Pure was my first and best..... dropped it.......and paid for a cheaper brand....buy PURE
The Pure Move R3 is best for anyone who only needs to travel in a strong signal area. If you move around or live in an area where the signal is less than stellar, the Pure Move 2520 is the best and the one I use. As the signal gets weaker, the Move 2520 starts to noticeably be more sensitive than the Move R3. If you're struggling to be able to afford either of those, then the next best one price wise is the VQ Blighty and the original Majority Petersfield (not the newly released Petersfield Go). The Roberts Sports DAB radios are also on par with the Blighty and Petersfield but is more expensive and surprisingly, the cheap Exmax (sold under many brands at cheap prices) can also stand up to them but its clear that it is built to a price. Before purchase, I would check Digital Radio UK's station checking tool and I would suggest that if it says you can get good reception for the station you want to listen to, a digital radio will work fine with very few, if any, dropouts for the aforementioned radios. If it says you can get fair reception, you'll get the odd dropout or two with the Move 2520 and a few more dropouts with the Blighty and Petersfield. But from my testing, not all radios are equal. Generally, radios with Frontier Silicon chipsets (all the radios mentioned above) do best but even then and even within brands, radios can perform differently. With Pure, the Move 2520 is better at medium and weaker signals than the R3 and both are better than the T4 when used as a pocket radio. The Pure radios perform better than the aforementioned radios even though they all use various Frontier Silicon chipsets. Dedicated pocket radios tend to work better than the personal pocket/tabletop hybrid ones when used as a pocket radio. But some pocket radios - namely the lesser known brand ones - perform very poorly in medium to weak signal areas to the point of being completely unusuable and they also tend to be (but not exclusively) on the cheaper side. It may be the reason why people have a negative view of DAB, for something that is vital - tuner sensitivity - this information is not easily available until I tested a variety of DAB+ pocket radios and publishing them online.
Which ones were the best of the ones you tested?
I've tested numerous pocket DAB radios for their sensitivity and reception for a project I have done as this information is not available to the public and reviews can be subjective to that individuals circumstances and location. The LHDAB17 seemed pretty good for the short time I had it compared to other radios I have tested. There was one showstopper that stopped me from keeping it - it does not support DAB+.
Wow mains powered going to need a heck of a cable especially if going out? Don't like the the ones with onboard battery as once they run out have to recharge and inevitably the battery gets weaker and weaker till the whole thing has to be dumped. Have a Roberts Sports DAB5 used daily for 2 years and with a pair of 2500Mah AA rechargeable's lasts over 16 hours full volume on a DAB station. Love it and reception is very good and sound excellent , costs twice the price of this one but worth every penny. Listening to LBC in house at the mo and getting 2bars signal out of 5 and perfectly clear all over the house..