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PURE Chronos iDock Series II, DAB/FM Stereo Clock Radio with Dock for iPod/iPhone - Black

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  • Digital and FM radio
  • Works with iPhone approval – your guarantee of perfect iPhone compatibility
  • Made for iPod – designed to work with most iPod models
  • Four independent alarm settings, with wake to iPod/iPhone, digital radio, FM or a tone
  • Light sensor adjusts the display brightness to suit the light levels in your room
This product is designed to work with the digital radio standard in the UK only and is supplied with a UK 3-pin plug. The digital radio is not suitable for use outside of the UK. For all warranty claims, the product must be returned to the manufacturer in the UK, at the sender's cost.

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 19.5 x 12.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Item model number: VL-61961
  • ASIN: B002OOWBUW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
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PURE Chronos iDock Series II

The Chronos iDock DAB digital clock radio adds a dash of style to any bedside. Now compatible with the latest iPod and iPhone models, Chronos iDock Series II brings together digital radio and iPod/iPhone docking to give you the best of both worlds.

PowerPort

Alongside the new looks, improved audio from its highly-optimized, 2.5" custom-wound speakers and digital amplifier, and reduced power consumption are improved features including multiple customizable alarms, adjustable sleep and snooze timers, automatic brightness control, and a new PowerPort, providing power for handy USB accessories.

The light sensor automatically adjusts the display brightness to suit the light levels in your room. The date and time are constantly updated from the broadcast signal – even in standby mode.

Chronos iDock Series II has four alarms, each of which can be set for weekdays only, weekends only or as a one-off. A sleep timer allows you to drop off to your favourite station and there’s an adjustable snooze time for an extra lie-in when you deserve it.

Features

  • Digital and FM radio
  • Works with iPhone approval – your guarantee of perfect iPhone compatibility
  • Made for iPod – designed to work with most iPod models
  • Four independent alarm settings, with wake to iPod/iPhone, digital radio, FM or a tone
  • Light sensor adjusts the display brightness to suit the light levels in your room
  • Pure PowerPort for USB accessories
  • Browse and play tracks stored on your iPod/iPhone via remote control
  • Connect an iPod shuffle or other device to the auxiliary input and play directly through the stereo speakers
  • 30 station presets (digital or FM)
  • 3.5mm headphone socket

Box Contains

  • Chronos iDock
  • IPod adaptors
  • Power supply
  • User guide
  • 2 year warranty



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    Colour Name: Black
    I have owned a PURE Chronos iDock Series II for about three weeks now and am generally happy with it. When deciding which product to buy, I compared the sounds of the Series I (the Series II was markedly better) a much cheaper system and a Sony rival. I thought this the best but it is certainly not a living room sound system; the quality is fine for the bedroom but not good enough for elsewhere.

    To set it up, plug in and press the "standby" button (not mentioned in the instructions!) and that's it. The clock, date and DAB radio automatically set themselves up. Once done, there is an extensive and user friendly menu of personal settings. My favourites have been being able to choose different alarm times, settings (i.e. wake up to iPod or a choice radio stations or buzz) and volumes for weekdays and weekends, adjusting the backlight intensity and the sleep modes. I also like the light dimming itself at night thanks to a light sensitive cell, though I would like it to be even dimmer. The iPod is easy to switch to, charges itself and comes back on wherever you last left off. There is a remote supplied should you need it. A real plus is, that if there is a power cut, the Chronos II remembers all your settings.

    Those are the good points but I have had troubles too - the first of which I would like feedback on, please. When the device is on standby, but without an iPod docked, the plug emits a soft but most annoying rattling whine - when the radio is on, or the iPod is attached, the problem disappears. PURE were good enough to send me another plug but there was no change. Has anyone else suffered this problem please?
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    Colour Name: Black
    I wasn't sure about buying another radio from PURE. I returned the PURE AVANTI Flow Table-top Digital Music System I bought last year because it was complicated, didn't work with my iPhone and generally didn't meet my expectations see my review on that here:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B001RTS582/ref=cm_cr_pr_link_next_5?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&pageNumber=6&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending"

    The Chronos iDock is a completely different animal. It's really simple to use. Basically, just switch it on and it will find DAB stations & set the clock automatically. Programming presets is straight forward and switching channels and functions works just like you'd expect. So easy in fact that I haven't had to take the instructions out of the box yet. Even the FM stations have RDS so you can see the name of the station you're listening to. The aerial is a short cord which I haven't even bothered to unwind - the reception is fine as it is.

    The iPhone function works well - with no interference even when I get a message or incoming call. You can control volume & skip/ffwd tracks from the remote. You need to use the iPhone itself to choose playlists and browse aretists/tracks etc.

    There are 2 things that really impressed though (1) the auto-adjusting display changes brightness depending on the ambient lighting in the room. It's uncanny, turn the lights out and you can see it adjusting. It seems to get the level just right every time. I'm using it in the kitchen but it goes dim enough in complete darkness for a bedroom and yet it adjusts to be bright enough to see from across the room in bright daylight. (2) the sound level.
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    The setup was easy. I just had to press the standby button and it set the time, found all the DAB stations, and was ready to go.

    The auto-dimming feature works great and really does dim the clock enough. What a relief!

    It really is iPhone compatible. Phone worked fine, received calls and texts while docked, and also was charged as well. No interference at all from the GSM radio in the phone.

    The sound is as I expected and here in London we get all the DAB stations with no trouble - I didn't even bother to unwind the antenna.

    I am not sure about the UI with respect to setting alarms. There are a number of buttons to press but luckily you can set up 4 alarms, each one being either every day, week day or weekend. I won't repeat the rest of the manual here.

    My only concern so far is that the main knob seems slightly flimsy. Not sure about that yet.
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    Pure seem to have listened to most of the criticisms surrounding the previous version. The device looks nicer. The display is sharp and clear with a wide field of view making it just fine to look at during the night without having to raise/move your head. The display can be set to your desired level of brightness, or left on auto, which does a nice job of adjusting itself based on an ambient light sensor. Buttons have a nice, soft touch, and are easy to press, so you no longer move the unit when you want to press something (that's what stopped me from buying the previous model). It has a central adjustment knob for selecting/changing things that's quick and easy to use. iPod function works fine as does the remote. Even though Pure pride themselves on low power consumption, the device can be unplugged entirely without affecting the preset/preferences set, which is something I like as I only need it at night - the clock will set in 2 seconds when plugged back in. The sound itself is ideal for bedside listening.

    Niggles:

    The 'powerport' which is located on the top surface could do with having a cover on it as I'm sure it will slowly fill up with dust over time if it's not used.

    The buttons should have been backlit as it's impossible to see them at night. Choosing a different radio preset becomes a real problem if you're like me and wake up in the night and want to listen to the radio. You can use the remote to change stations, but not presets, so if you receive a lot of DAB channels you'll have to click the button quite a few times until you find the one you want.

    Using the remote to control the iPod is mostly fine, except if you have a large collection and want to use the search function.
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