Written on: 26/03/2007 by Johnnymachine (2 reviews written)
Good, full sound - not tinny like so many small radios, digital or analogue. Yes, there's only one speaker so it's mono sound, but since you're probably buying this for the kitchen, does this matter much? It goes loud enough and bassy enough for true musical enjoyment when a track you like comes on the radio, though you couldn't party to it! There's a stereo headphone socket, and you can use this to connect up to bigger speakers or a stereo system if you want.
Nice, 'wipe-clean' looks (good for the kitchen), with no controls on the top surface where all the dust and muck collects - my last DAB radio didn't survive its kitchen windowsill location because of this.
You can turn off the DRC (Dynamic Range Control), which gets rid of the extra processing radio stations put in to make themselves sound louder. This in my view is essential if we're going to get away from the over-processed sound of FM and AM, though it can be handy in a noisy environment.
Nice big aerial: reception on DAB and FM is good.
OK, the multi-purpose knob won't suit everybody. I like it, but some will prefer dedicated controls for tuning etc. Having said that, it does default back to Volume after you've used it to change other settings. And there are no dedicated preset buttons - you have to scroll through them - but pressing the knob roughly equals 'enter' on a PC so it's not difficult. The radio is not quite heavy enough, so that pressing buttons can be a tad awkward at first because it rocks backwards, but you soon adopt a fingers-on-top, thumb-based approach which solves this.
When powered from the mains adaptor, the radio doesn't completely switch off, you put it in standby - surprising in these green times - so you have to switch off at the plug. On batteries, though, it switches off.
The kitchen timer is handy and easy to set but could be a bit louder.
Pure One DAB Radio is just what you need in a kitchen radio; great value.
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