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PURE Sensia, Digital Audio System with Wi-Fi and Colour Touchscreen - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Pure
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Digital, FM and internet radio
  • Flow technology for internet radio, listen again programmes, podcasts, PURE Sounds, and Wi-Fi media streaming
  • FlowSongs service enables you to buy music direct from your radio (currently UK beta only)
  • 5.7" 640x480 pixel TFT colour touchscreen. Supports apps for Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, RSS feeds, weather
  • PURE Clearsound delivering 30W RMS of class leading audio
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This product is designed to work with the digital radio standard in the UK only and is supplied with a UK 3-pin plug. The digital radio is not suitable for use outside of the UK. For all warranty claims, the product must be returned to the manufacturer in the UK, at the sender's cost.

Product details

  • Item Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.2 Kg
  • Item model number: VL-61290
  • ASIN: B002PAQX90
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,979 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

From the world leaders in DAB radio comes Sensia, PURE's Digital Audio System with Wi-Fi and Colour Touchscreen.

Sensia is a revolutionary internet-connected digital audio system with Flow technology and a large colour touchscreen, giving you a unique way to enjoy internet radio content and podcasts, DAB and FM radio stations, your own music collection via Wi-Fi, online apps and unique broadcast material.

Sensia is a revolutionary internet-connected colour touchscreen digital radio
Sensia is a revolutionary internet-connected colour
touchscreen digital radio. Click here to enlarge

Using the touchscreen you can view and interact like never before: scrolling and spinning lists, tapping to select, sliding controls and swiping to change views.

Sensia also features PURE Clearsound™ technology for impressive stereo sound, a handy RF remote control and an input for your iPod/MP3 player. There's also an alarm, countdown and sleep timers, and a headphone socket.

Delivered via Wi-Fi, apps bring a whole new dimension to your Sensia with weather reports, Facebook, Twitter and news. Just select which apps you'd like to display and whether to show them alongside what you're listening to or full-screen. Apps can also be configured to suit you - showing the local weather or your tweets. A number of useful and fun apps will be available shortly and the list is expected to grow.

Add an optional rechargeable PURE ChargePAK E1 and you can listen to internet content anywhere within range of your Wi-Fi network or to DAB and FM radio when you're further afield.

Sensia joins a growing range of connected radios from PURE, all featuring Flow technology so you can experience the best that connected radio has to offer. With both portable and hi-fi models you're sure to find one, or more, to suit you wherever you like to listen. Connect them to the Lounge, our online radio portal and you can save and share favourites with your computer and even between different Flow radios. Sensia comes in a range of colours, click here to see the range.

Make the most of intertent radio with the PURE Lounge
Make the most of intertent radio with
the PURE Lounge

The PURE Lounge
The PURE Lounge is your unique gateway to the world of internet radio, listen again programmes, podcasts and PURE Sounds. Explore thousands of internet radio stations and podcasts from anywhere you can use a web browser. Search for content that interests you, and personalise your listening by adding your favourite stations and podcasts to your highly-customisable Lounge homepage. And once you've registered Sensia your Lounge favourites will appear automatically on your radio. Using the Lounge you can pick the very best from the huge volume of internet listening available, creating a unique selection of programmes that suits your tastes and your listening habits.

Visit the PURE Lounge at www.thelounge.com and you can listen online, register your radio, and save your favourites.

You'll find:
Radio stations - thousands of global, national and local radio stations
Listen again*- your favourite shows when you want them
Podcasts - thousands of programmes available anytime
PURE Sounds - sounds to stimulate, inspire and relax

Powerful and simple to use search facilities will help you to find the content you want. Simply enter any combination of name, language, country, genre or quality and you'll be sure to find something worth listening to.

You can also find out what's new and get some recommendations for things you might like to listen to. The PURE Lounge at www.thelounge.com - Turn on. Tune in. Chill out.

*Available from radio stations that have an online listen again/archive service, including most BBC stations.

Use as a DAB radio, or connect to a Wi-Fi        network and listen to internet radio or streamed music
Use as a DAB radio, or connect to a Wi-Fi network
and listen to internet radio or streamed music

Get Connected
Flow technology means that Sensia works with any Wi-Fi network, at home or out and about. Just switch it on - it'll find all available Wi-Fi networks and you'll be ready to access the vast range of internet radio stations, listen again programmes and podcasts available on the web, as well as PURE Sounds - unique soundscapes created by PURE to stimulate, inspire and relax. And if you've got a computer or network storage device connected to your Wi-Fi network you can stream from it direct to your Sensia and enjoy listening to your music away from the computer.

