VideoLogic Announces PURE™ DRX-601ESM Mini DAB Radio Tuner

VideoLogic Systems – a division of Imagination Technologies – announces the PURE DAB Digital Radio Tuner DRX-601ESM. Styled and sized to complement a mini or midi footprint hi-fi system the DRX-601ESM has all the performance and features of What Hi-Fi's tuner Product Of The Year, the DRX-601ES, including a stylish silver anodised aluminium front panel, silver finish casework and controls, cool blue LED indicators, an easy to read blue/white display, a discrete remote control and PAC™ Technology for a more natural sound.

DRX-601ESM is one of the first products in the PURE range from VideoLogic. PURE is a new brand for VideoLogic's premium home entertainment and consumer audio products – products that will provide outstanding hi-fi quality and market-leading value. Other new PURE products include the new LiFE 4/10 home cinema surround audio system and the DRX-601EX portable DAB radio.

The £349 (RRP inc. VAT) DRX-601ESM builds on the success of the award winning DRX-601ES with a footprint designed to compliment today's popular mini and midi sized hi-fi systems. DRX-601ESM fits all the features of the DRX-601ES into a package just 60mm (h) x 223mm (w) x 269mm (d).

Says Kevin Dale, president, VideoLogic: "The DRX-601ES has been a huge success and the new PURE DRX-601ESM builds on that product's acclaim with its elegant new design. Now, at last, there's a digital radio for owners of mini and midi sized systems."

The reaction from the press to the DRX family of digital radio tuners has been amazing, with top scores from What Hi-Fi and Stuff magazines and Best Buy Awards from Hi-Fi Choice and Classic FM already won.

Analogue FM or MW radio signals suffer from several kinds of interference travelling between the transmitter and the radio, caused by tall buildings, the landscape or weather conditions. Digital radio selects the strongest regional transmitter automatically and then actually uses any obstacles as reflectors to create multiple path reception conditions that optimise receiver sensitivity and ensure users get digital-quality sound with no break-ups.

As well as crystal-clear reception and high-detail digital-quality sound, DRX-601ESM 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-601ESM's integral LCD screen. The DRX-601ESM can be used with any hi-fi amplifier or with hi-fi systems with phono or line level inputs.

DRX-601ESM has a high quality slim-line aluminium fascia with a very easy to use interface. The system is accompanied by a fully featured infrared remote control for the easy selection of main channel or secondary service broadcasts. Secondary service is a 'sub-channel' that can contain additional broadcasts like news, competitions or expanded information that enrich the user's enjoyment of the main broadcast.

DRX-601ESM is also ideal for use in any location in the house when paired with self-powered speakers like VideoLogic's award winning Sirocco Spirit.

DRX-601ESM has high performance 24-bit / 96 kHz delta sigma digital to analogue converters for high-quality stereo digital audio, a low noise toroidal transformer power supply, fast auto-tune and service selection as well as nine station presets operated from the remote control.

DRX-601ESM includes a full suite of input and output features for maximum connectivity including: S/P-DIF digital output (48KHz) 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 antenna connection. An RDI (Receiver Data Interface) optical port is also fitted for future expansion and connectivity.