Written on: 26/05/2004 by helen highwater (4 reviews written)
Nice design, nice build, nice sound, lots of stations
a little complex
can't get station name and time together on the display
can't set the alarm to radio then tone
This Pure Digital Tempus-1 is a very nice dab digital radio. The sound is crisp and clear and the cunning "bass reflex" system gives added realism to speech and music. It's easy to set up and operate with a consistent menu system if you are used to these things, but for the average person who's used to a dial-tune Roberts portable, a challenge too far.
Once set up, it's reasonably easy to operate - one knob for volume and one to click between stations. A few presets, menu and sleep complete the controls. You need a "shift" button for presets beyond 5 which is just too fiddly.
I'd like to set the alarm so that the radio comes on first and then the alarm tone 5 minutes later. Won't do that - you have to have the radio or the tone.
The display can be set to give lots of tekkie info but for those of us who want the name of the station and the time - sorry, no can do. One or the other. Sorry, but that is plain stupid design.
The cost - around £120 is far too high for something put together from a handfull of chips in China - it should be nearer £50. But, it is a delight to listen to - and that's after all what it's for....
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