Digital radio specialists Pure have refreshed their line-up of digital radios this morning, announcing the new Evoke D4 – the 4th generation of what they claim is one of the world's most iconic digital radios. The D4 comes in two…
Towards the upper end of the digital radio spectrum, PURE has just launched in with the Elan II DAB/FM radio.
The best thing about this radio is that you can pause and rewind it. Well, not everything – but it is capable of storing and then playing back certain broadcasts such as traffic reports or sports results. Intellitext and textSCAN, enable users to pause and control the scrolling text.
The modern tech is cased in a cute little retro body that mimics old-style cassette recorders, with its rubberised grip and aluminium fascia, it looks quite sturdy as well – good because PURE mean the Elan to be portable.
As you might also expect from a portable radio, it runs off a battery as well as the mains. Of course the battery life is pretty important: the optional ‘fit and forget’ ChargePAK rechargeable battery, provides they claim, up to 35 hours of portable listening per charge.
There is also an input for an iPod/ MP3 player, an alarm and kitchen timer and 30 DAB and FM presets, with digital amplifiers and custom-wound 3″ speakers, produces nice quality sound.
Dinky. Like PURE’s other products, it’s also eco-friendly.
£99.99 from PURE
A DAB/FM radio’s not very exciting no matter what fun features you pack it out with. Does the injection of bright and bold colours make this breed of radio any more exciting – well, no not really, but it helps. More importantly, does the inclusion of a couple of chilli’s in the product image make it any more appealing? This was perhaps the motive behind Pure’s Evoke Mio with its chilli, chocolate, moss, candy and midnight hues (moss sounds really attractive), with a two-tone leather and cream suede effect finish.
This cute and curvy audio device is better known as the Cubo from Sonoro. Apparently it’s a combination of “acoustic excellence and sleek design” delivering an “unrivalled clarity of sound” with its CD player, DAB and FM radio offerings. When you’ve had enough of the radio or you’re sick of listening to the same albums, there’s also audio input for your iPod or MP3 player.
According to Pure, the high performance Avanti Flow is the “ultimate next generation digital audio system”. Following on from the rather retro Evoke Flow, the Avanti Flow more-or-less offers the same audio options – internet radio stations, DAB digital radio, FM, media streaming from your PC, podcasts – except the Avanti comes with added iPod dock. The Avanti has also been designed with being the main home audio system in mind rather than being portable like the Evoke.
Intempo will be launching a rugged and practical little DAB/FM radio to accompany you when DIY-ing or doing some kind of manual labour that requires tuneage to prevent boredom and madness/suicidal thoughts (can you tell ‘m not into DIY?). So if the thought of vandalising your pretty state of the art audio equipment sends you into a hyperventilating state, Intempo’s WorkMate hits the nail on the head. It’s reliable, splash proof, has a rubberised finish and sounds like the perfect DIY buddy to accompany you while slaving away.
The latest radio from Pure to get in on the DAB radio action is the Pure One Classic. So, what’s the second generation version of what Pure modestly calls “the world’s most successful DAB radio” got to offer? For a start it comes in DAB+ format and you’ll also be able to pause and rewind live DAB radio with the ReVu tool. The One Classic now includes an input for an iPod or MP3 player, has 30 station presets, adjustable bass and treble settings and improved battery life. Extended battery life only applies if you opt for the additional rechargeable fit-and-forget ChargePAK (£29.99) – up to 40 hours of portable listening per charge.
Those radio manufacturers over at Pure have been providing us with nicely designed, quality sounding radios for a while now (give or take a few ugly ducklings). The latest radio to join the group is the retro looking Evoke Flow DAB digital radio. Not only is it a rather dashing piece of radio equipment, it also comes packed with WiFi technology (a first for Pure), and works in conjunction with a new web portal – Pure Lounge – following closely in the footsteps of the Radiopaq Rp5.
Radiopaq announced their internet radio hardware last week, and I’ve had a bit of a nosy round the kit itself. The radio will duplicate your favourites you arrange on the Radiopaq online portal, allowing you to start listening at your desk and resume at home with your radio. Genius.
Radiopaq reckon they’ve harnessed the Power of Radio today, with the launch of the Rp5. It’s an all singing, all dancing internet, DAB and FM radio, which allows you to pause, rewind and fast forward programmes. They’re pushing the search feature, since previous internet radios have been a navigational nightmare.
If you happen to be passing through Trafalgar Square on Sunday, don’t be alarmed at what might appear to be a bunch of crazy escaped psychiatric patients dancing to absolute nothingness. What you’ll be witnessing – or participating in if this sounds like your thing – is a dance party without audible music held by Jazzie B of BBC London’s 94.9 Soul II Soul.
Roberts is definitely going to score some major green points with their latest eco-friendly effort – the solarDAB. Not only is it the world’s first solar-powered digital radio, but unlike a lot of solar-powered gadgetry, it doesn’t need to be in the sun to provide your radio with juice – Marconi would be so proud.