Special Selfridges Edition Vita Audio R1 MkII radio launches

Vita Audio have teamed up with London's swanky Selfridges department store to launch a limited edition version of their R1 MkII DAB radio. Using the premium shop's iconic yellow colouring, only 2,000 of the individually numbered radios will be available…

PURE to launch affordable bedside iPhone/iPod dock

You'd think the whole world by now would have a fancy PURE bedside radio, what with the rate that they keep producing new ones at. If you don't however, the Siesta iDock is probably their best yet.

PURE launches five new DAB radios

Pride of place goes to the Siesta Flow, which PURE is billing as its first internet connected bedside radio. The Siesta Flow has a retail price of £99.99 which also makes its PURE's cheapest internet radio so far.

DAB receives major setback as Germans and Swiss say no

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The future of DAB radio took a bit of a kicking today when Germany and Switzerland’s commercial radio stations refused to invest in developing the DAB system to replace existing FM/AM transmissions. Their argument was that it didn’t make financial sense to do so.

The news has big repercussions for the UK and the rest of Europe. The Digital Britain report stated that the government would “work with our European partners, including the European Commission, to develop a common European approach to digital radio”. Well, it seems like all of the European partners aren’t interested in coming to the party.

The move could also be bad news for consumers. DAB radios are already much more expensive than their analogue brethren and the lack of a Europe-wide market is hardly going to help the cause. Car manufacturers are also less likely to include DAB radios in cars if they’ll only get maximum usage in selected countries.

The whole DAB scenario has been a bit of a shambles from the start really. Some DAB radios in the UK- reportedly as many as 9million – won’t even work if/when the system gets upgraded to the superior DAB+ system.

Campaigns such as Save FM argue that there is no need to take radio digital anyway – with many people arguing FM audio quality is, in fact, superior. The rise of internet radio also raises questions for the need of a digital radio network.

(via The Register)

CES 2009: Arcam shows off the FMJ T32 Hi-Fi DAB tuner

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This is the very pretty, but very expensive Arcam T32 Hi-Fi DAB tuner. As you’d expect from Arcam, it’s a top-end bit of kit, with a top-end price tag to match. Although it’s essentially just a radio, it also comes with a high-end iPod interface.

It’s got a DAB tuner, with band III and L-band reception, it’s DAB+ compatible, and there’s also an AM/FM tuner onboard, too, if for some reason you decide that DAB is too nice-sounding. Lastly, the iPod interface is viewable from the front of the display, so you can scroll through artists and tracks on the LCD screen of the device.

It’s yours for £500. That’s not cheap, but this isn’t a cheapy-made bit of kid. Full details are on the Arcam site.

For more products and releases from CES 2009, click here.

PURE intros Avanti Flow: fully equipped radio with iPod dock

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It seems the fashion for sticking an iPod dock on audio products still hasn’t died, with PURE launching its latest radio unit, the Avanti Flow, complete with Apple-friendly port.

The star feature of the unit is the almost complete coverage of modern radio standards. Not only is there FM radio, but also DAB and Internet radio, which can also be used to catch up with previously broadcasted shows (from the BBC, for example)…

Pure launches its EVOKE Mio DAB & FM radio, a coloured-in update of the EVOKE-1S

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The Pure EVOKE Mio comes in six “striking” colours – chilli (red?), chocolate (brown?), moss (green?), nicotine (yellow?), candy (pink?) and midnight (black?) – with the leather-esque front of each unit colour-coded so it’s as much fun to look at as listen to. Almost.

One of those colours is fictional, by the way. Can you guess which? That’s today’s FUN QUIZ! The Mio is rechargeable, apparently…