Digital Radio Explained

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Digital and FM radios

Pure DAB digital and FM radios bring you all the advantages of digital radio, support the many digital radio standards used in the UK, Europe and beyond, and provide FM reception for your favourite local stations or for remote areas where DAB is not available.

With digital radio, you’ll discover a broader range of music,
debate and ideas, all in digital-quality sound.

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All your favourite stations

As well as your existing favourite stations, you’ll also find great exclusive-to-digital stations like BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC 5 Live  Sports Extra, Absolute 80s, Fun Kids and Planet Rock. As well as topical pop-up stations such as Olympics Extra. 


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Is digital radio available in my area?

Digital radio is available to around 85-90% of the UK population, and this figure is increasing all the time as new transmitters are built. Over 11 million digital radios have been sold in the UK, and recent figures suggest that around 38% of the population are currently digital radio listeners.

You can check coverage in your area at


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Scrolling text

Digital radio displays have scrolling text to show track titles,
artists’ names, station information, news and sports results. 


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Easy to access stations

Unlike traditional analogue sets, digital radios automatically search for all available stations and list them by name, making it easy to select  stations and see what’s available.
No more trying to remember frequencies. 


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Superb audio quality

Digital signals are less affected by obstacles and bad weather, eliminating the hiss, crackle and fade associated with analogue radio broadcasts and so providing crisper, clearer audio. You’ll notice a big difference in quality, particularly in comparison to popular AM stations like BBC 5 Live. 


Selected digital radios from Pure bring you a range of other features besides, including: ‘Listen Later’ for recording your favourite digital radio programme, digital radio pause and rewind, scrolling text control, an optional ChargePAK for portable listening, an input for your iPod or MP3 player, radio and tone alarms, and kitchen and sleep timers.