EcoPlus™ is a statement of PURE's on-going 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.

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

Sensia is a revolutionary internet-connected colour touchscreen digital radio
The colour touch screen gives you so
much more than radio. Click here to enlarge

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.

Connect Wirelessly
Wi-Fi for access to internet radio, listen again content, podcasts, PURE sounds and media streaming from a computer and even automatic software updates.

Add new features and improvements as they become available via Wi-Fi or USB. Upgrades and full instructions are posted on the support pages of the PURE website, and if you've registered your product PURE will send you an e-mail to inform you when an upgrade is available.

With Flow Technology
Connected radio for internet radio, listen again content, podcasts, DAB and FM, media streaming and PURE Sounds.

Packed full of features including EcoPlus
The Sensia is packed full of features and designed
to reduce its environmental impact

Colour Touchscreen
The auto-dimming 5.7 inch 640x480 TFT colour touchscreen means you can view and interact like never before: scrolling and spinning lists, tapping to select, sliding controls and swiping to change views.

Clearsound is a digital end-to-end audio subsystem using high quality Class D amplifiers and digital audio shaping technology to provide clear dynamic audio, higher volume levels and low power consumption.

30 Watts
30 Watts RMS of class leading audio from two full-range 3 inch drive units.

3.5mm input enables you to connect an iPod, MP3 player or portable CD player and use the Sensia as a portable speaker.

For maximum convenience add the optional "Fit and Forget" ChargePAK, for up to 10 hours of portable listening. An optional accessory for the Sensia, the ChargePAK E1 is a rechargeable battery pack which fits into the battery compartment of your radio and charges when the radio is connected to the mains so you can take the radio wherever you want. The ChargePAK E1 has the added benefits of being much more economical than regular batteries and significantly kinder to the environment, reducing the quantity of batteries that end up in landfills.

If you register your Sensia at www.thelounge.com you can save unlimited internet favourites.

Station Presets
30 DAB and 10 FM presets to help you organise your favourite stations.

Easy-to-use tone or radio alarm with large snooze button (alarm operates on mains power only).

Clock with Sleep Timer
Go to sleep with the radio on and your Sensia will power down automatically after a set time.

Headphone Output
3.5mm stereo headphone socket so you can listen through headphones (mutes speaker).

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost but not quite there 1 Dec 2009
Colour Name:Black
When I read about the Pure Sensia the timing couldn't have been better as that week the power supply of my Pinnacle Soundbridge Radio gave up the ghost (a common occurrence) and although I thought the Sensia was overpriced, it made a perfect replacement. I decided on the white one and was delighted that it was available immediately on Amazon via KK Electronics and I duly ordered one.
It arrived a couple of days later and lived up to my visual expectations (the bag it came in was a nice touch). However the first few days were spent deciding whether it should go back as it certainly didn't live up to my "ease of use" expectations. The touch-screen seemed to be difficult to master (I have an Apple itouch so the concept wasn't foreign to me) and although slow, it wasn't as bad as some of the other reviews on Amazon made out. However, I have a lot of music on my computer that I wanted to be able to stream to the Sensia and the scrolling screen just wasn't able to cope - I just couldn't find albums or artists as easily as I would have wanted. Also the internet radio search screen looked clunky and difficult to master. The on-line manual wasn't any help at all and there were a number of on-screen symbols that I didn't understand (nothing in the manual about them). And although the Apps weren't the main reason for buying it, they seemed like fun and a good little extra. So imagine my disappointment when after downloading the latest software up-date, there was an on-screen message saying "App management and more coming soon.." So after a couple of days, I had to either persevere or send it back and I decided to spend some time seeing if it was worth keeping. I decided on the former and with some trial and error on my part and looking at the postings on the AV Forum: [...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont be put off by detractors 17 April 2010
Colour Name:Black
Having read the previous reviews I was half expecting this would be full of bugs but the specification was good enough for me to take a punt...now after 1 weeks worth of use I couldn't recommend more, ok the interface can be a little slow but there again we've all be spolit by the iphone interface. Setup was automatic and I was listening to wifi within 4 minutes of getting it out the box - wifi range is very good - I'm running from one side of house to the other.

