The Bug tuned into both FM (with RDS) and DAB transmissions. Station and programming information is displayed on the Bug's face. The Bug can show RadioText, RDS and standard DAB station information (extra details about the current broadcast. This includes things like the name of the current artist and a short biography).
The Bug is a stereo DAB with full Band III reception capable of decoding stations broadcast at a maximum of 384Kbps (not that need that since most UK broadcasts barely scrape 128Kbps).
Audio outputs on the Bug include a 3.5 mm headphone socket and optical (S/PDIF) Toslink connector. This means you could connect the Bug to a digital amplifier or MiniDisc recorder.
If PURE releases firmware updates for the Bug, these can be uploaded via the USB port. Very occasionally DAB companies do release updates, which can be used to tweak the interface, correct bugs or add new features. Most users can ignore this feature, but if a problem is discovered with the software on the Bug, this could provide a quick repair.
As with all the digital radios we've tested, the Bug occasionally suffers from reception problems in some places. Londoners are unlikely to have problems tuning into a strong signal, but as you move outside areas of good reception, you may find that you have to be more careful about how you orientate the aerial.
As reception quality decreases, old analogue broadcasts suffer interference which gradually gets more severe, but digital broadcasts simply stop altogether. This gives DAB an all-or-nothing reaction to bad reception. We didn't have any big reception problems with the Bug even with the aerial retracted, but you should bear in mind that some environments may be less forgiving.
Though DAB music broadcasts always leave a little to be desired on account of the low bitrates, the Bug coped well. We were happy to listen to some broadcasts as background music while doing other things.
The EPG system is particularly appealing and gives you an advanced recording system similar to the Sky+ system. We loved this, using it to record a selection of Radio 4 shows.
The Bug Too may not be a huge cosmetic or sonic enhancement to the previous iteration of this DAB, but it backs up the Bug's well-established, all-round good reputation with an extremely useful EPG.
Edited by Mary Lojkine
Additional editing by Kate Macefield