The Pure Sensia digital radio – just how future-retro-cool does it look! Like someone stole it from the set of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in 1968 and plonked it right on down here in 2009.

Actually, merely calling it a digital radio is selling it a little short. It is, it has, it does:

  • digital radio
  • FM radio
  • internet radio
  • media streaming
  • wireless access to apps for Facebook, Twitter, news, weather, and more
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you can use it as an external speaker for your iPod

The Sensia’s interface takes a leaf right out of the Apple iPhone – all touch, and on a very generous 5.7 inch screen. All of this is housed in a lovely looking egg-shaped case, in a choice of colours – black, white, red and yellow.

Price and availability

The Sensia is due for a late October release in the UK, and the price over there will be £250 – if that were to translate directly to Australian dollars, that is around $470.

And the good news is, the Pure Sensia will make it down to Australia pretty quickly. The Australian distributors have confirmed this morning that the Sensia will be here not long after the UK launch.

Specifications

  • DAB & FM: Stereo digital radio with full Band III, and FM reception. ETSI EN 300 401 compliant and capable of decoding all DAB transmission modes 1-4 up to and including 192 kbps. Supports FM RDS and RadioText. Future upgrade supported for DAB+.
  • Wireless: 802.11b and 802.11g supported with WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption.
  • Frequency ranges: Band III 174-240 MHz and FM 87.5-108 MHz.
  • Media Streaming: Audio codecs supported include WMA (Standard V9), WAV, AAC, MP3, MP2, Real Audio (cook). Media streaming requires UPnP server or PC/MAC running UPnP server software (supplied upon registration to www.thelounge.com)
  • Speakers: Two full-range 3″ drive units
  • Audio power output: 15 RMS per channel; 30W RMS total
  • Input connectors: 14.3V DC power adaptor socket (230/110V supplied). ChargePAK connector. 3.5mm Line-in for auxiliary devices. USB (mini-B type) for product upgrades.
  • Output connectors: 3.5mm headphone socket
  • Controls: 5.7″ touchscreen display, standby button
  • Remote: Sensia RF remote control
  • Presets: 30 DAB, 10 FM and unlimited internet radio favourites (maximum of 10 until user registration at www.thelounge.com)
  • Display: 5.7″ Capacitive sensing, 64k colour, 640 x 480 TFT display.
  • ChargePAK: Optional in-unit rechargeable battery pack. Takes ChargePAK E1 for up to 10 hours of portable listening.
  • Dimensions (mm): 166 high x 280 wide x 180 deep (stand dimensions not included)
  • Weight: 1.9 kg (excludes ChargePAK E1)
  • Aerial: Captive telescopic aerial, internal Wi-Fi aerial
  • Warranty: Comprehensive two year warranty.