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PURE i-20, Digital Dock for iPod/iPhone with Hi-Fi Quality Audio and Video Output

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  • Maximum audio fidelity via coaxial S/PDIF and optical TOSLINK digital audio outputs plus stereo RCA connectors for analogue audio
  • High quality video output via component, composite and S-video sockets
  • Conveniently charges iPod / iPhone while docked
  • Supportive high back allows easy manual control of iPod / iPhone while docked
  • Supportive high back allows easy manual control of iPod / iPhone while docked;Clearsound™ digital end-to-end technology extracts the raw digital audio and processes it on the dock for high quality digital output
  • Superior quality audio DAC for stereo RCA outputs

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 13.5 x 11.7 cm ; 254 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: VL-61431
  • ASIN: B0049MOK92
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Oct 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

i-20 is the perfect way to connect your iPod or iPhone to your hi-fi system or HDTV
i-20 is the perfect way to connect your iPod or iPhone to your hi-fi system or HDTV. Click here for a larger image.

i-20 – Hi-Fi Audio and Video from Your iPod or iPhone

i-20 is a next generation digital iPod dock that produces hi-fi quality audio from high bitrate tracks on your iPod or iPhone by extracting the raw digital audio and processing it on the dock itself. Using PURE Clearsound digital end-to-end technology for its digital output and a superior 24-bit 192 KHz digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) for its analogue output i-20 ensures you get the best from your digital music collection.

With stylish looks and sturdy construction, i-20 ensures that your iPod or iPhone is held securely and that the controls are readily accessible when docked. i-20 can also output the video from compatible iPod and iPhone models, charges your device while docked and comes with a handy remote control.

Digital Audio

PURE’s i-20 supports all digital audio output compatible iPod models including the iPod Touch and iPhone. i-20 delivers ultimate flexibility and quality by allowing the user to connect to a hi-fi system or radio using digital or analogue outputs. When connected via the analogue output, the i-20’s hi-fi quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) ensures that the sound quality from high bit-rate compressed or uncompressed iPod tracks is delivered flawlessly.

i-20 extracts the digital signal from the iPod or iPhone and uses PURE Clearsound digital end-to-end technology to produce its digital audio outputs, ensuring that there is no compromise when connected to a quality digital amplifier or hi-fi system. For its analogue output, i-20 again extracts the digital signal and uses its Cirrus 4353 hi-fi quality DAC and high-precision low-jitter clock to deliver true hi-fi audio performance levels with a -105dB signal to noise ratio, better than -93dB THD+N and 2V RMS audio output from its 24-bit 192KHz digital audio processor.

You can even connect the i-20 to your PURE radio for great sound quality
You can even connect the i-20 to your PURE radio for great sound quality. Click here for a larger image.
Video Output

i-20 also includes video outputs to allow users to view videos stored on their iPhone or iPod on their TV. i-20 is the only digital iPod dock available that supports all popular analogue video formats (component, S-Video and composite†).

Compatible with PURE Radios

Compact, sleek and ergonomically designed, the PURE i-20 will complement any system or room and connects an iPod, iPod Touch or iPhone to any PURE radio* or hi-fi system**. The iPod/iPhone charges while docked and can be controlled and navigated using the supplied remote control.

* The majority of current PURE portable radios, micro-systems and selected bedside radios can be connected to the i-20 using the supplied audio cable.

** i-20 connects to any amplified speaker system and other product with RCA phono line input or S/PDIF digital input.

† i-20 is supplied with a cable for component video.

EcoPlus

EcoPlus™ is a statement of PURE's ongoing commitment to our environment and its future. It indicates that environmental impact has been considered in the design, manufacture and transport of our products, and has driven both what we do and how we do it.

i-20 is the perfect way to connect your iPod or iPhone to your hi-fi system or HDTV
i-20 is compatible with iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Click here for the full list.

At the heart of EcoPlus is the requirement to reduce the power consumption of our products while playing audio and also in standby.

All EcoPlus products are packaged using cardboard produced with a minimum of 70% recycled material, and finished using water-based varnish. All internal pulp trays are 100% recycled, and the user documentation is printed on 100% recycled paper using Soya-based inks. We also encourage our customers to recycle all packaging materials.

The boxes of EcoPlus products are designed to be the smallest they can be whilst still ensuring the integrity and security of the product inside. This maximises the number of products which can be shipped in each container, and thus minimises the environmental cost of transport.

Digital Radio

With digital radio (DAB) you'll discover a broader range of music, debate and ideas, all in crystal clear digital sound. Digital radio offers:

Ease-Of-Use

Digital radios are much easier to use than analogue radios because they automatically search for all available stations. Once the radio has found all the available stations you just choose the one you want by name. No more trying to remember frequencies.

Wider Station Choice

You'll be spoilt for choice - as well as many of your existing favourite stations now broadcasting on digital radio, you'll also find great exclusive-to-digital stations and there are more on the way!

Digital Sound Quality

Digital radio is not subject to the same interference as analogue radio resulting in crystal clear, interference free listening.

