PURE Digital, like Ron Burgundy, is kind of a big deal, keeping the digital radio market punchy with its stylish and easy-to-use equipment. We loved the and the chunky and now we're elbow-deep in reviewing the lovely Evoke-1S -- a simple and functional kitchen radio encased in an attractive maple enclosure.
The new Evoke builds on the design and feature set of the Editor's Choice 2006-winning, though this incarnation features only a single speaker. An additional speaker can be purchased separately and jacked into the main unit to provide a stereo output offering. We'd rather have stereo as standard, of course, but as many talk-radio stations broadcast in mono, this may not be a deal-breaker for too many people.
Sound quality is surprisingly good for just a single 76mm (3-inch) speaker driver, though DAB's use of MP2 encoding limits the audio quality before it even reaches a receiver. An option to lower or disable DRC (dynamic range compression) helps negate some of the excessive volume that some broadcasters add to their transmissions. Bass is partly assisted by a small reflex port to the rear, while the driver itself is covered by a metallic mesh.
A boat-load of other features such as multiple recurring alarms, 30 FM and DAB station presets, and stereo auxiliary inputs and outputs go towards making this a very capable offering. For £99, it's well priced.
Expect our review of the Evoke-1S very soon. In the meantime, take a moment to check out a charity auction PURE is backing. The company has persuaded some big names in the rock world, such as Mark Knopfler and the Manic Street Preachers, to sign special systems. All proceeds are going to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. Rock on! -Nate Lanxon
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