If you like your gadgets to pack in as many functions as possible, you’ll want to give the Pure Digital Evoke-3 the eye. And the ear, too. This is a great-sounding stereo DAB/FM radio with as many features as a little Swiss Army knife.
Get your gadgets out
There are plenty of capable Pure Digital DAB radios out there, but the Evoke-3 hits the mark across the board. It’s got an SD-card slot, so recording your favourite bits of your favourite stations – and the Evoke-3 receives them all, solidly – is a cinch.
It’s packing an Electronic Programme Guide, so scheduling recordings is as easy as on your Freeview box – easier, really, because you don’t have to wade through loads of shopping channels.
The Evoke-3 also has a hefty buffer, which allows pause-and-rewind of whatever you’re listening too when nature calls or the doorbell rings. There’s even a remote control for when you can’t quite stretch to the tabletop the Pure’s sitting on.
Various inputs and outputs around the back mean the Evoke-3 can pretty much do the business as an MP3 speaker system too. Basically, it’s got the functionality thing covered.
And then there’s the sound. The Evoke-3 makes the best of any standard of broadcast it receives, even the hopeless 32kbps pirates. It separates well, throwing music well outside the confines of the cabinet, and integrates well too.
Bass won’t rattle any windows, but it’s got proper depth and surprising expressiveness. Voices, of singers or wittering DJs, are distinct and full of character.
Only the ordinary looks stop the Pure being ideal in every way. Whether your radio listening involves a constant flurry of activity or only requires balanced, believable sound, the Evoke-3 fits the bill.