183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy upgrade to the PocketDab 1500
Firstly, I purchased the Pure PocketDab 1500 in December 2005 and have been pleased with it ever since. Since the Move 2500 release in August 2011 I was in two frames of mind, do I upgrade or keep my 1500? well, I went ahead and purchased one and guess what? best change of mind I've had in ages. If like me you already own the 1500, then you'll find upgrading to the Move...
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by B. T. Aris
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty but fussy
Looks pretty but very fiddly to operate. The controls have been over-simplified so it's tricky to operate with certainty or ease. You have to look carefully and be precise which control you use as it's too easy to miss the correct one. Impossible to operate in the dark so no use as a bedtime companion. A jog-wheel control would have been easier. Sound is not great, but...
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Daisy W
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183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy upgrade to the PocketDab 1500,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)Firstly, I purchased the Pure PocketDab 1500 in December 2005 and have been pleased with it ever since. Since the Move 2500 release in August 2011 I was in two frames of mind, do I upgrade or keep my 1500? well, I went ahead and purchased one and guess what? best change of mind I've had in ages. If like me you already own the 1500, then you'll find upgrading to the Move 2500 would be a step forward then a step back. The battery life may only be 14 hours as compared to the 21 hours of the 1500, but that's because the battery in the 2500 is only 1000ma where the battery in the 1500 is 1800ma. But, the one thing that did surprise me is walking around Sainsbury's, where my 1500 would cut out and force me to switch to FM, and then the only station I could receive was a local one, the Move 2500 kept going on digital making the FM side more redundant. This is the very thing that once and for all convinced me that going from the PocketDab 1500 to the Move 2500 was a wise move.
The Move 2500 is smaller then the PocketDab 1500, holds on to the digital stations better then the PocketDab 1500, and is better looking then the PocketDab 1500 which to be fair, the design dates back to 2003 as the PocketDab is the same as the 1000, the only difference is the the type of battery, one used AA the other Lithium.
In a nutshell, if you already own the 1500 and thinking is it worth going for the 2500, then go for it, you won't regret it.
If you're one of those people who is thinking about buying a Pure personal digital radio, and you are unable to decide between the 1500 as it's so cheap now, or the new 2500? I would recommend you spend a few pounds extra and buy the 2500, not that the 1500 is bad, just that the 2500 is a lot better, and so it should be, as the 2500 is the first complete design and performance change since 2003, plus the Firmware can be upgraded (there has already been two since August, I've already updated mine).
At the end of the day, although I owned and loved my 1500 for six years, even though it is quite on the large side compared to other personal digital radios out there, up and till Pure released the Move 2500, the 1500 WAS the best out there, now with the 2500, things have got better, and keeps Pure in the number one position in the digital radio market.
I just found out how sensitive the tuner is on the Move 2500, hence the reason why it works in Sainbury's. While fiddling about with the FM side of this radio in my bedroom, not only could it pick up ALL the FM radio stations, it also picked up a station called AHBS CR. Not knowing what this station is I put AHBS CR into Google and it turned out to be the hospital radio station which is about two and a half miles away. I did the retune on my 1500 and not only did it fail to pull in all the FM stations, it didn't even pick up the local hospital one ether.
Forget about the price, forget about the other portable digital radios including the 1500, if you are wanting to buy a portable digital radio, the Move 2500 is now 1000% highly recommended.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works on the train, the countryside, the city, everywhere!,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)I purchased the Pure 2500 over a month ago now to make my commute a little more bearable. I had low expectations as I've used a Sony portable DAB in the past with mixed results and even the larger 'bed-side' DABs where I live are patchy at best.
Imagine my surprise when I first unpacked the 2500, turned it on and it worked straight away. I should add, where I live I get very poor TV and radio reception yet somehow the 2500 was crystal clear. The signal quality is a vast improvement over FM and the sound is geared more toward the mid-range and bass than the higher end. This is fine though as the sound is very warm and both music and speech are very well reproduced.
