Pure Digital is, in football parlance, ‘a bit special’ when it comes to making DAB radios. Its masterpiece has long been the Evoke range, which has done a sterling job at fending off strong competition from the likes of Roberts and Boston Acoustics.
The Evoke-2S sits in the upper echelons of this celebrated team. It’s a stereo, tabletop design, that's had some small but all-important internal tweaks.
Big and beautiful
In design terms the Evoke-2S is the polar opposite of ultra-modern sets like the Porsche Eton P9120 – its maple veneer finish ensures the Evoke-2S cuts a fairly smart, if familiar, profile.
Build quality is as solid as we’d expect, and the buttons – your main port of call with the radio, after all – are firm and responsive.
Elsewhere, there's a clear and bright OLED display that’s easy to read from a distance and off-axis, while on the inside there's Pure's new ‘Clearsound’ amp technology to boost the low end.
DAB and FM
The Evoke-2S is a DAB and FM radio and can be mains or battery powered – though you’ll need to shell out £35 for the necessary ChargePak.
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There are the usual presets (just the 100), sleep and alarm functions, and treble and bass tone controls, plus a line input for connecting an MP3 player.
Of arguably more interest is the ‘ReVu’ function. This is Pure’s take on pause and rewind radio, and allows you to do just that for up to 15 minutes of DAB radio time.
Most importantly, it offers a lively and chunky sound, with impressive dynamics for a radio of this type. Talk radio offers natural and clear voices while the business of music sees the Pure Evoke-2S delivering bags of detail and punch.
It’s a busy market for sure, but Pure continues to up its performance-per-price game and deliver the goods – the Evoke-2S is an excellent DAB radio.