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Pure Digital Evoke-1XT review

A distinguished DAB that sounds as smooth as it looks

TechRadar Verdict

Performance is certainly better than the original Evoke-1, but not by as much as we might like


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    Simple interface

    Incredible reception

    Nice display


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    Sounds a bit &quot

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    Still only mono

The Evoke-1 has so far been the UK's best-selling digital radio, and this XT version is Pure's answer to those who criticised the original's sound quality.

It's still blessed with a simple interface, classy looks and superb reception - in fact, if anything, the reception's better than ever. The improved display is also a joy to look at. But does this radio sound any sweeter? Well, yes it does, but only by a tad.

It's still mono, which doesn't help, and while the tone's warm, it sounds a bit too "thick" - all mid-range and not much else. Listeners to 1Xtra won't appreciate the lack of bass and Classic FM lovers will be after more delicacy, but this is still a good buy. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.