Product Description

i-20 is a next generation digital iPod dock that produces hi-fi quality audio from high bitrate tracks on your iPod or iPhone by extracting the raw digital audio and processing it on the dock itself. Using PURE Clearsound digital end-to-end technology for its digital output and a superior 24-bit 192 KHz digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) for its analogue output i-20 ensures you get the best from your digital music collection. With stylish looks and sturdy construction, i-20 ensures that your iPod or iPhone is held securely and that the controls are readily accessible when docked. i-20 can also output the video from compatible iPod and iPhone models, charges your device while docked and comes with a handy remote control.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By AiDee on 19 July 2011
For those not in the know, the iPod (iPhone; iPad) is capable of storing music at essentially the same quality level as CD (or whatever source you use). To achieve this, use either ALAC (Apple Lossless), or WAV. However, regardless of storage quality, the iPod's limitation has been its necessarily compromised DAC - the part that converts the digital recording back to analogue signals we can listen to. Marvel of miniaturisation though it is, there is only so much you can do - with current technology - within a package this small.

The answer came some years ago with Wadia's 170i iPod "transport". This Apple-approved device retrieved the information "bit-perfect" from the iPod, passing it straight out as a digital signal to the DAC of one's choice. Overnight, the iPod became a serious contender as the heart of one's music system, no matter how expensive and exotic might be the following components. Rave reviews followed, helped along by the sheer convenience of being a top-end home system in the evening. Finally, the iPod's potential was fully realised.

Wadia have since released an 'upgraded' iPod transport, the 171i. Unfortunately, both this and the original transport are somewhat expensive. The 170i has had increasing compatibility issues too, as iPod technology advanced. More recently, both Onkyo (NS-D1) and Cambridge Audio (D100) released competing devices at about half the price and, along with the new Wadia, no compatibility issues.

And now we have the PURE i-20, bringing exactly the same bit-perfect digital-retrieval capabilities and up-tod-date compatibility at a bargain price: less than half the price of the Onkyo and Cambridge Audio devices.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dr ian on 6 Mar 2012
wasn't sure how much difference this would make to playing my iPod through my hifi, but actually it's startling.
i had no idea how muddy the ipod sound was till comparing it to this. with lossless compression this is pretty close to cd level sound.

there have been a few adverse comments about the build quality of the remote that comes with this: just found out by accident that apple's own (immaculately designed) aluminium remote works fine with this.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By EVIL_ELVIS on 25 Feb 2011
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The product I've been waiting for them to make* arrived a couple of days ago so here is my review of it.
(* Digital iPod dock with optional inbuilt DAC for under a hundred pounds).

System: Audiolab 8000a Amp (classic model) Quad 12L2 Speakers (on Soundstyle stands) IPod Classic 160GB using Apple Lossless Codecs

Background: Prior to the Pure i-20 I was using the basic Apple universal dock which of course uses the iPods' internal DAC and line out. The sound from the Universal dock was fine, a little compressed and lifeless but adequate for general background listening. Comparing the iPod's lossless tracks to the original CD via my ARCAM CD72T showed that the iPod/Apple dock combo was lacking some clarity..

Build: So, back to the product in question. I'm mainly going to focus on the sound quality of the Pure i-20 since this is often the hardest thing to find information on when searching for reviews. But suffice to say that the build quality and overall feel of this product is fantastic and looks like a £200 product not one costing less than half that. My only gripe is the remote feels a little light and the buttons are hard to press. It's also not as responsive as the Apple remote was, but on the Pure all the functions work such as shuffle and navigating the menus - not the case on the Apple dock.

Sound: This review focuses on the analogue outputs from the i-20, i.e. no external DAC was used. The first thing I noticed was that the Pure's output is much louder than the apple dock's, both in a literal sense and also in as much as the sound feels much more active and alive. Even when the volume is turned down, the sound still jumps out at you and it's hard to ignore the music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. A. Smith on 29 Sep 2011
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Roy Gandy from Rega probably wouldn't be very happy to hear I've hooked one of these Pure i20 docks up to one of his Brio-R amplifiers as he hates all things digital. However, I have to say that for anyone looking for a decent dock to connect their ipod to audiophile equipment, the i20 does the job beautifully!

ipod Classic >>> Pure i20 >>> Rega Brio-R >>> Dynaudio 2/6s

**** simply amazing ****

Just bear in mind though that for Amps that don't have a convenient 35mm rack socket (like the Rega) a purchase of some x2 phone to 2x phono connector leads will have to be purchsed as well.

Some reviews mention an excessive Bass. While I agree, I do detect more bass than normal, for me it's not something that's too much of a big deal. By all means spend £125 on an Arcam irDock if that improves things, but for the money the Pure i20 is the business.

Happy Days!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Simon on 24 May 2011
I previously owned the Wadia iTransport 170i before the Pure i-20, and I have no problem saying that the Pure i-20 is better. It offers both an internal DAC, and both coxial and Toslink outputs. It has a smaller footprint and it's much easier to place different iPods in the dock without worrying about those stupid adapters. It's a fraction of the price of the Wadia, and it sounds just as fantastic.

I've had a strange problem with the volume mysteriously decreasing on it's own. I'm suspicious that one of my other remote controls (I have a lot) might be somehow triggering the Pure as well. Since I haven't heard anyone else complain about this problem, I'm going to assume it's something in my own household. Other than that minor annoyance, I couldn't be more pleased. An excellent product.
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