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Not exactly perfect,
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This review is from: PURE Oasis Flow, Rechargeable Weatherproof DAB/FM/Internet Radio (Electronics)
The Oasis Flow looks great! It is definitely bigger than you expect from having seen the pictures online, and it's weighty. The controls feel robust and of high quality. The battery life seems good enough but it can be better or worse depending on the energy and display settings you use.
Setting up the DAB function is very easy. The device scans for stations automatically and tunes itself with no fuss. If you want to set presets you can do so very quickly by using the on-board controls and the touch-display.
Setting up the wi-fi in order to gain access to The Lounge service is equally straightforward and speedy. You just need to make sure you create an account on The Lounge website through which you can find a lot of material like podcasts and Listen again programs. Make sure you have a well structured favourites folder, as adding material from the radio itself is fiddly and rather annoying.
The feature that took me a while to set up was the Media Player, which works in conjunction with the Flow Server. In order to find the registration key for the server, which you have to download and install, you need to look in a very weird place on the old Lounge website. If you use the new version you will be looking and looking to no avail. When I finally managed to start the server on my Mac, the Oasis Flow immediately connected and picked up all the audio from my iTunes folder. The only audio that I haven't been able to play through the Media Server function is my audio books. This might be due to the fact that the audio books are rather large audio files or perhaps the way they are formatted prevents the Oasis from accessing them.
The audio quality is much better than any analogue radio I've ever heard. It claims to be stereo and I'm sure the actual DAB receiver is. However, there is obviously only one speaker in the radio enclosure so you will only ever hear MONO from the device itself. However, you can listen to radio in stereo if you plug your headphones in.
As PURE have tried to make sure the listeners are able to enjoy a full range sound, the bass coming out of this little box is rather impressive but for some applications it can become unpleasant. Listening to the news with so much bass can be very tiring indeed. Disappointingly, there is no way you can alter the sonic qualities of the device. On the other hand there are three separate controls that allow you to alter the display settings. Clearly PURE got their priorities wrong somehow. Even if they offered an equalizer with 3 presets to allow some sort of control over what's coming out of that speaker would be better than nothing. Although to be fair they have a setting called Dynamic Range. Not sure what it does exactly. I'd call it Muffle Amount control as when you turn it off the sound becomes a little clearer.
Overall, I'm happy with the product but I have given it four stars because:
A. Lack of audio control. No equalizer of any sort.
B. Browsing the menus is a bit clunky at the moment.
So there is definitely room for improvement.