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PURE Highway, In-Car DAB Radio With FM Transmitter (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Pure

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  • Easy to install DAB car radio with 20 DAB and 4 FM presets
  • Play your iPod or MP3 player through your car stereo
  • Pause and rewind live DAB radio
  • Magnetic flexible windscreen mount makes it easy to remove highway from the vehicle
  • DAB scrolling text provides additional programme information

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This product is designed to work with the digital radio standard in the UK only. The digital radio is not suitable for use outside of the UK. For all warranty claims, the product must be returned to the manufacturer in the UK, at the sender's cost.


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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.2 x 7 cm ; 154 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 898 g
  • Item model number: VL-61440
  • ASIN: B0012GLXMU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Highway is a unique, easy to fit in-car digital radio that also enables you to listen to your iPod/MP3 player. Powered from the in-car power socket, Highway receives digital radio stations and transmits them to your car radio on a free FM frequency.

Box Contains

  • Highway radio
  • 12-24v in-car power adapter
  • Flexible windscreen mount
  • Windscreen aerial
  • Owners manual
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.6 out of 5 stars

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    220 of 223 people found the following review helpful By D. Bennett on 11 Oct 2011
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    After 3yrs of use, I have so many comments to make.
    The Pure Highway enables you to listen to DAB radio stations on your standard FM car radio.
    It can also be used as a personal DAB radio, using headphones (not supplied) as found on many modern mobile phones. You need to put AA batteries in the unit for it to work.
    From my experience, this 'personal' DAB function tends to eat batteries, so you will need high capacity ones, which are rather expensive.
    OK for listening to DAB whilst out walking, but not a substitute for home DAB. It would be far cheaper in the long-term to get a basic DAB radio for home use costing £25 or so.
    Now to the 'car' use.
    The highway uses 'vacant' FM channels to transmit the received DAB signal to your car radio. I am a taxi-driver in Cardiff, and use the Highway to receive Talk Sport (not so good on AM), and Planet Rock (only available on DAB).
    The Highway searches for 'vacant' frequencies on FM to send the signal to your car radio. In Cardiff there are very few 'vacant' frequencies, and the ones found by the unit often have 'bleed-over' from the existing FM stations. There also seems to be a problem in this area with local 'rogue' FM stations only transmitting at certain times. I suspect that they are transmitting at low levels illegally, and blocking up the 'available' frequencies. This results in a 'fuzzing' of the reception. The only way around this is to keep 'retuning' the unit. Rather frustrating.
    A common fault with this unit is the car power lead. It is far too flimsy, and I have got through two of them. After much use the wires inside fracture, and break the power connection. Also, the connection to the unit is NOT designed for unplugging every time you leave the vehicle.
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    151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 11 Feb 2008
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    What I love about this...

    Its really easy to set up. Once you get the aerial sorted you literally just plug it in and away you go

    Its really cheap. Cheaper than most equivalent quality portable DAB radios and definitely cheaper than getting a DAB radio fitted in the car

    Its easy to use, same as usual with Pure products

    The sound quality is great. I've had no probs with DAB reception so far, although I've not been out of town with it yet

    Its easy to find a interference free FM channel for it to transmit on as it hunts for a free one rather than you having to do it yourself. It also transmits using RDS so I'm hoping I won't have to get it to find another if I move into another area (not sure about this though)

    You can pause rewind live radio which is a bonus as well

    There is one minor annoyance though. As a reviewer has said before, you have to have the Highway pluged into the cigarette lighter to get it to transmit on FM (although I think it will work whilst plugged into my PC as well) this means you have to have the trailing wire between the unit and the lighter which is a bit irritating.

    All in all however its a great unit and I am really pleased that I can finally get DAB in my car without having to spend a fortune.
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    92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Dale A. Haines VINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2011
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    My previous experience with DAB has not been good. That was with two different portable DAB receivers which, living where I do in a valley in Kent, both proved to be worse than useless.
    I had no belief that in-car DAB would be any better because of the inherent limitations with the frequencies of transmission combined with the fact that you'll be in motion, but since I'd won a Highway in a competition, who was I to complain?
    Much to my surprise the Highway works way, way better than I would have expected. Not least of which was considering the on-windscreen antenna which, although apparently amplified didn't look much more than a common "J pole" style of antenna well smaller than the optimal dimensions I would have expected (I have been a communications engineer all my life).
    I installed my unit in my Vauxhall Zafira with the antenna on the left side of the windscreen while the car was parked on my driveway which, even on normal VHF FM means fairly poor reception.
    The installation and set up procedure is a bit longwinded and if your car, like mine, doesn't power the accessory (cigar lighter) socket on standby then you'll need to turn on the ignition when you are parked. This is a bit of a pain but that's a Vauxhall design not the radio's fault.
    After the Highway had gone through it's auto-set up and I'd found it's FM transmit frequency on my radio, my main listening stations of Radio 4, Classic FM, Absolute and XFM were all far better than on my normal radio.
    The most stringent test would be when on the move but yet again the Highway more than surpassed my expectations.
    On a 20 mile journey only once, whilst driving though Orpington high street did I get a case of what they call "Burble" due to poor signal.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Mcalister on 11 Mar 2009
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    I bought a brand new top of the range Mondeo a few months ago but the extreemly expensive factory fit FM radio was just terrible. Ford garage would not replace it under guarantee saying "it sounded OK to them"

    Then I happened across this Pure Highway DAB radio. It looked like it might solve my problem. At a cost of just under £70 I thought I would give it a go. I also bought the mag mount roof aerial as I didn't fancy sticking the supplied windscreen aerial to my smart new Mondeo. The unit is so small and neat that it easily fitted in the small recess beside the handbrake. Again I didn't fancy it stuck on the windscreen and I only ever listen to Classic FM or Radio 2 so having the display in full view was not neccessary. The tiny, very discreet mag mount aerial went easily on the roof in the centre just near the tailgate and the connecting wire was virtually invisible entering the join between the roof and tailgate. Power came from the Mondeo's rear power connector so no unsightly trailing cables. Finally, I was able to hook up to the Aux in jack in the glove compartment with the cable being invisibly routed under the centre console trim, no tools were needed, just pushed the wire under trim by hand. The whole installation took about 15 minutes and is extremly neat and discrete.

    Switch on and it tuned dozens of stations, the quality on Classic FM was gobsmacking! The car was a veritable concert hall on wheels. Driving around the hilly High Wycombe area of Bucks, the signal was rock solid, not a hint of dropout fade or interference. A trip out towards Oxford was just as good.

    This unit is a little marvel and an absolute steal at the price. Thank you Pure for a fantastic piece of kit!
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