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Pure Evoke-3 - Pure Evoke-3 DAB Radio

By Benny Har-Even



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Pure Evoke-3


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Alternatively, if you’ve got MP3s (WMA or AAC are not supported) on an SD card you can play the files straight off from the card. There’s also an auxiliary in so that you can hook up an external audio source, such as an iPod, and play it though the speakers.

Round the back you’ll find a headphone socket should you wish to listen in private, and there’s also a USB connector. This enables you to hook it up to a PC and upgrade the Firmware to add or improve functionality or remove any bugs. The only issue I encountered while testing is that a comedy I recorded overran so the recording cut off the end. Perhaps a buffer feature at the start and beginning or a scheduled show could be added, a la Sky +.

There are no less than 20 alarms and you have the set beep at you or play a station of your choice. A neat feature is the Snooze handle. Press the handle when the alarm goes off and it will snooze for a preset amount of time – eight minutes by default.

The Evoke-3 is powered by the mains, but can also be powered by a set of six size C batteries or a ChargePAK. These are rechargeables that are designed exclusively for Pure radios and charge while plugged in. It also has a remote control.

As far as sound quality is concerned the Evoke-3 sounds as good as you could possibly expect considering the size of the 3in drivers, the proximity of the speakers to each other and the bit-rate limitations of DAB. I was taken with the warmth of the sound and the limitations only became apparent when I was listening closely to recordings on headphones, - revealing slightly muddied sound and wishy-washy cymbals – but hey, it’s radio, not SACD.

The Evoke-3 is undoubtedly as fine a radio as you could hope for. An SD card and an EPG can free you from having to worry about radio schedules and it looks and sounds great. Pure even provides a two year warranty, which is good to see compared to the usual single year offered on most products these days. The only downside really is that you have to pay a premium price for a premium product – but I think it’s worth every penny.


The Evoke-3 is DAB radio at its finest. It’s looks and sounds great and being able to schedule recordings onto memory card will revolutionise the way you listen to radio. Highly recommended.

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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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