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ideal kitchen, bedroom or small office DAB radio,
This review is from: PURE Elan II, Portable Stereo DAB/FM Radio (Electronics)
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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Initial post: 5 Nov 2010 12:05:50 GMT
Big F says:
Quote "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!"
This is common with this type of equipment with an aux or line input. It happens because the line input usually conforms to a standard sensitivity level (which from memory is about 1v pk-pk into 10kohms) which isn't really a good match for a headphones output. Better results are obtained by using the 'line out' on equipment that has it. I have a old portable MiniDisk player which has both 'headphones' and 'line out' sockets. Connecting the headphone output to the Pure's aux i/p has the effect you describe, whilst connecting 'line out' to 'line in' works as you would like. I realise most portable players don't these days have a 'line out' so perhaps Pure should put an input sensitivity level switch on their radios (as seen for instance on some Sony equipment).
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