To sum I wouls say the positives are:
- Great sound quality for such a small device, fills my kitchen without effort
- Seemless use of the lounge service with thousands of internetradio stations
- Great DAB reception
- Good wifi range
- Seemless updates over wifi - automatically found and update me to o/s 1.6
- the 'wow' factor great talking point for everyone coming to the house

- Don't seem to have much luck with FM but why would you bother when you get DAB and WiFi reception ?
- You really need a 'always on' wifi network to make justice of it - but that's that true of so many things these days
- Where's the news app ??
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Sensia 16 Nov 2009
Colour Name:Black
I had seen all the reviews and online demo of this product before its launch and could not wait for its release.

I love gadgets and could not wait for its release. On wednesday 11th November I purchased the white sensia in John Lewis. (I would have ordered it on Amazon but I could not wait for delivery)

The radio looks terrific. That was the good point..................

I was at first, very unhappy with it, as it kept switching off and resetting itself. At first I thought it was probably updating itself but It kept happening so on Saturday 14th November I took it back for a replacement. I could not believe my luck when this one turned out to be faulty as well. It would not hold its settings such as my WIFI password and radio favourites. By now I was very disheartened but ever the optimist I took it back on Monday 16th and got another replacement, this time a black sensia. I could have got a refund but as I like the look of it so much, I decided to stick at it.

Now nearly a week a later I'm so glad I did.........

The look is stunning and the screens in my opinion are good once you get used to them. You may feel the search and touch screens are unresponsive at first but once you get a feel for the sensia you get used to them. I will admit it can be annoying that when you want to search the Listen Again programmes, as it only displays part of the title.

The DAB radio works very well and I guess that because of its solid telescopic ariel, it has no trouble in finding stations. It seems to pick up a lot more than my old Pure DAB Radio.

The Lounge WIFI internet radio works well and it was very easy picking up stations by genre and country.
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting protype but hang back before buying 15 Nov 2009
Colour Name:Black
When I saw the announcement of the Sensia I was thrilled. As a radio loving tech fan this is what I'd been waiting for for years - a product that integrated a touch screen to allow me to choose freely from Listen Again content. My previous wifi radio only allowed navigation via a two line LCD which wasn't simple to work with.

This touch screen at last understood how technology could be applied to on demand radio.

The radio is expensive but I justified it to myself and ordered.

The radio arrived a couple of days ago. I am so disappointed with it I felt I should warn other people off.

Firstly the radio doesn't allow 'live pausing'. This is an astonishing omission - which even the radio on my iPod nano can do. Why this is the case I don't know - there's even a pause button on the remote. So strange.

Secondly the linux system has been built badly and is very slow to respond. Choosing stations and programmes doesn't intuitively use the full screen - and often only the first 10-15 characters of programme names are visible. ('Afternoon play -...' doesn't really tell me much). Searching for programmes basically doesn't work - my attempt to refine my search to BBC Radio programmes never returns results.

Also the interface between DAB and internet rather than being seamless is very clunky. DAB programmes cut off when you opt to choose to listen to web stations (often leaving a minute of useless silence when I would have liked to carry on listening). I'd ideally like a clever system that allows me to choose BBC Five Live - and then receive the offer to 'listen live' or to an archive programme.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... Pure didn't upgrade the firmware to support two alarms like the...
It's a pity that Pure didn't upgrade the firmware to support two alarms like the newer version.
Published 4 days ago by Richard Perrott
4.0 out of 5 stars Works we'll
Works great in our kitchen. Sometimes the screen touch doesn't react as quickly as I'd like. Easy to set up.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 9 months ago by Raysur52
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
It is so much better than a squeaking, snarling radio where you have to play human antennae!! Worth every penny!
Published 11 months ago by Irina Hensgen
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I've had the Pure Sensia since it came out. It looks great, I have mine in the kitchen but more importantly for someone with basic tech skills, it is easy to navigate. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ninjapiano'smum
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The radio is just perfect it was easy to set up the internet connection and tune in the radio stations.
Published 15 months ago by Melvyn Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and over hyped
This DAB radio does not live up to it's hype.The sound is very good, but that is the only positive thing.
The touch screen is very difficult to operate. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martin Elson
5.0 out of 5 stars My second Sensia.
I have been using a black one for ages in the conservatory and decided that a yellow one would look nice in the kitchen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Ewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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