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Roberts CRD37 vs PURE Chronos II CD,
This review is from: Roberts Radios Stereo Clock Radio With CD Bookmark (Electronics)
Initially purchased the PURE Chronos CD II as I wanted a Radio Alarm clock that would do everything. I already have a PURE DAB radio so I knew that the pedigree was pretty good. Unfortunately when I got the unit home I discovered that PURE had cut back on quality on the CD. The DAB and alarm funtionality was great but I also wanted the CD to play MP3's and at a low level. The previous version of the Chronos CD did play MP3 encoded CD's but not this one despite several websites saying to the contrary. I had to phone PURE support to check and they said it was a cost/licensing issue not to support MP3 CD's???? Aside from this the CD is unlistenable to a very low volume levels because the CD mechanism itself is just so noisy, with a constant whirring hum and a regular click. In the end I took the unit back and swopped it for the Roberts CRD37 and this was possibly the best move I have made. Apart from the small, hard to see buttons and the strange font on the display this Roberts outclasses the PURE in every department. YES, even in the radio area with a half size aerial. The CD mechanism is now silent and the sound quality is excellent (for a small radio alarm clock) even without any tone controls. To anyone who is in the market for a DAB, CD Alarm clock that plays CD MP3's then I recommend this higher than the PURE.
PURE have now released a mini Hifi which also funtions as a radio alarm clock and supports MP3 CD's, but this is a 3 box solution, not great for a small bedside table.