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In this day and age, the concept of a stand alone radio seems almost quaint. However, some people, believe it or not, like to listen to radio, without the use of a PC.

No one knows this better than Pure Digital, the self proclaimed ‘World Leaders in DAB Digital Radio’. DAB of course, is Digital Audio Broadcasting, which broadcasts the radio that Queen went Ga-Ga for over the air using ones and zeros rather than analogue signals. The main benefits of this is that you can choose stations from a list rather than a frequency, and that, assuming you’re in an area of good DAB reception, the signal is free from interference such as hiss and fade.

You can check if you can receive DAB on the Pure web site. If you can’t reach DAB then the Evoke-3 supports FM too but it would be a waste not to use it as intended as DAB enables you to perform a whole host of clever tricks and Pure’s Evoke-3 can pretty much do all of them, and then some.

Pure has dubbed the Evoke-3 as, ‘The world’s most advanced DAB radio’ and to be fair it’s a very reasonable description. Sporting a wood veneer finish the Evoke-3 will look good wherever you choose to place it. It’s also got two speakers, rather than the single driver that many of the earlier Evoke sets offered, to give stereo sound. Inevitably, the fact that the speakers quite close together means that the sound-stage is quite narrow but should that be a problem there is a line out, so you can hook up to external speakers.

Like earlier Evokes it has a LCD display but it’s larger than before and can show six lines at once and displays the time nice and large. While tuned to a station you can see all the broadcast text at a glance - great for seeing the football scores.

The first thing to do when you plug it in is to perform an Autoscan to see what stations you can pick up. It’s best to do this with the aerial extended as this can make a difference between strong reception and none at all. Pretty much the only thing the Evoke-3 is missing is an aerial-in socket for connection to a fixed mast – you have to rely on the built-in aerial.


April 2, 2010, 3:11 am

Ahem. No external aerial option? Just unscrew the telescopic aerial from the body of the Evoke 3 and a F type socket is revealed. What could be simpler?


March 23, 2013, 3:48 pm

These are superb sounding radios with massive reliability problems and very, very poor support from Pure. There are many threads on the web regarding the firmware being flaky and mine has stopped working (OK, I bought it second hand but it did work). I've gone through the terrible instructions to upgrade the firmware and got it working again only to have it fail every time I unplug. I then have to uninstall the firmware from my computer and do a complete reinstall again.


September 19, 2013, 6:28 am

Great Radio etc. the only downside is that originally trial DAB radio signals were weak and if a station only used local county masts then reception could be poor.
e.g. BBC Essex . two masts but didn't use Crystal Palace.
Hence it was frustrating to get perfect Radio Kent, Radio India, Radio Poland et al. but poor local radio channel Essex and living in county, because of poor local signal quality.
Now with 100% signal reception of BBC Essex is much better, but as my house is in a dip reception in certain rooms on the ground floor can be poor for BBC Essex in anticyclonic weather with the radio's fitted aerial.
If a favourite channel broadcasts through the a main London Mast ( Crystal Palace) no probem's but if a station is only local - geographical flat spots can interfere with the signal.


March 14, 2014, 9:34 am

Still working perfectly after three years.

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