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Pure Evoke-1 DAB Radio

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  • Mains powered
  • Select stations by name
  • DAB - Digital Audio Broadcast
  • Interference-free
  • One touch autotune
  • Easy to use
  • Scrolling digital text display
  • Headphone socket
  • Extension speaker socket
  • Crystal clear DAB sound
  • Read our guide to DAB

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Item model number: VL-60623
  • ASIN: B0000AN4E8
  • Date first available at 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,418 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description Review

The Pure Evoke-1 DAB radio from PURE Digital delivers crystal-clear digital audio along with all the benefits that DAB radio has to offer including fast auto-tuning and 2-line LCD display.

The first thing you notice about the Evoke-1 is how well-built it is. The stylish Maplewood casing with pearlescent white and silver facia is very sturdy and designed to take a few knocks. Although the Evoke-1 looks like a portable radio, it is powered by a mains adapter and features stereo line-out, headphones and external speaker sockets in the back of the unit.

Setting up the radio is so easy, a child could do it. When you first turn on the radio, the player will automatically tune in to any available stations. The Evoke-1 features a green backlit two-line LCD display on the front of the unit which displays the station name as well as additional information sent from the radio station such as current track info and contact details. Selecting a station is very easy, simply turn the tune dial until the station you want appears by name on the screen and then press the tune dial. The six preset buttons come in handy as it can save time switching between favourite stations. The LCD display is used for displaying station frequency details and the date and time. The only bad thing about the LCD screen is that the viewing angle is very small and so is best viewed face-on.

Where DAB radio excels over conventional AM/FM radios is in the quality of the audio, and the Evoke-1 doesn't disappoint. When the signal strength is good, the sound is brilliant. We found that the signal strength varied depending on where we placed the unit--the higher in the house the radio was placed, the better the signal strength. When the signal strength was low, there is some audio distortion-–but this is no fault of the radio. The telescopic antenna can be easily removed and replaced with a more powerful external aerial if you find the signal strength too weak in your area.

The Pure Evoke-1 is a great radio that sounds as good as it looks. The sound output from the internal speaker is superb, and the lack of a second speaker isn't really an issue as the audio-out capabilities enable it to be plugged directly into an external amplifier or hi-fi. Whether you use it in the kitchen, in the study or on your desk as work, the Pure Evoke-1 is a top-quality product that really shows off the benefits of DAB radio. --Martin Snelling

Manufacturer's Description

From PURE Digital, the world’s leading manufacturer of DAB digital radios and tuners comes EVOKE-1, an affordable, portable digital radio that can be enjoyed by everyone. EVOKE-1’s stylish retro design recalls radios of old, but inside is the very latest third-generation DAB digital radio technology, giving you interference-free radio and unique DAB features at an affordable price.

EVOKE-1 features a digital display showing the scrolling track titles, artists’ names and programme details provided by broadcasters. And, being a DAB digital radio, it provides an explosion of choice, with a wide variety of stations to suit every taste and mood.

The stylish, mains-powered EVOKE-1 is the perfect addition to any home or office, delivering highly detailed, digital quality sound without the hiss, crackle and fade of AM/FM broadcasts.

