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Pure Elan Portable Stereo DAB & FM Digital Clock & Radio ( VL 60726 ) - Silver

by Pure
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Stereo speakers
  • Class-leading battery life (up to 30 hours DAB and 80 hours FM)
  • Battery and mains powered(takes six C cell batteries. Batteries not included)
  • Eight DAB and eight FM presets
  • Sleep timer
  • Easy-to-read custom display shows scrolling track information, news and sports
  • Clock updated from DAB signal
  • Full DAB Band III reception, plus FM


Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Item model number: Elan VL-60726
  • ASIN: B0006IS25Q
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,651 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

From the world's leading manufacturer of DAB digital radios comes Élan, a modern radio for everyone to enjoy. Élan offers all the DAB features you'd expect, including: fast autotune, station selection by name, and scrolling text showing track and artist information, news and sports updates. We've also added 16 presets (eight DAB and eight FM) for storing and recalling your favourite radio stations, a clock display and even a sleep timer.

DAB digital broadcasting provides crystal clear interference-free audio. Add Pure's hi-fi design expertise, full-range stereo speakers and twin bass reflex ports and you can be sure that this compact radio will sound great, whatever your choice of listening.

With a contemporary look and premium build quality, Élan looks great around the home and its superior battery performance (30 Hours DAB and 80 Hours FM) means you've more freedom to roam with stereo digital quality sound than ever before.

Review

The reception is excellent, with no distortion even at high volume -- T3

Élan is one of its best yet (ES magazine Dec 2004) The Élan&has more than a touch of designer about it -- Stuff 2004


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Customer Reviews

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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and versatile 6 Dec 2004
By Frankie
A nice bit of kit, this. Looks great, and is very well put together as you'd expect for a premium-priced product such as this. The controls are easy to use, and nicely laid out. It's a versatile radio having both DAB and FM, so you can still listen to those stations that are yet to move over to DAB, and offers both mains and battery operation. Sound quality is good, but inevitably limited in depth to some degree as any radio this size would be. While DAB is superior to FM in terms of clarity and definition, the FM reception is still very good, rather than being just a bolted-on afterthought. Stereo separation is negligible, obviously, with the speakers being so close together, but does provide a better sound-stage than mono only, and using headphones it would prove worthwhile. Also, the number of stations I am able to receive is actually far greater than expected (having checked local coverage in advance), so its ability to pick up weak signals is another plus.
Seemed like quite a lot of money to pay for a radio at first, but this one has definitely won me over.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent radio 4 Jan 2006
By Simon
A lot of digital radios appear old-fashioned in design - I wanted one that is contemporary, and good quality. Pure seemed the best from all the reviews I could find, and I'm really pleased.
Having both DAB and FM tuners is great.
The LCD display can show rolling text for each station, such as show details and email details - excellent value for money, and this comes highly recommended.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality at Great Value 2 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Everyone seems to have overlooked this Pure product - all the comments on Pure products are the Bug and the various Evoke incarnations.
If you want stereo sound from quality speakers, an aerial that picks up signals much better than the other three i tried, the option of true portability as the Elan can take batteries, 8 presets on DAB and a two year warranty, plus it looks modern compared to all that retro styling found elsewhere, and from the leading brand in DAB technology then look no further and go for this one.
Top Top Quality at significantly less than 100
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DAB - Digital Audio for Beginners 7 Mar 2005
By A Customer
I had previously baulked at the cost of DAB radios, but the increasingly noisy FM broadcsts I receive helped to make up my mind. The PURE Elan portable radio is a clean, modern silver- grey design that blends in with most modern homes. It is easy to use with automatic tuning and 8 presets; the LCD display is small but informative. The sound is very good considering the size of the unit - it is not suitable for blasting out rock music and is at its best on speech based programmes and in smaller rooms. Digital quality is especially appreciated on stations that are normally broadcast in appalling medium wave, such as BBC5 and SportsXtra. The build quality is impressive at the price and the only quibble I have is that a sleep timer is incorporated but there is no alarm facility - why not?
Overall an excellent buy and well worth considering.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream listeners won't go wrong with this 29 April 2006
By HLT
Hardcore audiophiles might prefer a unit with optical connections etc, while gadget freaks will want a pause button and an SD-card slot. Early-risers might demand a clock-radio facility. For the rest of us, this does very nicely indeed.

