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This review is from: Pure Contour 200i Air Wireless Digital Music System with AirPlay and Dock for iPod/iPhone/iPad (Electronics)
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For sure, Pure have built a sound reputation. But for a brand best known for its DAB digital radios, here is a simple speaker dock, plug in and play, wirelessly or wired with the Pure Lounge app allowing streamed internet radio access.
Functionality is basic even allowing for the bonus of Airplay; no tone controls, bass boost or sound manipulation such as surround or wide. An on/off, mute and volume + / - are top mounted and that's it. Maybe here we have true pure hi-fi?
The dome design has a relatively slim width but it's still a large footprint of 36cm on your desk or shelf and there's no mistaking the PURE branding on the dock face. It's easy to connect too should you Ethernet it direct or press the wifi button on the back. A mini remote control has the usual commands but is particular about position to get the unit to pick up the button selects. Often a few irritable clicks later you may get it to do what you ask.
As there is no display, keep the thick every- language-known-to-man-manual to hand to decipher what the red / blue / white / pink / blue and green / cyan / amber lights that indicate the mode (ipod / Airplay etc), and that is if you really recognise what colour cyan is! You can lift up the unit to see the list too but it's not that lightweight and when it's plugged in, it is a pain. And when you are clicking through via the only means to control it: the remote, it is just a faff. Sure you will get used to it but until then....
So to the crunch, how does it sound? And how does it sound for the price?
Pure have long been darlings of the hi-fi press and a recent What Hi-Fi review gave it a glowing 4 out of 5 stars and claiming it was detailed and exciting to listen to, if a little coarse. They always say too that your ears are king, so judge for yourself. Well to these royal ears, the Pure manages simply to keep the sound embedded in the unit - and that is not a compliment to its abilities. It's also muddy and added to the contained sound offers little room or ear filling capacity. Yes it will go loud, very loud but this adds to the muddle. There are Logitech and even Sony docks at more than half the price that sound bigger and more engaging than this low fi effort. It is just poor for its size and you will not get any stereo imagery; it sounds as if it has a bag stuffed over it and yes it has been taken out of its packaging wrapper.
If you are considering spending this sort of money on what should be a premium dock, even allowing for the convenience of Airplay, think very carefully. At least demo it with your music in a high street shop.
It is not pure and it certainly isn't Pure as we have come to know them. Basic and for the money there is little to recommend.