The next big test was the train, I've read reviews with mixed results or people just unsure. I can report the 2500 works incredibly well. I use trains with over-head electric cables (as opposed to diesels) and there is very little signal interference. On my 1 hour commute into London there are perhaps a couple of dead patches, but apart from that the 2500 excels. The ony thing that causes interference are tunnels and any oncoming trains strangely.
When in a city the DAB doesn't like being inside some shops, lifts and other heavily insulated spaces but between tall buildings and when walking past cars/buses etc. the signal is uninterrupted.
It's not a cheap audio solution, but it's worth every penny. The battery life too is fantastic, I managed to leave the 2500 on overnight the other day and even after a full day's use there was still juice in the thing.
In the hand the 2500 feels very light and delicate but conversely well made and finished. The only negatives I've encountered are relatively minor. The jog wheel (like a 1st gen iPod) seems a little weak and might cause longevity issues but works fine now. The 'lock' on the top of the unit is very difficult to operate, and it's not clear without looking at it when it is/isn't locked. Finally the on/off/FM+DAB button is a little annoying as the function is combined. This means sometimes when you want to turn the unit on or off you end up switching modes, it's only a minor niggle though.
Overall a very impressive, reliable and nice to use piece of kit.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect personal dab,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)I find it strange that there are mixed reviews of this product. I think that this is a brilliant piece of kit. The dab reception is astounding, better than my wife's Pure One radio. I can use this anywhere, even plugged into the car stereo, and have had no issues at all, even though I prefer to use my own sennheiser headphones.
As for ease of use, this radio is so easy and intuitive to use it quickly becomes second nature and you can use it without having to think about what you are doing. Admittedly you do need to look at the display, so if you have any problems with sight then this is not for you.
Finally, battery life is good. I listen all day at work and find average life is about 12 to 14 hours per charge, easily enough to get through the day.
All in all, then, a brilliant little device, well made and designed, amazing clear reception no matter how much you move around and, best of all, lovely clear digital sound. Highly recommended.
106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Portable DAB by Pure,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)Have had one for about a week now. Mostly used whilst walking my dogs through woods and fields but also on trams, trains buses etc. Superb sound quality - seems to cope with dense deciduous woods (Grenoside Woods, north Sheffield near where I live) - and easy to use although the instructions are not very good on how to add a favourite (you need to select a radio channel, then press favourite using wheel, then use wheel to select the number of the favourite you want to add the channel to, then press for favourite for several seconds until the channel is added to the number of favourite you selected). Small, light, 14 hour rechargeable battery, good headphones that are also the radion arial. A joy to listen for hours to Radion 3 with no interference or static whilst out & about.
It is an excellent product, very glad I bought it.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative DAB Radio.,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)I have been a big fan of Dab Radio for a few years now and have purchased a few different Dab radios including a Pure Highway system for the car. I bought the Pure Move 2500 after doing plenty of research into the radio as alternative in car system. I have a car which comes with both and ipod and 3.5mm Aux jack allowing for both options to be used.
After reading the the Pure Move 2500 uses the headphones as an arial to pick up the signal for both FM and Digital signals, I decided to try it in the car and work on the basis that the car would act as an arial for the unit once plugged into the 3.5mm Aux connection. I should point out that I was always prepared to use it as it was intended should this idea fail.
It works brilliantly and i am more than happy with the radio. Its not 100% perfect as there are little glitches in the sound occasionally but this is not too often and completely tolerable in my opinion, So i would give it a 95% rating on that basis.
The unit is small, tidy, well built and very easy to use. I can understand other comments which i have read on Amazon recently regarding the volume being a little louder and the lock switch being a little fiddly but as i use it mainly to listen to Planet Rock in the car it suits me just fine.
As i mentioned before i also own a Pure Highway unit PURE Highway, In-Car DAB Radio With FM Transmitter and trust me when i say this is loads better!!!!! Sure it cost more but the initial outlay far outweighs the amount of happy listening i have had with this compared to the Highway system which uses spare FM stations to pick up and run digital radio. The highway constantly loses reception when moving from area to area and i found myself trying to change the station every 10 minutes. I have also found the reception on the Highway unit sketchy at best.
