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A Little Belter,
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This review is from: PURE ONE Classic, Portable DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)
We bought this radio to replace an earlier DAB (or should that be BAD?) portable which had developed an infuriating tendency to gargle like a dyspeptic steam engine after a quarter of an hour's use. In fact we were in danger of becoming pretty disenchanted with the whole DAB thing until we needed the hall painting...
...and Mr Decorator stepped through the door one bright sunny morning with his emulsion-spattered (Dulux Natural Wicker) PURE ONE Classic tucked under his arm. "Classic FM be OK?" he asked - and promptly changed our lives.
We were immediately knocked back our heels by the full, clean, crisp sound and the nice beefy tone of the machine. It maintained pin-sharp clarity throughout the day (including teabreaks) with no signal drift (or any of the accursed DAB-gargling we had become used to) and filled the space with ease. As you can probably guess, we were quite taken.
We bought our own PURE ONE very soon after and have been utterly delighted with it. It is dead easy to set up (No, honestly, it is. Unless you are just too plain lazy to read the little book). It has a really neat footprint (so it nestles nicely on the kitchen worktop) and has performed flawlessy since day one. We continue to be impressed by the sound quality. Whether the broadcast be pop, classical, spoken word or hard rock, the tone is always firm and punchy, with a surprisingly extended bottom end for a unit of its size. In fact, the sounds is so good you tend to forget it's not stereo. There is enough in the volume-tank to fill any room we use it in. We knew up front we would always be using it as a mains machine and didn't bother with the battery-pack that seems to have exercised so many peoples' rage glands, so I can't express a view on its performance as a portable.
My one quibble - and it really is only a preference-type-quibble - is that, when you use the Station Preset facility, the selection always defaults to the station on Preset 1 and you have to scroll through until you reach the one you want. That must take all of well, three or four seconds, so there's picky for you!
I know some people don't particularly like the fact that The Big Silver Knob is used for so much - but I think it simplifies things brilliantly and looks good to boot. I have found no problems or issues with it whatsoever.
In sum, then, I reckon it's a quality little good looker that works damned well and comes at a really affordable price.
If you don't believe me, I can recommend a good decorator...