NEWS: Pure's portable DAB receiver plays through your car radio

Most cars come fitted with an FM radio as standard, with only a few of the more upmarket models offering DAB as an option. Now Pure has a nifty solution that enables you to fit digital radio to your standard in-car system.

The Pure Highway is powered by the cigarette lighter and attaches to the windscreen with a supplied flexible mount, just like a portable satellite navigation system.

A discreet DAB aerial also fixes to the windscreen, and once the unit has been tuned in it sends the DAB station you've selected to the car's radio on an FM frequency.

It's also possible to connect an iPod or MP3 player to the Highway and play it back through the car radio, again via an unused FM frequency.

Leaving aside the fact that there's something wonderfully incongruous about receiving a digital station, then transmitting it via good old-fashioned analogue FM to the car radio, the £70 Highway may well prove to be a popular Christmas present.

Highway has four pre-loaded presets giving one-touch tuning to Virgin Radio, talkSport, Planet Rock and theJazz.

It can also be used as a personal DAB radio outside the car, running for up to six hours on two AA batteries, and has a stereo output for connecting a pair of headphones.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.