The Pure Move 2500 can fit inside my arm rest where the Aux connection point is located and be constantly hidden from view, unlike the Highway which uses a Sat Nav style windscreen holder, a 12v power supply and an arial which is only useable in one car and trails cable all across the dashboard.
So if your looking for an in car dab as well as an ultimately portable unit and have a Aux jack to connect to then this is a must for all those listeners of stations like Planet Rock which are not accessible on the usual FM stereo system.
I would recommend it to anyone who this unit may suit.
Pure have always been great and i am sticking with them for all of my DAB requirements.Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAB on the move,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)I'd bought a new car without DAB or LW, so no Test Match Special, so I bought the 2500 to see if it would play through the car audio, the first one I bought kept switching itself off so using Amazon's excellent replacement service i returned it. The 2nd one has been faultless and the reception either using the supplied headphones, my own headphones or via the aux in on the car audio has been excellent.
From home (near Gloucester), I've been able to drive to Coventry in one direction and Cardiff in the other without having to rescan.
Battery life is excellent and I can recharge in the car using the cars USB socket, the only minor downside in the car is that even with the volume up to max on the 2500 I still have to increase the volume slightly on the car audio to match the FM stations. Great to have Radio 6 and 5 live extra in the car for a whole bunch less than the car audio DAB upgrade.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dabtastic,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)My old Phillips pocket DAB radio gave up the ghost about a year ago and I've bee waiting for a suitable replacement to come along. There were offerings from Roberts and Pure but this model seemed a step up. Reception and sound quality are excellent. It works fine on the train (Hereford to London) apart from the tunnels. Earbuds are decent though not as comfortable as my Creative earbuds which also work fine. My X-Fi mini-speaker doesn't work; cable too short to work as an aerial so I'm looking for longer connector. I'm not a fan of the wheel/dial that controls all the functions as I'm a bit cack-handed with these things but probably fine if you've owned an i-gadget which I haven't. Setting up favourites was simple enough but I did lose them all when I let the battery run right down. These last 2 points is why it only gets 4 stars. Style is modern and slightly understated and build feels good. Bass/treble control is nice touch.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality Personal DAB radio,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)The good - I've had a Pure PocketDab 1500 for a few years and have been pleased with it. Decided to get the Move 2500 based on the reviews. I've had it for a few months. The battery life may be 14 hours as compared to the 21 hours of the 1500 but I find neither figure accurate, more like half these (but that's down to volume, whether you're listening to FM or DAB etc.). Styling is better and it's a smaller brick than the 1500, but it definitely is no iPod rival in the beauty stakes. Additionally I don't have any signal issues.
The not so good - the in-ear headphones are a bit naff and the "thumbwheel" isn't brilliant. Overall sound quality is decent but not as good as the 1500. Headphone jack is underneath so it needs to be kept upside down to keep the cable free. (Designers should have paid more attention to the iPod.)
Overall I'm not overly impressed or disappointed and would recommend it - however if you don't mind a larger brick, then get a 1500 and save a few £'s.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Personal DAB Radio,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)I was rather doubtful about purchasing the Pure Move 2500, as I didn't think such a small DAB device could function well, especially as the headphone cable doubled as the aerial. My fears were unfounded, as it is an excellent radio, it easily picks up all available digital and FM stations, and the sound is CD quality, (music sounds better than on my iPod), even having bass and treble controls. I found the instructions clear and the controls easy and simple to operate. If you're considering buying a personal digital radio, then buy this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy customer!,
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)The 'Pure Move 2500' is excellent and certainly worthy of five stars! My previous personal DAB radio 'warbled' a lot both indoors and outdoors; the sensitivity of the 'Pure Move 2500' is orders of magnitude better! Ok, it is quite expensive, especially when adding on the cost of the gel cover BUT I really think it is worth the expense and will be money well spent. Contrary to some other reports I found the instructions easy to follow. A few points to remember: first, do charge up the battery as suggested in the instructions; secondly, when performing the autoscan do ensure that the earphones are plugged in as they act as an aerial and thirdly, to add your favourites, you MUST tune to the station you want to add AND THEN go to the menu for adding it to your favourites.
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