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Specification for Pure Digital Tempus-1

Main Features
Portable Non Portable
Main characteristics
Tuning: Digital
Display: LCD
Type: DAB
Technical Features
Power Source: AC Adapter
Sound Features: Built-in Speaker
Other
Height: 17.5 cm
Width: 21 cm
Depth: 11 cm

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Pure Tempus 1”

Written on: 16/07/2014 by triumpht (2 reviews written)

Well, where to start. These Pure radios really poorly built! I also have a Techniks DAB from Tesco and did a side by side comparison, and compared to the Techniks, the Pure is VERY cheaply made, I would say shoddy! The aerial lead is not terminated with a plug, the Techniks is. There are other things which annoy me about the Pure, difficulty in removing the panels from the outer case! To sum up, would I buy one? A resounding NO!!! They are overpriced and very short lived!! Spend your money… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Designed to fail?”

Written on: 30/12/2013 by Auntypure (1 review written)

Had a pure dab, evoke one. Lasted about 5 years then it suffered a loss of software meaning it was useless. Pure admitted that they could not repair it, offered a pathetic discount on a new one. Refused to confirm that they would be able to repair this one in the future either! So, it went to landfill. We bought a second hand Crown DAB via ebay. This is a much better radio, more sensitive, better sound and has been utterly reliable for 3 years. It cost £12, that's value unlike Pure. The… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Maximum 5 years of Life - don't buy Pure”

Written on: 21/11/2013

I thought Pure was a good name in DAB radios, it was certainly not the cheapest at the time I bought my Tempus-1. I have owned it for 5 years with only modest use in that time and the blue display no longer lights up - unfortunately that means the time doesn't show and nor do any of the stations. Judging by other similar reviews this is clearly a design fault which Pure are not taking responsibility for. Unfortunately before this problem manifested I bought another Pure DAB for the kitchen, the… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Worst value for money ever”

Written on: 16/05/2013

Great functionality, easy to use, nice sound quality. After 5 years the OLED screen is on the way out and it switches itself on randomly during the night. I asked about repair and they said they couldn't and offered me and offensive 20-30% off another really expensive and unreliable radio. I spent £100 in good faith and bought an additional speaker for another £30. Very upset, will actively avoid anything Pure, wish I'd never recommended to anyone - I have a number of friends who have… Read Full Review

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Jaynelingard's Comment

Written on: 10/07/2013

I am just struggling to try to get my PURE Tempus 1xt working. After around 5 years when I loved using the radio, it now loses its presets and sometimes the alarm works and sometimes it doesn't - completely unreliable. At first I thought it was something to do with power cust but having contacted PURE, it seems it is some form of radio dementia.

I also was offered a discount to buy another PURE radio. I'm really not impressed - this is built in obsolescence with a vengeance. What am I supposed to do this this great lump of stuff if I buy a new one - send it for landfill? To the charity shop with a label on saying "you can listen to the radio but you have to tune it every time you turn it on, and don't rely on the alarm" ???

It should be illegal to trade in this way - PURE - sort this out

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“Pure Tempus ”

Written on: 01/04/2013 by DavidHJ (1 review written)

Dire. Has only lasted a couple of years then the software crashed. Very poor value for money; it cost over a £100. We also bought a Pure CD radio for the kichen, it has a ribbon style aerial. Reception is very variable. It also cost £100. No more Pure in this household: the brand is now toxic in my opinion… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Appalling build quality”

Written on: 11/02/2013 by mstclair68 (1 review written)

The aerial doesn't stay up. the display has gone dark. The volume control doesn't work. This radio is ideal if you never use it. If, however, you have the temerity to switch it on and listen to it then it will start to break up immediately. DAB stole a march in the DAB world by producing expensive products early on. Never buy one because it will give you endless frustration and regrets that you wasted your money. Funnily enough the advanced digital optical output is still working and I have it… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Disappointing short life span.”

Written on: 16/09/2012

I received the Pure Tempus 1 radio as a gift about 5 years ago and was really pleased with the sound and look of it and the ease of use. However the screen has now frozen on the blue back light with no stations showing, no sound and nothing works when any of the buttons are pressed. This is so disappointing as I would have thought that something this expensive would work for years and years - not just five! I won't be buying another one as this is the second pure radio I've had problems with… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Buyer Beware!”

Written on: 31/12/2011

I suspect as with many people, when making a purchase, I generally make my decision based on price, maybe vendor's/seller's reputation & good Vs bad reviews etc. So if the bad reviews seem like just a few isolated cases or just a few unlucky people, I usually take a punt & go ahead with the purchase. A big mistake in this case. What I would urge people to do, before purchasing a Pure DAB radio, is to really read all the forums regarding the problems & also to pay particular attention to reviews… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Blue Screen Of Death after 6 years”

Written on: 04/12/2011

3 years old kept 'getting time' upgraded firmware (but only worked with XP PROFESSIONAL ON AN INTEL MOTHERBOARD all other OS and MOBO's failed also seemed to need usb 1.1 not usb 2.0) prob solved..........eventually . 5 years old screen lights up but no characters that's it. Power supply is putting out 18V not the 14.4 it says it should...maybe this has failed and fried it . Looks like I have a beech paperweight. Features were fine and sound was good however both these features are no… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“I woke up one morning and it was dead!”

