Pure DABbles in high fidelity

Digital radio could finally live up to its promise of better sound quality thanks to Pure’s new pocket DAB.The handsome little PocketDAB 1500, see, ar

Digital radio could finally live up to its promise of better sound quality thanks to Pure’s new pocket DAB.

The handsome little PocketDAB 1500, see, arrives bundled with a pair of Sennheiser’s MX300 in-ears. Yes, headphone fans, we know what you’re thinking – our stockroom manager’s psychic – and the MX300s are Sennheiser’s super cheapie headphones. But we’ll take a pair of Sennheisers over no-name headphones any day.

Elsewhere, Pure’s ratcheted up the old PocketDAB 1000’s specs, adding an FM tuner alongside the DAB one, bumping the battery life from 18- to 24-hours and ditching its predecessors’ inefficient AA batteries for a built-in rechargeable one.

It’s lighter, too, at 123g, though still a good 30 grams heavier than Philips’ rival pocket DABber, the DA1000.

The best advance, of course, is the smart new black livery. As anyone who rushed out and bought a black 13in Apple, MacBook, black DS Lite or black Casio EX-Z70 will have noticed, noir is real hot right now.

Talking of now, Pure’s PocketDAB 1500 is in the shops as you read this, for a mere £90. Full tech specs and stockist info are over on Pure’s site.