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on 1 March 2011
Pro's - Great DAB radio at a resonable price. Nice design and finish, best of all a great sound with seperate bass and treble controls. Clear display, simple to use, auxilary input for your MP3 etc if required, battery or mains powered.

Cons - Perhaps I've been unlucky, but the first of these great radios I received stopped playing after a couple of days. Everything else worked but no sound! Sent it back for an exchange and received the replacement within three days, thanks Amazon! Everything went well with the replacement until the display stopped working, again after only a couple of days! This one went back too but for a refund!

If it hadn't been for the reliability issues of two seperate radios I would have given The Pure 5 stars. I didn't bother contacting Pure over these issues as the radios were so new and Amazon gave such easy and hassle free service both on the exchange and refund.

Do try this radio. You won't be disappointed by either the sound quality or cosmetic appearance, but from my experience be prepared to check out Amozon's return service.
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on 10 November 2011
Having read the reviews on Amazon, I thought I'd replace my old Pure Elan with a brand new model. Unfortunately, although it looks nice and sounds nice, it simply can't find the DAB stations that its predecessor had no problems with. I tested it by placing it right next to the old radio and trying to tune in a preset: the old radio worked fine; the new one simply said "station unavailable". Since I listen to these a lot, it turned out to be a big problem and I've sadly had to return it. PS I've since checked on the Which website and discovered various reviewers saying exactly the same thing. My advice, in short, is apply caution before you purchase!
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on 5 November 2010
I'll start by saying that I like this radio. I needed a new radio to replace my aging FM set and looked at the specs and reviews of many makes and models. I eventually narrowed my search down to Pure and then just needed to select which model. I quite liked the look of the Evoke Flow but it sounded (to me) to have a little too much bass and seemed quite expensive for a mono radio with no tone controls, and quite honestly I don't think I would have used the Internet radio side of it much anyway. None of the Pure single speaker models seem to have any form of bass and treble adjustment, no equaliser presets, not even a simple 'tone' control and so I decided on a stereo model. After nearly settling on the rather expensive Evoke 3 I saw the Elan II on sale for less than half the price of the Evoke 3 and despite the Evoke's extra features (such as the 'record to SD card' and remote control) the Elan seemed to good to ignore. So I bought it!

The Elan II measures about 280 x 160 x 90 mm (without the aerial extended) that's 11 x 6.5 x 3.5 about inches to us older folk. It has a rubberised sort of finish which feels nice but is rather prone to show greasy finger marks. The two main dials are turned aluminium and have a clicky feel as you turn then. The left one adjusts the volume and can be pushed down to mute the sound. Turning the right hand one scrolls through the available stations. Pressing the knob down selects the station. This same knob is also used for scrolling through and selecting options after pressing the 'menu' button. Between the two main knobs is a three line LCD display. This is clear to read in any lighting conditions from bright sunlight to complete darkness, (with the backlight on). The middle line displays the station name and the bottom line shows a scrolling text message as broadcast by the station, for instance details of what track is currently playing. The scrolling text can be stopped at any time by pushing the 'Tuning' knob. The text can then be manually scrolled left or right by turning the knob. This bottom line of text can be changed to show the date, signal strength or signal quality, Unlike some other Pure sets (including the older model Elan) the frequency and multiplex group cannot be displayed, although I don't imagine this will matter to most people. The top line of the display shows the current time and several other settings by means of small icons. (Battery level, volume, signal strength, stereo, FM, DAB etc). Interestingly when I first got the radio the bottom line of the display became a full width volume scale for a few seconds each time the volume was adjusted, but since upgrading to the latest firmware via the internet using the USB connection this feature seems to have gone. I assume this is intentional. The display is backlit. By default it stays lit for a few seconds after any controls are used. If preferred the backlight can be set to be always off or always on via the menus. I would have thought the backlight would automatically revert to switching off after a while when running on battery power, regardless of the setting - but it doesn't. There are two buttons on either side of the display. The two on the left are 'Menu' and 'Bass/Treble' while those on the right are 'ReVu' and 'Alarm/Timer'. Pressing the 'ReVu' button when tuned to a DAB station pauses the broadcast. Pressing it again continues from where you paused (up to a limit of about 10 minutes). While paused you can use the 'Tuning' knob to rewind and fast-forward up and down the 10 minute buffer. This feature is useful for when you don't quite catch something that's said and want to rewind and hear it again, or for short pauses like answering the door or the phone. In a row along the top peak of the radio are six more buttons. The first cycles between DAB, FM and Auxiliary input. The other five are station-preset buttons. Although you can set 25 presets of your choice, only the first four are directly selectable with a single button press. The fifth button selects a list of all stations you have set as presets and you then use the tuning knob to select from the list in the same was as you would from the full station list, the only advantage being that the list is only as long as your list of presets and thus a bit shorter than the full list. Up to 50 presets can be saved. 25 on DAB and 25 on FM. FM reception is as good as any other radio I've had but with the DAB reception being as good as it is I haven't used FM much. On the rear of the radio are four sockets. One for the mains adaptor, and then a group of three together for aux input, headphones and mini USB (for firmware upgrades). I have tried connecting my iPod to the aux input, which works as expected.

