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Pure Digital Oasis Weatherproof DAB digital radio

Pure Oasis portable DAB digital radio - water resistant and weatherproof
10th December 2005

Overview

As if listening to DAB digital radio stations in your own home isn't enough, how about packing the Pure Oasis weatherproof DAB digital radio in with your angling gear before heading down to the river?

The Pure Digital Oasis loads a DAB digital receiver into an aluminium and rubber sealed case, with a built-in rechargeable battery known as a ChargePAK that can be hooked up to the mains to give the internal battery a boost. This means the Pure Oasis is both mains and battery powered, so can be taken out and about.

The Pure Oasis DAB radio also features a 3.5mm stereo input, increasing its connectivity and allowing you to plug in an MP3 player, MiniDisc machine or other external audio device for instant playback on the Oasis.

Tested to international (IP64) standards, the Pure Oasis is noted as weatherproof and can be used out in the garden or even in the bathroom, where it would otherwise be dangerous to use mains voltage radios. Rubber caps keep water away from inputs and outputs, while the fascia is recessed so that buttons aren't easily knocked. Rubber bumpers positoned on the edges of the Pure Oasis radio ensure knocks and scrapes don't harm the electronics inside.

The Pure Digital Oasis weatherproof (but not classed as waterproof - just water resistant) DAB digital radio portable is available to buy now at around GBP119.00.

Specification

DAB digital radio with full Band III reception capability, for reception of all UK DAB broadcasts. Compliant with ETS 300 401 and capable of decoding all DAB transmission modes 1-4 up to and including 256 kbps.

Frequency ranges: DAB Band III (174 - 240 MHz), with fast autotune feature.

Speaker: Weatherproof full-range 4" drive unit.

Input connectors: Stereo input for connecting iPod, MiniDisc or CD player; USB input for downloading updates; power input.

Output connector: 3.5 mm socket for headphones.

Controls: Menu, info, standby/power and 4 preset buttons; volume knob and tune knob.

LCD display: Easy to read LCD with 16 x 2 character display.

Power supply: 230V AC to 9V DC external power adapter.

Battery system: Built-in ChargePAK battery system provides over 15 hours DAB listening.

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

Dimensions (mm): 155 (w) x 230 (h) x 140 (d)

Aerial: Detatchable rubberised aerial.

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Pure Digital's Oasis mains-and-battery portable DAB digital radio

Other information

Comprehensive two year warranty for Oasis; one year warranty for ChargePAK rechargeable battery.

Pure Oasis DAB digital radio
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David writes about the Pure Oasis DAB portable: "This is my first foray into digital radio and what an introduction. For the first time in years I've taken the batteries out of my little analogue shower radio and left them out - the Oasis goes everywhere with me now.

"The look and feel is very much 'iPod' and this smart looking radio is tough as well as 'weatherproof' with it's metal 'frame' and recessed faces.

"Tuning is a doddle via the automatic function and, for those inclined, there is a manual tuning feature. There are only four presets for storing your preferred stations but the ordering feature cleverly puts your favourite stations at the top of the tuning list.

"The info button can be used to access notes on the current broadcast, time and date, provider, channel and frequency, kbps and mono/stero, signal quality and battery status. The LCD backlight can also be left on which makes life a little easier.

"The aerial is detachable and can be stored in the recessed slot at the back of the radio. On the right hand face there are the headphone, aux in, USB and power sockets. The headphone and aux in points require a 3.5mm jack but I don't see where I would use either feature. The USB port allows connection to a PC in order to upgrade the software on the radio. Surprisingly, no USB cable is provided.

"I've charged the onboard 'ChargePak' twice since Christmas Day 2005, using the radio every day for at least an hour from the bathroom to the kitchen, from the attic to the garden (in the snow and rain).

"The real strength of the Oasis is its weather-resistant portability and the only weakness in my opinion is its size. Highly recommended if you like to listen to the radio wherever you are and whatever the weather."

Chris writes about the Pure Oasis DAB portable: "This is an excellent radio except that the play time on rechargable batteries is a maximum of 4 to 5 hours - not the 15 hours boasted. Wishing to use the radio in my bathroom, this seemed like the answer, but the life of the rechargable batteries is too short - it takes 12 hours to recharge the batteries every 3 days!

"My old tranny goes for six or more months without new batteries, but the signal is terrible. All I want is a bathroom DAB radio that has a decent battery life"

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