PURE Digital Launches EVOKE-2 DAB / FM Portable Radio

London, UK: PURE Digital – a division of Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG) – has launched the PURE EVOKE-2 DAB and FM radio. The EVOKE-2 is the second product in PURE Digital's EVOKE DAB radio family, following on from the best selling EVOKE-1 radio.

The EVOKE-2 is a battery-powered stand-alone DAB and FM radio. Its maple wood casework surrounds a pearlescent white front with silver grille and control panel with scrolling LCD text display, station selection, tone and volume knobs and button controls for presets, band selection, display settings, power and auto-tuning. EVOKE-2 has integrated stereo full range hi-fi speakers and features a reflex port for enhanced bass performance. Users will now be able to enjoy DAB digital radio indoors and out with the battery and mains powered EVOKE-2.

EVOKE-2 has a RRP of just £159.99 inc. VAT. It will be available from leading retailers from the end of August 2003.

PURE Digital is the leading supplier of DAB radios in the world. Its product range includes the DRX-701ES DAB tuner, winner of What Hi-Fi Sound & Visions' Tuner Product Of The Year 2002, EVOKE-1, the first DAB radio under £100, and the premium portable DAB radio, the PURE DRX-601EX. Other new products include the DRX-702ES DAB/FM/AM tuner and the EVOKE-1 Elgar Special Edition DAB digital radio.

Using the latest DAB technology EVOKE-2 provides crystal clear digital radio with no hiss, crackle or fade, giving access to more stations than ever before. In addition to great-sounding DAB digital radio, EVOKE-2 also receives FM analogue radio for maximum station choice. An optical digital output for DAB is provided, allowing connection to a hi-fi system with digital input or recording to Minidisc. Stereo line-out is also available via a 3.5 mm socket for analogue output of DAB and FM.

EVOKE-2 is tuned at the touch of a button and is exceptionally easy to use, as DAB stations are selected by name, not frequency. Scrolling text on the LCD display shows programme content and extra information about the broadcast such as song titles, artists' names, programme descriptions, news headlines and more. One touch auto-tuning is complemented by six DAB and six FM presets. DAB favourite station ordering allows users to list their most listened to stations first.

EVOKE-2 is the second radio in PURE's best selling EVOKE radio family. The PURE EVOKE-1 is the UK's best selling DAB radio and has been rapturously received by the press and public. "We're vastly impressed by the EVOKE-1," said T3 Magazine (October 2002) presenting it with its Gold Award. "This is new technology at its best," said Time Out (August 28, 2002). "Pure listening pleasure" said The Times (August 21, 2002).

Says Kevin Dale, president, PURE Digital: "EVOKE-1 is the most successful DAB radio ever, and we are building on that success in EVOKE-2 by offering new features, like legacy-FM compatibility and battery power, which will extend the appeal of the EVOKE family to reach even more radio fans."

DAB receivers offer a more robust reception technology, providing crystal clear reception. EVOKE-2 users can choose from up to 55 DAB stations in some areas, plus any available FM stations. DAB stations include BBC Radios 1-4, 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra, Classic FM, and local and exclusive-to-digital stations such as BBC 6 Music, BBC 7, BBC 1Xtra, Oneword, Planet Rock and Passion for the Planet.

Three levels of DAB Dynamic Range Control (DRC) enable users to adjust dynamic range which is useful in a noisy environment or when listening at low volume to programmes with very loud or very quiet parts.

EVOKE-2's FM functionality includes fast station seek facility, manual tuning, the ability to store up to six presets and frequency display.

EVOKE-2 has a broad range of useful connectivity features including a headphone socket, optical digital-output for DAB, and 3.5mm line-output for DAB and FM playback through a hi-fi or connection to a MiniDisc or other recording device. The radio includes a detachable telescopic aerial for both FM and DAB reception with a 75? RF F-connector for use with external aerials.

EVOKE-2 can be powered by 6 'C' cell batteries for around 10 hours of playback. EVOKE-2 can also be powered from the mains and is supplied with a 240V AC to 9V DC mains power adaptor.

The product is covered by a 2-year warranty.

Inside EVOKE-2

EVOKE-2 is powered by the Frontier Silicon Chorus FS1010, which utilises the revolutionary META™ multi-threaded processor and DAB technologies developed by Imagination Technologies' Metagence and Ensigma divisions. The META processor architecture provides multiple real-time programming contexts (threads) that can operate independently and concurrently. The critical advantage of the META architecture is that it makes it possible to run several real-time tasks on a single processor, rather than resorting to inefficient multi-DSP solutions. META can implement all DAB baseband and user interface functions on one device.

Technical Specifications

EVOKE-2 is a stereo DAB digital and FM radio with full Band III reception for all UK DAB broadcasts.
Frequency ranges: DAB 174-240 MHz; FM 87.5-108 MHz.
Speakers: Two full-range 3" drive units.
Aerial and connector: Detachable telescopic aerial and 75? RF F-connector.
Output connectors: 3.5 mm socket for stereo analogue audio, 3.5 mm socket for stereo headphones and DAB optical digital output.
Controls: Power on/off, tune, fast autotune, tone, display, setup, volume, 6 DAB and 6 FM presets.
Display: High-visibility LCD display with 16 x 2 characters.
Power supply: 240V AC to 9V DC external power adapter or 6 'C' cell batteries.
Approvals: CE marked. Compliant with the EMC and Low Voltage Directives (89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC).
Dimensions: 290 mm (height) x 185 mm (width) x 100 mm (depth).