I was pleasantly surprised at just how many DAB stations this radio found. FM reception has always been a bit of a problem in our location especially downstairs and I was worried that DAB might not be any better. All the DAB stations it found played just fine and in most cases without having to fully extend the aerial. For the size of the set the sound it produces is, to my mind, excellent. The stereo image is obviously limited somewhat by the closeness of the speakers but it returns a creditable performance. The fact that you have control over bass and treble enables you to tailor the sound depending on whether you are listening to speech or music. One criticism I have in this area is that the volume works in discrete steps and these steps are a bit large at low volume levels, which I have found can make it difficult to get just the level you want when listening late at night in a quiet bedroom.

On the subject of using the set in the bedroom, while it does have alarm functions the set doesn't really make a good bedside radio/alarm. Firstly the alarms are switched off when running on battery power and will only sound if the set is connected to the mains in standby. Although the time is displayed when in standby there is no way of seeing it in the dark as the backlight is off and there is no way of turning it on, not even momentarily. Also, unless you have a very low bedside table the angle of the display means you can't see it anyway. The alarm can be set to 'once only', 'weekdays', 'weekends', 'every day' or to an individual day of the week but as far as I can make out you cannot have it set to go off at one time on weekdays and another on weekends, only one or the other can be set. The alarm can be an increasing bleep tone or can be set to any radio station at any volume regardless of what station/volume you were last using. There is no 'snooze' function. It does have a sleep timer, which will switch the set off after a pre-selected period. It also has a 'kitchen' countdown timer.

One other small grumble I have is regarding the handle, which only moves from being folded down the back of the radio to vertical. It won't move forwards of the vertical. This means that once the aerial is extended you can't fold the handle down out of the way. Conversely if you fold the handle down and then raise the aerial you can't then carry the set around by the handle without first retracting the aerial. Perhaps I'm just being a bit picky here but I would have thought it would have been quite easy to enable the handle to move frontwards as well as backwards.

The Elan II comes with a compact mains adaptor, not much bigger than a standard mains plug. It can be run from six 'C' size batteries or an optional 'chargePAK C6L' rechargeable battery, which sells for around £30. I haven't tried the chargePAK but have found that for occasional use on battery power I get a reasonable life from a set of alkaline 'C' cells. The user manual has 12 pages in English and is reasonably well written. One notable mistake is that one diagram shows the auxiliary input as being the bottom of three sockets, (correct), the other shows the middle socket as being the aux input, (wrong). This could be confusing as both are 3.5mm jack sockets, the middle one being for headphones. If you'd like a look at the user manual it can be downloaded from the Pure web site. (URL not allowed here)

Oh dear, I seem to have rambled on a bit don't I? Anyway, in summary I would say that the Elan II is an excellent radio with good performance and some useful features. If you want a DAB set primarily as a radio alarm then you should probably look at other models such as the Pure Chronos or the Siesta although I personally have no experience of these. Other than that, and despite any criticisms I have made above, I am very pleased with the Elan II and feel I can recommend it. I've given it four stars only because of the limited alarm functionality and the problem with the volume steps at low levels, both of which might not bother you at all.
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on 29 November 2009
Spent along time testing out different DABs and i shortlisted the pure evoke and the roberts eco 3 or 4 and the elan II. Alot of people complain about the evokes excessive bass sound, well the elan has a bass/treble adjustment to solve that problem. Basically its the evoke but with better sound control and housed in a different body, it looks quite retro in a old roberts way. Some may find it abit plastic looking buts its solidly made with a metal handle/control panel with the typical easy to use controls.
Favoured this to the Roberts models because they dont have an "input" for playing an ipod through the system, also they dont have an USB slot ( eventually DAB+ will be introduced and we may have to upgrade the radios software).
Overall a great radio - great sound, good looks, appears well made and durable. Makes a great portable DAB when combined with the powerpak.
Not many shops have this in stock if you want to test it out but we found it in Marks and Spencers and where able to test it along side all the other models in this price range.
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on 4 November 2011
Right - it sounds great and its easy to use. It looks great (to me at least) and the controls feel really solid. It has a battery indicator, which is an important feature for me. The pause and rewind is excellent. So what's the problem? Well, my worry, after owning it for just a week, is that it has frozen up on me a couple of times already. That might just be settling in issues, but none of my other DAB's do this. (Apart from a truly appalling Goodman's from a few years back.) And, sometimes the display text lags behind the radio when you change the station. So far a quick unplug sorts all that, but I don't want this to happen too often!
So, I really love it, and I want to keep it forever, but having read some other reviews about freezes and display issues, I'm nervous. Otherwise it was a 5 star!

