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Sunday, 25th September 2011
Pure One Classic Series II does a double-take on DAB content

You might be doing a double-take on the One Classic Series II DAB radio, as the radio looks not dissimilar to its predecessor, the One Classic. The pause, rewind and record functions have been revised and updated and are now accessed by a new, dedicated Listen Later button.

The idea behind Listen Later - where you can save your favourite radio programme or show for playback when you want - is nothing new (Pure's Evoke 3 and Bug Too are examples of radios with 'ReVu' pause, record and rewind features), but the feature has been refreshed for Autumn 2011 under a new Listen Later monicker.
Pure One Classic Series II DAB/FM radio
Pure One Classic Series II portable mains/battery DAB radio with FM reception

The radio stores up to fourty-five minutes of your favourite show on Radio 4, or about half an hour of a Radio 3 performance. The maximum duration of a recording is tied to the bitrate that the station broadcasts at.

The comprehensive timer facility on the Pure One Classic Series II allows you to schedule single or recurring weekday and/or weekend recordings. You could, for example, record a daily show and listen to it each evening. Or, you can pause the sound to answer the 'phone and rewind to hear again a song or address being read out.

The timer facility on the Pure One Classic Series 2 is complemented by an alarm clock facility, line in socket for adding an MP3 player for playback through the One Classic Series 2 and bass and treble adjustment, for making minor tweaks to the radio's sound.

All in all, the radio offers useful facilities for an asking price of around £65 and is available from the middle of October 2011.

The only slight disappointment is the lack of memory expansion: there's no SD memory card slot, which would have enabled multiple recordings to be scheduled. Listeners looking for something closer to the radio equivalent of Sky+ would be well advised to search out the Evoke 3, which offers up to twenty separate recording timers.

Still, for an evening dose of The Archers at bedtime or a comedy moment at 10am in the morning, when you find it on your Series II, you can record it for playback later.

Listen Later
Listen Later enables you to save your favourite DAB radio programme and play it back later. The programme is stored in memory while your radio is switched on, or in standby, until overwritten by another. The memory will hold up to about 45 minutes' worth of a typical broadcast and will stop when the radio's internal memory runs out of space.

Listen Later is ideal for fans of programmes such as the Archers, Just a Minute or Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, Dennis and Gnasher on FunKids, the Worship Hour on Premier Radio or the Wonder Years on Radio 1.

Dimensions for the Series II DAB are 210mm x 145mm x 72mm and the unit takes 6 "C"-size batteries or a C6L ChargePAK rechargable battery (not supplied with the radio). There's a headphone socket for personal listening.

The Pure One Classic Series II is available in a black or white finish online right now at under £65.


Related links:

Related links:
locate the Pure One Classic Series 2 radio for further information or to buy, via this site.
DAB mains/battery portables and iPod docks, on this site.

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