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Pure PocketDAB 2000 handheld DAB digital radio with DAB recorder and MP3 playback

Pure PocketDAB 2000 handheld DAB digital radio review

The PocketDAB 2000 is brimming with useful features; some aspects of the user interface just take some getting used to without the manual. A central four-way chromed rocker switch brings up the station list, which is easily navigated. A press of the central button re-tunes the PocketDAB to the selection - easy so far.

A brief press of the TxtStor button saves the DAB text currently displayed into memory and you can recall stored texts via the menu. Perhaps a nice touch would have allowed you to recall the previous station message, but in any case there's an audio rewind feature for back announcements and the PocketDAB will store whole lines of text, which it can easily fit across a few lines of its bright, white-backlit display.

The info button brings up station bit-rate and multiplex information, while other buttons bring up a choice of six equaliser settings - including flat and enhanced bass - probably ideal for noisy bus journeys. Slot in an SD (secure digital) card into the base of the unit and a dedicated record button begins saving the show. MP3 files can be transported on SD cards and played through the PocketDAB 2000.

ReVu takes a little more getting used to: this function will enable you to pause and rewind live radio. There's a fair amount of internal memory buffer to fill and it's a handy extra to have. Once you figure out the menu button acts like a "back" key, everything is hunky-dory.
pure pocketDAB 2000

The optical digital output (yes a digi output on a handheld DAB radio) is protected by a rubber cover on the top of the unit, while a hold slider switch presents keypresses having an effect when the PocketDAB 2000 is sat in a pocket. A rocker switch, of the type that will be familiar to Zen Nano player owners, controls the volume and another inline volume dial is located on the headphone cable.
pure pocketDAB 2000 fascia

The PocketDAB looks extremely high-tech sat in its white cradle and fared quite well in picking up a decent signal on the third floor of the Marriott Hotel in Bristol, despite being surrounded by a cornucopia of other audio equipment.

With the headphone cable untangled, the PocketDAB performed well - hiccup-free - with the sound from 6 music nicely balanced thanks to the EQ boosting the midrange and tailing off the top end. It is likely listeners will find the more bassy EQ setting a better option on the move. You could easily swap the supplied 'phones for a open-backed pair of Sennheisers if you want to put the PocketDAB, the air guitar and a hairbrush through their paces at home, though the supplied in-ear designs are more than fine for normal listening.

FM radio stations are also accessible, though you don't get RDS station naming. However, the Pure is a Tri-Band FM, Band III and L-Band tuner, so will pick up European DAB stations when you're on the continent.
pure pocketDAB 2000 controls

Handily and thankfully at this price, a 64MB SD card is supplied with the PocketDAB, as is a carry case, power adapter/charger (for charging the inbuilt battery), USB cable and software on CD.

Find out where to buy the Pure Digital PocketDAB 2000 handheld radio online.

For: Multi-functionality; record function, text storage function is useful
Against: Controls and menus not as intuitive as they could be
Verdict: A serious contender if you're looking to upgrade from an existing FM handheld
Price: GBP199.00 or less


Find out where to buy the Pure Digital PocketDAB 2000 handheld radio online.

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Pure Digital Pocket DAB 2000 Tech Spec

General

Advanced stereo handheld personal radio and MP3 player with full DAB Band III, L-band and FM reception capability.

Headphones

In-ear headphones with in-line volume control.

Frequency ranges

DAB Band III (174 - 240 MHz), L-band (1452 - 1490 MHz) and FM (87.5MHz -108MHz).

Controls

Info button switches display to show extra station/track info or signal quality. Mode button switches between DAB, MP3 and FM modes. ReVu button enters ReVu mode for DAB pause, rewind and fast forward. Rec button records DAB to SD card. TxtStor stores scrolling DAB text messages. Eq switches between 6 different equalization settings. Menu accesses presets, DAB autotune and setup functions. Central 5 way DABnav button navigates menus, stations and tracks. Volume rocker switch with push to mute. Power on/off button and keypad lock switch.

Input connectors

5.7V DC power adapter socket. Mini USB connector for software upgrades and track transfer between PocketDAB 2000 and PC.

Output connectors

3.5 mm stereo ouput for headphones. 3.5 mm optical S/PDIF or analogue stereo output.

LCD display

Graphical white backlit LCD with six line display plus function icons volume, battery life, time, EQ mode and signal strength). Configurable brightness, contrast and timeout.

Power supply

3 size AA batteries (3 x NiMH rechargeable cells supplied) or 230V AC to 5.7V DC external power adapter (supplied).

Battery life

10 hours DAB; 22 hours FM.

Aerial

Supplied headphones act as aerial.

Approvals

CE marked. Compliant with the EMC and Low Voltage Directives 89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC).

Dimensions (mm)

65 (w) x 110 (h) x 21(d).

Weight

Approx 160g.

Related links:
Buy Pure Digital's range of DAB tuners, portables and receivers, via this website.

guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
what to buy - a DAB Buyers Guide, on this website.
more DAB radio receiver, system and tuner reviews, on this website.