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.