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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.

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The D4 comes in two flavours: with bluetooth, and without. So what's different?

The new radios both support DAB and FM - with 15 presets for each standard. Both have a 128x22 pixel OLED display to tell you what's playing, and both come with an infrared remote control.

Similarly both have headphone sockets, and a line-in for plugging in a phone or MP3 player and using the Pure as a speaker.

The D4 with bluetooth though also supports sharing audio via bluetooth - so if you want to wirelessly send audio from your phone or other device, you can do so - and have it come out of the speakers. Great if you want to keep your phone to hand whilst listening to music.

So what's the cost? The D4 will set you back around £130 and the D4 with bluetooth comes in at £150. Not bad if you're looking to upgrade that crappy old FM set you have in the kitchen.

pure-orla-clementine2.jpgIt is London Fashion Week this week so not surprisingly a few rather glam tech items have been popping up.

The latest comes from radio specialist Pure which has unveiled the Evoke Mio Striped Petal Edition a collaboration with noted designer Orla Kiely. It is the fourth time the pair have worked on a digital radio together.

The model, which will retail for £149.99 is finished with a mirror chromed handle, walnut veneered cabinet and cream fascia. It also sports an input for an iPod/ MP3 player, an alarm, 30 presets and a kitchen timer and comes with a rechargeable battery which delivers up to 24 hours of power.

Says Orla Kiely: "Our collaboration with Pure has been so successful to date, it made perfect sense to add a fourth radio to the range. I have a passion for creating quality and functional down-to-earth designs that complement any home interior and the Pure Evoke Mio is the ideal canvas."

More details here.

Pure evoke D2.pngAnother week, another Pure Digital radio, this time the company has unveiled the £84.99 Pure Evoke D2, a digital radio, which judging by the pic is largely aimed at those who want a tranny for their kitchen.

To that ends it is finished in a solid wooden housing and comes in a Walnut veneer finish. It is smaller than a lot of its rivals, so it could moonlight quite happily as bedroom radio too.

Features wise it has a basic spec including an input for an iPod/ MP3 player, an alarm, sleep and snooze timers, 10 presets and a kitchen timer. It is mains operated but there is an optional rechargeable B1 battery pack (£27.99), which Pure claims gives users over 30 hours of portable listening per charge.

Nick Hucker, Pure's director of marketing, says: "Consumers are increasingly looking for fresh and contemporary audio products that fit in with their home interior and size is often a key decision making factor. We are responding to this demand with Evoke D2 and giving customers the option to enjoy the award-winning Evoke features in a smaller footprint while delivering big sound." More here.

pureradio.pngPure has added a top end digital radio to its range in the guise of the Evoke F4. The £179.99 model tunes into both digital and internet radio and can also hook up to Pure's Jongo multiroom music system.

The Evoke F4 can be used on its own or, if users add extra Jongo speakers or adapters, on the same Wi-Fi network as part of a multiroom system. Pure have also added Bluetooth to enable casual streaming from mobile devices.

The radio is compatible with over 15 million music tracks from the Pure Music subscription service and it comes with Pure's tagging technology so that by pressing the tag button a listener can find out the track and artist name.

It accesses content stored on other devices via the Pure Connect app for iPhone, iPad and Android via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Other features included energy efficient Class-D audio amplification, DSP (digital signal processing) loudspeaker correction, equalisation and sound profiling, live internet and digital radio recording to a USB memory stick, instant and timed recordings; touch-sensitive controls; large clear graphical OLED display; multiple alarms; a sleep and kitchen timer; input for an iPod or MP3 player and a headphone socket

It goes on sale in June. More here.

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Feeling patriotic? Need a radio? Roberts have produced a radio with exactly the specifications you need - a union jack case. Oh and 120 hours battery life and DAB and FM receptors and a screen that tells you what station you're listening to.

With the wedding of our beloved prince coming up and the dawning of the 2012 Olympics - you could be excused for feeling the warmth of national pride welling up inside your bosom. Maybe this radio could kick start a collection of union-jack themed knick-knacks.

Specs:
- 120 hours of battery life
- LCD display
- line-in for iPod and MP3 players
- AC power adapter
- Digital and FM stations
- Station name display

A pricey 200GBP from robertsradio.co.uk
Only available in limited quantities

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Ah good - a digital radio for *under £40*. Digital radios are great (who knew there was a BBC Radio 7??) but they are expensive so it's good to see PURE putting out an affordable one as well as their more advanced £100 offerings.

The Siesta Mi is PURE's cheapest bedside digital radio, it's a slimmed down version of the Siesta which they describe as a "the UK's bestselling digital bedside radio", an honour indeed.

