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Could have been a winner
on 7 August 2009
Style , good looks, build quality, lots of features, speaker sound quality, ipod compatability, but oh dear...
I live in a good reception area and have never had problems with other hifi equipment however, the FM reception of the Pure-Fi Dream is woefully poor and there is no external ariel or connector to plug one in.
The main problem seems to be the housebrick of a power supply unit and cable which cause horrendous FM reception interference. The manual says that ensuring no coiling in the cable will prevent this, it doesn't. Remember the days of balancing on top of the wardrobe to try and find the best place for the TV ariel ? Yes, then you get my point. The PSU and cable also picks up interference when near other electrical items or cables.
I had intended the unit would sit on my bedside table, one of its main uses after all is meant to be as a radio alarm clock however, to recieve a good FM signal and avoid interference I have had to site it on the far side of the bedroom. Consequently I can't read the time on the display and, unless I can get in a good shot with a slipper, cannot activate the motion control function.
As a great looking and sounding ipod dock the Pure-Fi Dream ticks all the right boxes, but in this price range so do many others. Unfortunately the combined reception and interference problems take the gloss off what could have been a superb package.
I think for the overall quality and price of this product the inclusion of DAB might have been expected.
If you want an FM radio alarm I would not recommend this unit unless you can guarantee a good reception / interference free site. I think I will probably use the Pure-Fi Dream elsewhere in the house and look for a simple DAB radio alarm.