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Small and light, ONE Mini is an ideal travelling companion giving up to 20 hours portable listening when fitted with the optional B1 rechargeable ChargePAK®.

Despite its compact dimensions, ONE Mini has been engineered to provide surprisingly punchy audio quality and volume. Weve also worked hard to make it intuitive to use with simple controls and easy to access to features.

ONE Mini also offers FM reception, an input so you can plug in your iPod or MP3 player and use ONE Mini as a portable speaker, up to 16 presets, a headphone socket and a USB socket for future upgrades. Theres even a choice of colours.

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1. Choose your Pure Mini DAB radio below and add to your Shopping Basket.

2. At the "Select Payment Method" stage, enter the voucher code PURE5OFF where prompted at the foot of the page.

3. At the "confirm order" stage, £5 will be deducted and your new order total will appear.
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#1
Hot deal
#2
I was just recently given the One Classic (I think is the model above this one)

It's pretty good:
-low power consumption (the clock sets itself once it tunes, so you don't even need to keep it plugged in all the time when not in use)
-I did a firmware update via usb, and that now allows me to rewind live radio
-although it is a single mono speaker, you can pump stereo output from its 3.5mm/mini headphone jack into your home stereo receiver

I looked into getting the battery pack, but after quick research from Amazon, it would seem that they're expensive and some review claims that they have an expected life of 1 year. For time being, I'm just using the mains, but will likely just use normal rechargeable batteries.

Be warned - don't expect HI-FI sound from any DAB source - the sound quality on DAB is something like the equivalent of 128-192kbs ('m just going by memory from something I read a while back, listening to this on bigger speakers confirms it o be true)

good deal for 25quid
#3
What's the point of a small, portable radio that doesn't take normal batteries?
#4
GeoffAngela
What's the point of a small, portable radio that doesn't take normal batteries?


the model I have you get 80hrs with alkaline - all info is on the Pure website
#5
Sorry, my point was that this particular model definitely does not take standard batteries - you need to order the ChargePak which adds another £20+ to the price.

So not as good as it first appears.
#7
just ordered one thanks x
#8
GeoffAngela
What's the point of a small, portable radio that doesn't take normal batteries?


None at all.
#9
GeoffAngela
Sorry, my point was that this particular model definitely does not take standard batteries - you need to order the ChargePak which adds another £20+ to the price.

So not as good as it first appears.



you might be right. before I actually opened the box or checked the website, I didn't even think the Classic had power mains (the packaging is misleading) - it implied that you needed the chargepak, which is not the case with the Classic. I think it is with this model, however. That's crummy
#10
jeczap, this is the one you have, I suspect.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PURE-ONE-Classic-DAB-Radio/dp/B001FA05Y0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276080553&sr=8-1

I've got one of these in white. Great little radio, and as you say it runs off normal batteries. So I fail to see the point of the Mini version if you have to spend the same sort of money by adding a proprietary battery pack.
#11
Broadsword
None at all.


Do you get a mains lead with this?
#12
minime
Do you get a mains lead with this?


I would hope so else its every worse than next to useless.

The point is, if you need to use the mains, then whats the point in it being small and portable?
#13
GeoffAngela
jeczap, this is the one you have, I suspect.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PURE-ONE-Classic-DAB-Radio/dp/B001FA05Y0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276080553&sr=8-1

I've got one of these in white. Great little radio, and as you say it runs off normal batteries. So I fail to see the point of the Mini version if you have to spend the same sort of money by adding a proprietary battery pack.


yep, that's the one :thumbsup:
mini is not a good investment :oops:
#14
minime
Do you get a mains lead with this?


You do.

The 80 amazon reviews are a fair assessment of the product. The price of this unit is excellent compared to other options for buying this unit.

What is the point of offering opinions irrelevant to the price of this unit - aah thats the HuKD way!

For less than the price of a joggler you get a portable unit with battery that works in the way it was designed to. Does something very well, unlike the joggler. Its an ipad killer too.
#15
Bottom line is - if you only want a mains powered DAB radio for round the house, it's a very good deal. If you want a portable that can run off batteries as well, it simply isn't.
#16
FYI almost all UK DAB radio stations broadcast at 128kbps MP2.

128kbps MP3 is bad quality. MP2 is even worse.

Not voting either way.
#17
alasrati
FYI almost all UK DAB radio stations broadcast at 128kbps MP2.

128kbps MP3 is bad quality. MP2 is even worse.

Not voting either way.