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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Peter Groome on 8 Jan. 2004
This is an excellent radio. It scores very highly in a number of crucial areas, which is enough to recommend it highly. It is not without disappointment though.
Firstly the plus points, and there are plenty of them. The appearance is good; well designed and carefully assembled from pale wood and light metal, so with the fresh and stylish look of it there is an immediate feel-good factor about having the thing in the room. Switch it on, and tuning is done for you, just like that. In a second or two you have everything from Red Dragon to the World Service instantly available to you at your fingertips. Sound good so far? It gets better. In the little green window it tells you what station you're tuned to, and gives a scolling read-through of information about the station, or of what is currently playing. So if you miss the announcer's introduction, the radio will tell you what you're listening to. The controls are faultless. An on-off button, a volume knob, a tuning knob and a few pre-sets. They are all comfortable, pleasant to use and intuitive, so you won't need to refer to the instruction book after an initial glance. The tuning knob deserves special praise. It is dual function; rotate to browse available stations, press it and the radio switches to your new selection. Perfect.
The sound you get from a digital broadcast is clear and free of hiss. No more straining to listen to crackly, hissy signals. No more re-tuning every five minutes as the signal drifts off. No more jumping out of your skin as a distressed sybillant goes off in your ear like a gunshot. Digital radio signals are always clean. And perfect? Well not quite, but I'll come on to that in a minute.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Purple Ferret VINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2004
I spent a while researching and choosing a digital radio, and this was the one I eventually plumped for. I'm glad I did. The Evoke is really a no frills base model DAB receiver which has the emphasis placed firmly towards quality rather than gimics. The sound reproduction is excellent for its size and the build quality superb. The knobs turn with the smoothness of any Roberts radio and the layout, design and operation are all logical and well thought out, and the unit is reassuringly heavy and sturdy.
The down side... well it's only mains powered so I'm not sure it counts as a true "portable", and personally I would like to have had a dimmer on the display (which tends to light the whole room up at night), but that's about it really.
The Evoke was one of the first in the market and it is now available in a variety of packages (you can get versions with additional speakers, different finishes and alarm clocks added etc etc), and with a bit of shopping around you can find some very competitive deals now. Whichever way you cut it you will be able to find cheaper DAB receivers, and ones with more features for the money, but for me... I'll stick with the Evoke any day!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "dc007d5186" on 1 Jan. 2004
I bought this radio for my father (he is 81), and it is quite stunning. It looks good, is very easy to use and sounds superb. Switch it on, and it auto-tunes. This does take a few seconds. Twist the 'Tune' knob to scroll through the stations, and then push in the knob to tune to that station. And Voila! Clear, pure radio. I had to keep on rushing into another room which had one of those ancient AM/FM radios in it to check the difference DAB makes. It was tuned to Radio 5 (I like the sport); no more crackle, whistling etc. Back to the Evoke-1; ahhhhh! Then back to ancient AM/FM radio, booo. Back to Evoke-1; Hurray!
The single speaker gives very clear sound, so I see no need to get the extra speaker. If you want stereo, connect the Left/Right outputs to your HiFi.
I have only three gripes with this radio: it is mains-only, the scrolling LCD display can be hard to read if you are level or above the radio, and I purchased the radio for my Father and not myself!
This is one of the few items that I purchased that I would gladly pay more than double for. Thank you Mr Pure!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Keith Adshead on 11 Mar. 2004
I have owned my Evoke 1 for a considerable time now. I always wanted a stylish radio for my home office and decided that when DAB became available at a reasonable price then that was the way to go.
Originally it took me months to track one down, but wow, was it worth the wait!
The Evoke scores full marks in both form and function. Easy to set up, easy to use, excellent quality sound, very easy on the eye and a joy to use. Tuning is simple and easy and all the controls have a quality feel about them.
A few reviewers have commented about the lack of portability. This is only a down side if you need it to be truly portable.
If I am working in another room for a few hours I am happy to take the mains adapter and plug it in there - No more hassle than having to change the batteries regularly and much cheaper. I have not qualms about the fact that my Evoke will not run on batteries.
A number of reviews also say that they have not / will not bother with the extra speaker. Well, I would say, think again! I had mine for a few months before getting the extra speaker & I believe that it is an excellent addition, with great quality stereo imaging. Obviously if you can plug your Evoke into your hi-fi then don't bother with the extra speaker, but if you use it regularly where you don't have a full hi-fi system, then it is money well spent.
So, is there any bad news? Well, I am struggling to find any but would agree with a comment made elsewhere.....I have mine on my desk, which means I look down on the display, which makes it a little difficult to read! OK, no big problem, but that is how good the Evoke is.
Conclusion - If you are reading this you are interested in an Evoke, don't read any more, go ahead and buy one. You will not be disapointed.
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