PURE Digital Announces Follow Up to Revolutionary DAB Radio Tuner

PURE Digital (formerly VideoLogic Systems) – a division of Imagination Technologies – today announced its PURE DRX-701ES DAB digital radio tuner. The advanced DRX-701ES hi-fi tuner builds on the huge success of its predecessor, the award winning DRX-601ES, which was awarded What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazines Tuner Product of the Year 2001.

The PURE DRX-701ES features the latest third-generation DAB technology. Frontier Chorus™ FS1010 is a single-chip DAB/Audio processor, based on the META™ processor design and DAB IP licensed from Imagination Technologies, and enables PURE Digital to create a high-performance, lower cost DAB tuner that also massively increases on the features available in previous generation DAB products. The incorporation of the META technology also allows the price to be cut by £100 from £349 to £249.

This feature rich digital radio product includes: USB connectivity for easy software upgrades and future DAB data access; configurable station ordering (alphabetically or by favourite / most played); 99 presets; high-sensitivity RF tuner module; low noise toroidal transformer power supply; fast auto-tune and service selection; improved signal strength meter with diagnostics for easy aerial set-up; and optimised PAC-II™ technology which results in a significantly more natural sound than other digital radio tuners.

The PURE DRX-701ES also includes ultra high performance 24-bit / 192 kHz delta sigma digital to analogue converters and built-in 4x up-sampling with data interpolation which is usually only found on expensive, stand-alone DAC solutions. Other new features in the DRX-701ES include: digital volume control; standby power mode; time/date display; four levels of display brightness (including display 'off'); headphone output; redesigned full size remote control; three levels of Dynamic Range Compression; and automatic and manual tuning.

Says Kevin Dale, president, PURE Digital: "Our DRX family are the UK's best selling and highest award winning DAB products. Using the META third-generation DAB processing technology enables us to include a wider range of outstanding features and performance, like favourite station learning and signal strength diagnostics, while also bringing down the price of hi-fi DAB tuners by nearly a third compared to our previous generation product."

DRX-701ES is attractive in any setting, featuring a stylish precision machined aluminium front panel, anodised in either black or silver, along with matching black or silver finish casework and controls, cool blue LED indicators and an easy to read blue/white display.

As well as crystal-clear reception and high-detail digital-quality sound, DRX-701ES can provide additional information including station identification, track listings, traffic and news data or other text (dependent on transmission content provided by the broadcasting station), which is displayed on the DRX-701ES' integral LCD screen. The DRX-701ES can be used with any standard hi-fi amplifier.

DRX-701ES has a low noise power supply with toroidal transformer, fast auto-tune and service selection. DRX-701ES includes a full suite of input and output features for maximum connectivity including: S/P-DIF digital output via Toslink and phono connectors for direct digital recording to MiniDisc or DAT; loop-through circuit for external FM/AM tuner; RF connector for DAB aerial connection; RDI (Receiver Data Interface) optical port. USB connection is provided both for data access and to enable users to upgrade the tuner software themselves by downloading firmware update files which will be made available on the PURE Digital website.

The DRX-701ES is provided with a two-year manufacturer's warranty.