Blame the BBC for pushing DAB when it wasn't ready yet. DAB+ would be better. The MP2 codec is from the mid-90s, it was out-dated before it was even used in DAB!
#18
I have this paid £40+ in John Lewis for it. ALso paid £20 for the chargepack as I wanted to use in bathroom.
It's a handy radio with great sound,
Hot deal.:thumbsup:
#19
alasrati
FYI almost all UK DAB radio stations broadcast at 128kbps MP2.

128kbps MP3 is bad quality. MP2 is even worse.

Not voting either way.


but even that's not the main problem here. ONE speaker. ONE, just like a 1970's pocket transistor radio, oh how we have progressed.
#20
mccririck
Blame the BBC for pushing DAB when it wasn't ready yet. DAB+ would be better. The MP2 codec is from the mid-90s, it was out-dated before it was even used in DAB!


Reality Check: try listening to any medium wave station in the evening and then come back and say just how useless DAB is. Medium Wave is using tech from 1890's, yet far more people complain about DAB :o
#21
danrus
Reality Check: try listening to any medium wave station in the evening and then come back and say just how useless DAB is. Medium Wave is using tech from 1890's, yet far more people complain about DAB :o


But isn't most radio listened to on FM these days? Or Freeview/Satellite? All of which are of demonstrably better quality then DAB.
#22
There are stations that don't use FM that are considerably improved by DAB.

Radio 4 LW for the cricket
Fivelive
TalkSport

I didn't mention music radio, because most people do listen on FM, but in some inner cities it's hard to get a strong signal on FM because of all the pirate broadcasts.
#23
danrus
Reality Check: try listening to any medium wave station in the evening and then come back and say just how useless DAB is. Medium Wave is using tech from 1890's, yet far more people complain about DAB :o


Eh, that's no excuse for creating a digital format that is outdated before it arrives. YOU check reality.
#24
The real point here is that DAB is in a mess. As mentioned, it’s already obsolete technology, incompatible with other European digital radio standards (which means the big Far Eastern electronics manufacturers and car makers aren’t exactly falling over themselves to produce cheap units for a single market).

There simply isn’t the wow factor associated with most new technology to encourage potential purchasers. Some stations (such as NME Radio) actually broadcast in MONO – how cutting edge is that? And with the mixed messages the BBC are sending out – promoting a upgrade deal whilst on the other hand proposing to close down two out of their five digital stations (including the single most popular one in the country). A real mess.
#25
mccririck
Eh, that's no excuse for creating a digital format that is outdated before it arrives. YOU check reality.


DAB is far from perfect, however it is functional and exponentially better than MW/LW. Seeing as the largest broadcasters chose to deny FM to their sport stations it is fair to compare DAB to MW/LW.

Just because a technology is "outdated" doesn't stop it being functional - allegedly NASA spent millions on creating a pen that would work in zero G, the Russians used outdated technology: pencils.
#26
danrus
DAB is far from perfect, however it is functional and exponentially better than MW/LW. Seeing as the largest broadcasters chose to deny FM to their sport stations it is fair to compare DAB to MW/LW.

Just because a technology is "outdated" doesn't stop it being functional - allegedly NASA spent millions on creating a pen that would work in zero G, the Russians used outdated technology: pencils.


I disagree. DAB requires far more battery power than simple MW and FM. It is NOT very practical as a portable radio in this sense. Also due to it's dated codec you get dropouts when the signal isnt very good.

I am not saying DAB is terrible, it can be quite nice, but it is far from perfect and far from what it could have been as well. I also dislike how expensive the units tend to be, and the obsession manufacturers have of making retro styled expensive DAB radios.

Ultimately I feel completely justified in blaming the BBC for DAB being dated and much less than is should be.
#27
GeoffAngela
The real point here is that DAB is in a mess. As mentioned, it’s already obsolete technology, incompatible with other European digital radio standards (which means the big Far Eastern electronics manufacturers and car makers aren’t exactly falling over themselves to produce cheap units for a single market).

There simply isn’t the wow factor associated with most new technology to encourage potential purchasers. Some stations (such as NME Radio) actually broadcast in MONO – how cutting edge is that? And with the mixed messages the BBC are sending out – promoting a upgrade deal whilst on the other hand proposing to close down two out of their five digital stations (including the single most popular one in the country). A real mess.


Well put, but as a replacement for MW/LW and an outlet for archive stuff (BBC7) DAB is excellent.
#28
I want an internet radio unit at this price.
#29
I got this model from CDiscount before they went belly up. Had it just over a year, had been used for a MAXIMUM of 4 hours during all that time. Moved house last week and went to turn it on and voila it didnt work. It eventually came on after the 20th or so attempt but wouldnt tune into any stations and then turned itself off again. Tried looking on PURES website for firmware upgrade or something and there was nothing for this model.

