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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy contender, 10 Aug 2012
This review is from: Pure Contour 200i Wireless Digital Music System with AirPlay and Docking Station Speaker for iPad 1 2 3 4 / Iphone 1 2 3 3gs 4 4s / Ipod Touch Classic Nano (Electronics)
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There's fierce competition in the airplay market right now and Pure, a leading DAB brand have turned their considerable skills to good effect. The Contour 200i will play directly from a docked iPod/iPhone or iPad, an auxillary source or from any Airplay product (Apple devices or a PC with iTunes plugged in to a router). Whichever method you decide on, the set-up is very easy, even with Airplay. I have used many Airplay docks I can honestly say that this dock is one of the easiest to establish the initial link with (several of the competitor docks are very complicated to set up and drop the connection very easily, even in the high-end range). There is no LED display on the unit and it communicates via a multicoloured light - handily a guide to the colours is printed on the base (so there is no need to keep an instruction booklet nearby). After many hours of testing the Contour 200i it never dropped the connection once and easily switched from a docked iPhone to an Airplay iPad or the PC (via a wireless router cabled to the PC) with ease (you need to stop playing the other other device first).

The sound outperforms similar priced products. It's capable of party level music, with out any distortion whatsoever. The Contour 200i is not scared of bass, delivering a pounding vibe from club, dance, pop etc. Nu-metal and alternative played well, although some of the vocals where not as crisp as higher end Beats or Bose players as bass impeded vocals on a few tracks (those with deep vocals). The Pure is significantly cheaper though, so hear them first if you'll be playing predominantly guitar based music. Buyers looking to play mainstream music should be delighted with the output.

It's easy to place in the room due to the curved footprint and is smaller than the cheaper units, which use a larger size to compensate for poorer technology. No cables other then the power supply are required. As with all Airplay docks there are no visible wi-fi aerials.

Pure do supply an App {Pure Lounge) for Apple devices giving access to internet radio, an option to buy music, and oddly, bird noises and ambient sounds. The Pure Lounge doesn't scale on iPads where it looks fairly awful and the logging system is remarkably unhelpful if you forget your password. These niggles aside, there is some handy catch-up radio available on demand and it removes the need for a DAB radio too.

It includes a fairly basic remote which is usual for these products. The iPhone/iPod case needs to be fairly flush should you want to dock it in the case. It does charge the devices whilst docked.

Sitting mid-range this is a solid choice, an all rounder with the option of cranking it up without loss of quality. A welcome addition to the household.
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