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5.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly DAB seems worthwhile, 8 Nov 2007
This review is from: PURE PocketDAB 1500, Rechargeable Personal DAB/FM Radio (Electronics)
I have been unconvinced about DAB radio for sometime now, not liking the delay on power-up, the heavy battery demands, the incorrect time-signals, the poor reception etc, etc. FM seems a simple system that just WORKs, and as they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

However, I've now bought my second DAB radio and its this little beauty and I'm beginning to think again about DAB. Basically, this radio does everything it is claimed to do, and does it beautifully and with style. The controls are easy to use, the sound is excellent through the Sennheiser earphones, and most importantly, the rechargeable power-pack puts battery worries out of the window. You don't even have to remove the powerpack, you just plug the radio into the charger like a mobile phone.

One of the most important features of a pocket DAB for me is ease of use in the dark (I listen in the middle of the night in bed sometimes). It is easy to use this radio - the toggle button gives access to volume and channel, and you only have to press the preset button to be able to move through your presets with the toggle. I have a blind friend and know that he would have no trouble with this radio. The power-pack gives a reasonable battery life (I seem to have to charge-up about once a week), and there is a power guage on the display to warn you when it is running low.

OK, so its still got the annoyances of all DAB radios - the three second lag behind FM and the patchy reception (try going on a train journey with it and see how many DAB dead-spots you'll find on the way). But in this case, I like the simple functionality of this radio. Its not a phone. Its not an mp3 player, or a pocket notebook. Its just a perfectly simple radio which does exactly what it says on the box. Highly recommended for those who want a pocket DAB radio.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2007 21:50:32 GMT
Hi Can you listen to this radio with out headphones? Am thinking of buying this for huuby whos deaf and hears better without headphones at night Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2007 17:19:01 GMT
Sorry - I just noticed this comment. I expect you know by now that the answer is "no"

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2008 20:02:16 BDT
Well, could you not plug it straight into a stereo from the headphone out? That is one option. Does this product come with a psu?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2009 13:18:57 GMT
J. Blackburn says:
Yes - if you can purchase a personal neck loop system and use the T position on the hearing aid. Loop systems available from "Solutions " RNID or Connevans DeafEquipment. This applies to ipods and MF3's.
Well worth it!
Consists of a thin cable you put over your head and plug into the radio etc.
I walk my dog with mine in my pocket!

Posted on 29 Dec 2009 12:48:45 GMT
Librarian says:
Thanks for this review, I bought this for my husband who is blind and he was up and running with it in 10 minutes and listening to the cricket!!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2010 18:38:26 GMT
Soarhead says:
I use one of these in all sorts of situations - with travel speakers, all sorts of headphones, to a cheap cassette player adapter I got from Tesco which I use in the car. The only thing to really bear in mind is that whatever you plug into the headphone socket acts as the antenna whether in DAB or FM mode. Its a standard 3.5mm stereo jack. If you can't get good reception you need to consider this.

Posted on 20 Jun 2011 16:46:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2011 16:49:32 BDT
MJ Curtis says:
Thank you. I have only just discovered this rechargeable DAB/FM Radio and it is now on my shopping list.

Posted on 6 Oct 2013 06:37:37 BDT
Graeme Doel says:
But will it work in Australia which has some sort of orphan type trasmission?
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