Midlands version is available. This no longer bothers me as I work in Staffordshire, but still live in Shropshire. After making complaints I found out this was not a problem of PURE, but more of Beacon radio giving out their 2 radio station logo for DAB instead of the 1. I have seen on DAB radios now they only display the 97.2 logo.
The sound quality out of this radio is brilliant for a small scale radio of this size with in built in speakers, afterall you can't expect cinema quality sound out of small inbuilt speakers.
The radio is also able to be updated through USB. This allows for bugs to be updated and fixed, and new features to be added. I now have the EPG on it, which I have looked at a couple of times, but never felt the need to use.
The radio is pretty good as you can program it to go off at multiple times and on different days. This allows this bedside radio to be set up for your needs for those days.
You can set the radio to come on, or for it to buzz for the alarm, You can also set a time for the radio to turn itself off. My main features are to have radio on all night as I sleep, thus it is on whenever I wake up, but also to have the buzz alarm go off in the morning to wake me up on a weekday, and no alarm on a weekend as thats my time.
The radio has a built in memory for a 5minute recording of sound so you can rewind and relisten to things. There is a built in SD Card reader to allow you to expand the recording time and permanently record shows as MP2 files.
You can also play stored MP3 files from the card through the player, however be careful with the SD Card size. I have had problems with larger cards but the 512MB ones have been fine.
Overall this radio is fantastic, I have loved it even with those 2 minor bugs I mentioned. I have had no problems with the radio itself throughout its numerous years of usage. Its definately worth having, especially as it looks so unique, it certainly is recommended to update the station list everyso often to keep upto date.
UPDATE: In light of recent feedback/Comment. I have been asked about including price information. I got this for a Christmas present a number of years ago, So I don't really know how much it cost, however if my mind servers me right I think they used to be on retail back then for around £120, but be aware this is a number of years ago.
The Bug Too is the second new and improved version of the very popular and successful bug one. Costing around £100, you should expect alot for your money for this DAB Radio. Well you can...
The DAB tuner means you get a wide choice of radio stations to listen to. DAB has wide coverage through out the UK and improves sound aswell. DAB Stations include kids radio station, Capital Disney, LBC 97.3, Capital Gold, Core and much more!
It also has an scrolling text, allowing you to know what song your listening to and who's on-air.
A good feature on this is the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide). It lets you plan what shows to record on the SD Card (see below), automatically turn on when your faveourite show's on. And ofcourse, it lets you see who and whats on!
But EPG is only available on selected stations.
One of the best features of this Radio is the SD Card slot. Allowing you to record Radio and even rewind it! You can set up recordings for your faveourite show's in the programme guide, making sure you never miss it (its like Sky+ but for radio).
The SD Card slot even lets you listen to MP3's you can import by using your PC, allowing you to listen to MP3's on the bug too.
Sound Quality isn't perfect, but is better than FM. It is in stero, so you don't miss a thing at all with this fabulous radio ;-) The Alarm wakes you up, it starts of quite and then gradually gets louder... Or you can choose to wake up to a radio station of your choice.
The clock is displayed clearly in the corner (or you can choose to make the screen a big clock) when listening to the (DAB) radio.
Thanks for reading my review,
NOTE: Find out if you can get DAB Radio at www.getdab.com