The features include the alarm - which can turn on with either digital radio, FM or a tone; a large clear display for the time and what it promises to be punchy radio.

Late-sleepers will be pleased to know it has a snooze function.

As a bedside radio it gets its power from being plugged in to the mains, so won't take batteries and you can't walk around with it..

Still, if you're looking for an digital radio that won't break the bank on you.. check this one out.

Specs:
Radio: Digital and FM. UK products receive DAB/FM; non-UK products receive DAB/DAB+/FM.
Speaker: 1W RMS Full-range 2.5" drive unit.
LCD display: Custom, easy to read LCD.
Controls: Power on/standby, volume +/-, snooze, menu, Source, sleep, two quick-set alarms, preset, tune/select, select +/-.
Connectors: 5V Mini USB power adaptor socket (also for software updates).
Presets: 8 digital radio and 8 FM presets.
Power: 100-240V AC to 5V (800 mA) DC Mini USB external power adapter.
Power consumption: Standby: <1W.
Aerial: Wire aerial attached.
Approvals: CE marked. Compliant with the EMC and Low Voltage Directives (2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC). ETSI EN 300 401 compliant.
Warranty: Comprehensive two year warranty.

Siesta Mi is £39.99 from pure.com


123 pure elan.pngTowards 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. If you press pause, the Elan will stop playing out loud and record up to 30 minutes of any live digital radio broadcast. Pop back after answering the door or taking a phone call, and listen to the end of the radio show. Intellitext and textSCAN enable users to pause and control the scrolling text.

Digital radios have been around for a while now but don't seem to have taken off as much as manufacturers would have hoped.

Therefore it is no surprise that many are creating newer and better versions, such as Ikon's Revo radio, to obtain our interest and encourage us to buy.

We have a look at the latest ones on the market.

Click on the picture below to begin the gallery.

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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 definitely helps. More importantly, does the inclusion of a few chillies in the product image make it any more appealing? Is it wrong that my answer is 'hell yeah'? That's presumably 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.

naf naf sunrise alarm clock.jpgAh November! The month of drizzle, dog poo in leaf piles, and barely a scrap of sunlight. Yes, it's the month where we do loads of link backs to old posts we've done on SAD lights! Just what you need to perk you up!

This Naf Naf LYS Sunrise Effect alarm clock is one to add to the collection. It does all the things a SAD light alarm clock should, producing a light that gradually gets brighter as you near your wake up call. Then it's time for the "progressive alarm" to go off, which gets louder and louder for 6 minutes and offers a choice of sounds, including "nature", or you can use the FM radio.

£39 from Amazon


Loads more lightboxes here:
The Aurora SAD lightbox
Bodyclock Alarm Clock
Lumie Elite Alarm Clock
And don't forget our *hilarious* review of the Philips alarm clock (complete with winning fart gag).

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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.

There are ten tints to choose from. I won't name them, instead you can check out the rainbow coloured offerings after the jump.

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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 a portable device like the Evoke.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Shiny Preview: Radiopaq Rp5

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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.



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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. In particular, they're pushing the search feature, since previous internet radios have been a navigational nightmare.

There's predictive search, allowing the radio to guess what it is you're going for, or you can search by name, genre, country or language. There's a massive podcast directory as well, for those of you with a Russell Brand fetish. And by those of you, I mean me, obviously.

The best bit though, is the fact that you can pause your radio and resume listening on the Radiopaq portal at your computer. It's a bit like time travel, but without Dr Who.

Trafalgar_square.jpgIf 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.

To join in on all the muted fun, silent ravers will have to tune in to BBC London 94.9FM via their mobiles or MP3 players with built-in radio, put in their headphones and make sure they're in Trafalgar Square from 6pm.

Roberts_solar_powered_dab_radio.JPGRoberts 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.

When not directly exposed to sunlight, it is the solar panels and built-in rechargeable batteries that give the solarDAB its energy for up to 27 hours of music listening. It can also run off the mains if you want to reserve its power for when you really need it.

FM radio could be switched off in 2012

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If you haven't embraced the DAB radio revolution, you're not the only one. It seems that take up of the service has been so slow that The Powers That Be have suggested that setting a date for turning off FM radio might hurry people up.

There's arguments over whether DAB radios should be subsidised (they're still more expensive than cheapo FM radios) and who should be responsible for promoting DAB (the BBC has borne the brunt so far). What's certain is that in order to justify the cost, the figure of just 17% of radio listening being digital needs to increase dramatically.

If you are in the market, you can check out a whole load here.

[via The Register]

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