Written on: 19/11/2011

Upgrade treat for me - I found it a bit complicated to set up but I'm not technical. The last thing I expected was for it to expire after 4-5 years. Meanwhile I'm back to listening to my old clock radio purchased for about £10 from Argos over 17 years ago. Progress!!!!?… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“LCD so dim can't read it”

Written on: 10/08/2011

LCD so dim it can't be read so although the set still works it's about as much use as chocolate teapot!! Pure do not supply spares and won't consider repairing - so they say chuck it and buy another one from them - haha!! So if you are thinking of buying a Pure product bear this in mind. It's a shame 'cos the set is good otherwise… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“Great radio. Ruined by shocking reliability. 2.5...”

Written on: 05/10/2010

Great radio. Ruined by shocking reliability. 2.5 years old and it's bricked. Time to throw a 200 pound radio in the canal. That can't be right can it?

Pure Support were responsive and sympathetic but at the end of the day - I still have to buy a new radio.

Will it be a Pure-3... I doubt it. Take a search online, I am not alone. Buy this radio only if you feel lucky. Pity, because in all other respects it is great… Read Full Review

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“It's interesting that all the positive reviews are...”

Written on: 26/03/2010

It's interesting that all the positive reviews are from people who have only recently bought this Pure Tempus-1 digital radio. We have had this radio for almost 5 years but it has just suddenly stopped working - only a blue light display comes on. I phoned the 'Pure' Customer Service line and was offered a raplacement for £60. All very disappointing and this was originally a replacement 'upgrade' for not one but two 'Evoke' radios which broke down one after the other within warranty. Appalling… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“I have exactly the same problem that many others seem...”

Written on: 16/11/2009 by tcsr205 (21 reviews written)

I have exactly the same problem that many others seem to have. About 50% of the time, when I turn the radio on, it has lost all of its stations and presets. When this happens, and it happens a lot, I have to sit through a 2 minute auto tuning process before then having to manually tune in to the chanel I want. I don't even bother storing presets anymore because they will be gone the next day. Very poor… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“I've had the Tempus 1XT for justover 2 years and there...”

Written on: 27/10/2009 by purlfrost (2 reviews written)

I've had the Tempus 1XT for justover 2 years and there now appears to be several issues with it, which makes it less than useless. It retunes itself, fails to come on at the set alarm time, loses all the radio settings. Very disappointing for a £100.00 radio. Problem is that I also have a Pure Move, which has also failed, but luckely under warranty. I therefore strongly question the build quality from this brand. They've offered me a £60.00 replacement for the Tempus. I told them it would be… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“A fine radio hampered by shocking reliability. I have...”

Written on: 25/10/2009

A fine radio hampered by shocking reliability. I have had two in the space of around 4 months and both went wrong with the same problem, it totally packed and didn't do anything. I found this unacceptable as my mother had one simalar to mine(a pure) that did the same after just over a year. If yours works though it a brilliant radio due to it's fabulous display, excellent sound and good materials used to make the exterior. However due to appaling reliability i could not reccomend one. I now… Read Full Review

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“I bought a Tempus three years ago and it has now...”

Written on: 25/10/2009

I bought a Tempus three years ago and it has now stopped working, just a blue screen. I guess it will be out of warranty, but is a radio that cost so much really 'fit for purpose', especially as it has only been used for about six months of its life? Didn't old transistor radios go on for decades! Very disappointing… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 03/07/2012

I have experienced the above. 3 years old. Blue screen of death. Cant even turn it of in the normal way. Totally dead and a piece of sh*t. Will never buy PURE again.

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“I bought my Pure Digital Tempus-1 radio in October...”

Written on: 12/02/2009 by modou (1 review written)

I bought my Pure Digital Tempus-1 radio in October 2004 and until about 10 days ago it worked perfectly. It is now not working at all. When I switch the radio on at the mains the display lights up but there is no information showing and none of the buttons work, including the standby button so it has to be switched off by the mains. I have emailed PURE telling them that I am aware the radio isn't under warranty any longer but for a radio of this calibre and price it shouldn't just stop… Read Full Review

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Pure Digital Tempus-1

“I think the Pure Digital Tempus-1 is a great radio but...”

Written on: 09/02/2009

I think the Pure Digital Tempus-1 is a great radio but the reliability is poor. I've had it three years and it's started to forget its tunings i.e. the present stations disappear when the set is switched off. Good points are sound quality and its appearance. Also the LCD display has stopped working. Autotune button is too close to the standby button. I'm really disappointed in the PURE brand. I thought I was buying something really excellent - even Which? said so. I won't be buying PURE… Read Full Review

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“ Pure Digital Tempus-1, easy to use. highly priced...”

Written on: 21/01/2009 by jack534386 (1 review written)

Pure Digital Tempus-1, easy to use. highly priced compared to other dab radios. Generally well built… Read Full Review

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