PURE customer service didnt want to know. I would certainly expect to get more than 4 hours use from a product. I will never purchase another PURE product again.:?
#30
Lucky I read this first.Was just about to buy one then seen that you need an extra battery pack to make it portable.Pity,looks like a nice wee radio.
#31
Would have been hot IF it had come with the rechargeable pack. Gutted as I want something like this for five live and talksport in the summertime!
#32
danrus
Well put, but as a replacement for MW/LW and an outlet for archive stuff (BBC7) DAB is excellent.


No it isnt! As already said, it isnt as portable, the sound quality is no better than MW with a good signal (this Pure radio has only one speaker as well making it mono) and inferior to FM. You can in no way call DAB excellent. Some of the radio stations transmitting on DAB may be excellent in material they transmit but that doesnt make DAB excellent in any way.

DAB deserves to be slated as it is dead end technology. And imo this Pure radio is worth no more than £25. If DAB was actually good quality and had been adopted by other countries these units would be far cheaper.
#33
GeoffAngela;8795414
What's the point of a small, portable radio that doesn't take normal batteries?

and they arent cheap.......i have the pure one classis but that takes normal c batteries....though its on mains of the time and i have a chargepack for it too anyway
#34
djstevie
I got this model from CDiscount before they went belly up. Had it just over a year, had been used for a MAXIMUM of 4 hours during all that time. Moved house last week and went to turn it on and voila it didnt work. It eventually came on after the 20th or so attempt but wouldnt tune into any stations and then turned itself off again. Tried looking on PURES website for firmware upgrade or something and there was nothing for this model.

PURE customer service didnt want to know. I would certainly expect to get more than 4 hours use from a product. I will never purchase another PURE product again.:?


Normally you would then reject the item under the sale of goods act, but as the retailer has gone bump, I'm not sure on this one. Don't suppose it was >£100 on a credit card per chance?
#35
Troythecat;8797315
I have this paid £40+ in John Lewis for it. ALso paid £20 for the chargepack as I wanted to use in bathroom.
It's a handy radio with great sound,
Hot deal.:thumbsup:


lol paid less than that for the classic with chargepak
#36
andiejn;8797334
but even that's not the main problem here. ONE speaker. ONE, just like a 1970's pocket transistor radio, oh how we have progressed.

depends what you are listening to i guess....i only use mine for sports commentary
#37
mccririck;8797717
I disagree. DAB requires far more battery power than simple MW and FM. It is NOT very practical as a portable radio in this sense. Also due to it's dated codec you get dropouts when the signal isnt very good.

I am not saying DAB is terrible, it can be quite nice, but it is far from perfect and far from what it could have been as well. I also dislike how expensive the units tend to be, and the obsession manufacturers have of making retro styled expensive DAB radios.

Ultimately I feel completely justified in blaming the BBC for DAB being dated and much less than is should be.

agreed....they need to modernise the units, dab is good when you get a perfect signal .....if not its horrible.....but then again FM isnt great unless you have a perfect signal (but not as horrible as DAB when you dont - hissing interference rather than a noise resembling a cat stuck in tumble dryer)
#38
GeoffAngela
And with the mixed messages the BBC are sending out – promoting a upgrade deal whilst on the other hand proposing to close down two out of their five digital stations (including the single most popular one in the country). A real mess.


Indeed : What a farce - the BBC currently running adverts to promote switch-over to digital at the same time they propose closing the most popular digital radio only station - R6 (the only station worth buying a DAB for folks).

A complete and utter mess :x
#39
I've had one of these for about 6 months or so, bought to replace a MW radio in the bathroom permanently tuned to Five Live.

I must say that despite the initial cost of £40 with chargepak, I have been delighted with it. The battery seems to last for ages (although bathroom use generally means its switched on for about an hour in the morning then the same at night) I've only charged it twice since the initial charge. It's been useful to take out in the garden/garage/shed etc as well.

I won't get into the DAB argument, but it's given me a reliable (so far) portable way of getting clear sounding 5 Live without mains lecky in the bathroom.
#40
jonwalker67
I've had one of these for about 6 months or so, bought to replace a MW radio in the bathroom permanently tuned to Five Live.

I must say that despite the initial cost of £40 with chargepak, I have been delighted with it. The battery seems to last for ages (although bathroom use generally means its switched on for about an hour in the morning then the same at night) I've only charged it twice since the initial charge. It's been useful to take out in the garden/garage/shed etc as well.

I won't get into the DAB argument, but it's given me a reliable (so far) portable way of getting clear sounding 5 Live without mains lecky in the bathroom.


I think that's the point 5live is horrendous on MW so DAB is a boon for that alone. Interesting thread folks untill it went too far into DAB.

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