One of the first articles on thewebsite back in 2007 was around the , a portable DAB radio designed for car use. This turned out to be a very popular device, although one small complaint about it was that it had to connect to the windscreen mount, and you had to have wires all over the dashboard (aerial & power). Competitors, such as Revo, produced DAB addon car units which needed more permanent fitting in the car, however, Revo have now left the car market.
Well, Pure are addressing these issues and have launched a new Highway DAB radio, the. This unit has a small control unit (removable, for when you want to hide the presence of the unit) using an OLED screen (and backlit buttons). In fact, the simple display / buttons and control knob remind me of the very successful Parrot range of Bluetooth car kit control units). This connects to a control box designed for placing behind the dash, or in the glovebox. This needs permanent connections to the car (I suspect it’ll possible to DIY fit it, but it’s not designed for plugging into a cigaretter lighter, unlike the , which remains on sale for those who want a truely portable unit).
As well as providing DAB (via a DAB aerial which needs external fitting), the unit has a USB port allowing you to plug in USB memory sticks, USB devices, or you can use your Apple USB cable and the device will be able to fully control (and charge) your Apple iPod or.
Most DAB radios only have one tuner, whereas most car radios adopted the idea of dual tuners quite a few years ago; this allows the second tuner to go hunting for a stronger signal without impacting the radio playback, and in fact, thehas a second tuner which will automatically keep the station list up to date with only the stations available as you travel around the country.
To connect it to your car, you can either use an AUX-IN type socket, or it can use an FM transmitter, either wireless using the car’s existing aerial, or it can be wired into the aerial circuit giving a crackle free experience.
In addition, Pure have added a couple of innovative new modes:
- Forcourt mode, where the device will go into standby for up to 15 minutes, allowing you to return to your car, and the unit will already be ready for action with the same music. In you are listening to the DAB radio, you can pause (for up to 8 minutes) and continue listening when you return to the car.
- Picnic mode, where the device is able to continue playing the music for up to an hour after the car ignition is switched off. The 1 hour limit is to prevent the car battery being drained, although some cars will limit you to only 15 minutes even though the unit could do longer.
For those wanting to add DAB to your existing car, and want something a little more permanent than the, this may well be the device for you. Pricing will be £179.99, although it’s not yet available, it will be sold exclusively through for a period.
Having said it’s not available, I believe it should be on sale within the next week or two, and during the initial launch,will be offering free fitting (normally around £25).