The DAB side of things is a doddle to use -- just switch it on and it tunes itself in, after which you're only a few keypresses away from the desired station. There are eight presets, accessed through four numbered buttons and a shift button. Tuning and preset information is retained even if you don't install batteries -- I switched it off at the mains overnight and the setup was still there the next morning. Sound quality is very good. The unit will, of course, burble with the best of them if not given an adequate signal, but in my stone-walled cottage I don't even need to extend the telescopic aerial.

FM performance is competent, if marred by somewhat fiddly tuning -- the autoscan stops every time it hears a consistent crackle, meaning it's easier to use manual tuning. I ended up reading the desired frequency off another radio. Fortunately, with 8 non-volatile presets also available for FM, re-tuning shouldn't be a frequent event. As seems usual with small radios, FM is much clearer when you switch it to mono.

The case has a nice brushed metallic finish, and should appeal to those who think those retro wooden box affairs are already looking ... retro. One small gripe here is that the handle doesn't fold away fully into the back of the unit, but to be fair, because of the way the case is sculpted, the handle would have to rotate almost through 180 degrees to disappear completely.

All in all, it's hard to find a reason not to recommend this to anyone looking for a stylish, basic DAB radio.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent value and quality 9 Feb 2006
This radio is great value for money. It can get the best signal on DAB. The tone quality is very good and really easy to use. Excelent value for money and a great entry into the whole digital world of radio.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure elan or elan dx20 7 Dec 2005
The pure elan is a nice dab radio with fm backup. The radio features 16 presets for easy access to your favourite stations (8 for dab and 8 for fm). The radio is mains and battery operated. If you choose to use battery's you can get 30 hours on dab and up to 80 on fm with six c size battery's. The radio has stereo speakers for superior sound. The elan has a nice clear display which can show you stations names, programe information, volume level and battery life. The display can also show a clock which is automaticly set by dab broadcast signals so no need to change it when the clocks go forward or back. if you like going to sleep with the sounds of the radio then the elan is for you as you can set it to automaticly turns it's self of after 15, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes with the built in sleep timer. The unit comes supplied with a telescopic ariel to allow you to tune in to your stations. unlike other manafactures pure are proud of their products and provide a free 2 year guarantee with their products. The radio is easy to use with menus that are well explained and easy to use. This is a fantastic radio but in answer to my question the dx20 or the elan. if you want a radio with an fm backup then go for the elan but if you dont mind and dont need an fm radio then go for the cheaper dx20 which is the same radio without the fm backup.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks nice and good reception
Would like the back light to be on all the time not just when on batteries. No point in having the time and date etc in the display when you cant see it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by B S Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars problem with this
Looks good, worked OK - until suddenly stopped working - admittedly after 3.5 years but would expect better especially as digital is the way we are being pushed
Published on 28 May 2010 by Di
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Design Flaw
There is a serious users design flaw with this radio. The battery compartment is in the base of the radio and holds 6 batteries. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2010 by Knight Templar
5.0 out of 5 stars The best radio to get: good looking; simple to use; bargain price
Unless you want hi-fi quality sound, it's hard to see how anyone could do better than this simple easy to use DAB radio. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2008 by jds
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little set at all....
I bought this unit to supplement an Alba DAB with a white on blue scrolling display that has failed after 2 years... so the fact that this has an LCD display was a factor. Read more
Published on 6 May 2008 by R. A. Caton
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use but let down by poor sound quality
I chose the Pure radio for its neat design and ease of use. I liked the way that you just switch it on and it tunes its self and displays information on available stations. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2006 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy DAB for electro idiots
This radio was bought as a gift, from Amazon, for me and I have to say I am delighted with it. It is sleek, light and an absolute pleasure to have on display. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2006 by "tigger-dragon"
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks Nice, But Often Sounds Garbled
This digital radio could be great, and I'm sure for many lucky people it is. It's nicely designed, silver, smart, with an attractive blue backlit LCD display. Read more
Published on 24 April 2005
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