Product Type: Pure tuners
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A truly great invention
Pure Digital The Bug
Member Name: bunbun2
Pure Digital The Bug
Advantages: Design, layout, timed recording, pause live radio
Disadvantages: rocker switch and menus a bit clunky
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!
Summary: A great DAB radio, it sets the standard
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