I am editing my review after a month of ownership and downgrading to 3 stars. The freezing issue became irritating and a replacement did the same thing. And I noticed that it struggles with reception where my various other DABs just don't. I'm disappointed because I love it, but its a flawed machine I'm afraid.
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on 17 October 2011
I did a fair amount of research before buying a new radio - especially as this was at the expensive end. We wanted a radio to move around the house and to take in the caravan and also to plug either an i-pod or phone into to listen to music. We were also concerned with battery life both from practical and green considerations.

I liked the styling - it seems good quality, eminently portable [good solid non slip carrying handle] with a separated knob to adjust bass and treble and neat clear control layout on the top. I took a deep breath and ordered the battery pack too - which bumps up the price by around £30 : However the battery pack life is excellent on a single charge and at the moment [young batteries] lasts for days.

My disappointment is with the sound quality. When we listened to a range of similar products - I liked the Roberts Eco equivalent - except there was no lineout and the treble/bass adjustment was a bit more fiddly. The Pure had good sound quality in the store so I was disappointed that the one delivered was neither as crisp nor as full bodied. In fact I was really considering sending it back wondering whether it was faulty but family events got in the way and we have been using it.

Sound quality is key for us - aging and a little hearing-challenged. The i-pod/phone connect fine but there doesn't seem to be the adjustment of volume/bass-teble available much as we find plugging into the car radio system - so not ideal and again the sound quality is disappointing. [The DAB reception here isn't too bad as we have another -early- DAB radio - also PURE- which has good sound quality but is mains only so we had been happy with the brand.]

Amazon customer reviews are so helpful when trying to make a choice and for that reason I've added this one.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 February 2010
I am very pleased with this radio. I use it for listening to DAB mostly, and the reception and sound quality is excellent. I use it all around my house, garage and garden (in rural Aberdeenshire).
The feel and appearance of the radio oozes quality. To mee it looks much less retro than other makes - and i like that.
I like the styling, the sound is excellent, the inclusion of "mute" is very useful.

Best of all, I bought the rechargeable power pack with it - and I think it is brilliant.
I love the fact that it recharges while installed in the radio, as long as the radio is plugged into the mains. It recharges while the radio is playing as well as while it is switched off. So much more convenient than standard rechargebale battteries
I am not sure how many hours' play I should get from the pack - I have not bothered to read the manual yet- but so far I have been running for about 2.5 days 6-7 hours a day. I am very impressed.

This is my second PURE product, I bought the Highway In-Car DAB unit 12 months ago. I am very impressed with their products.
I would recommend this to anyone -and especially the rechargeable power pack.

Update May 2010. The power pack developed a fault. It would not recharge properly, and it was causing some strange radio behaviour. I actually thought the radio itself had a fault. I contacted PURE via the support function on their website, they immediately diagnosed the problem as coming from the chargepack, and they sent out a new chargepack same day, and the problems were cured. Impressive support.
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on 9 February 2010
I'm very pleased with this radio. The quality of the materials seems to be very high, and it feels well made. It's also easy to use - I managed to get it set up and working in a few minutes, although you'll need to look at the user guide for some of the more esoteric functions. On both FM and DAB, tuning was very straightforward and the presets work very well too. Lastly the sound quality (with two speakers in this set) is excellent and enhances the pleasure of listening to serious or pop music as well the news or plays.
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on 19 May 2011
This is my first foray into the world of DAB & all I can say is this is a lovely medium sized radio, the sound quality from it on both DAB & FM is great!

It's powered by a small mains adaptor, which I was a bit worried about after reading about other PURE units which have whistling & noisy PSUs, this one is definitely silent!

Popped the charge pak into the back, switched on & waited for about 1 minute for the initial scan of DAB channels & got about 40 or so for my area, which is good, the FM scan is a little bit slower than DAB, but still perfectly acceptable & the stations are easily stored with a 5 second press of the preset button of your choice.

It's quiet expensive, but I'm very happy with the unit so far.
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on 27 October 2010
We have one, with the chargepack, and it shifts between the dining room and kitchen. The battery pack keeps it alive for quite a few hours and means we don't have to move the mains adaptor.

After a "running-in" period for the speakers the sound quality turned out pretty well for the size, there are tone controls so you can tweak it somewhat

DAB quality is as good as DAB can be, don't blame the radio for low-bit-rate stations; classicFM for example sounds quite decent.

The rewind live radio feature works OK (on DAB only), you can pause and rewind or fast forward but only one speed; it's worth practising because if you really don't want to miss something you could end up losing the rewind buffer. The rewind buffer isn't huge, a typical scenario would be pausing the radio to take a five or ten minute phone call.

I've not really used the FM radio, so can't comment on it.

One of the things I really like about the radio is the auxiliary in, so you can use it as an active speaker with an mp3 player. I find I have to crank the radio's volume quite high with my mp3 also set to max, so the input is nowhere near as sensitive as it should be, so you might want to test this feature carefully if it's a vitally important feature!

I'd definitely recommend this product, provided you know that the revu feature is adequate not great and the aux input isn't fantastic.
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