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Pure Contour 200i Wireless Digital Music System with AirPlay and Docking Station Speaker for iPad 1 2 3 / Iphone 1 2 3 3gs 4 4s / Ipod Touch Classic Nano
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- Apple AirPlay for wireless music streaming from iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or iTunes on PC/Mac
- Dock for iPod, iPhone and iPad enables you to charge your device, or play content without using AirPlay
- 36W RMS digital quality sound
- Free iOS Lounge app for thousands of internet radio stations and on-demand content
- Multiroom audio solution via iTunes
- NOT COMPATIBLE WITH IPAD AIR OR IPHONE 5 ONWARDS - ONLY UP TO IPAD 3 AND IPHONE 4S - THIS HAS THE OLD 30 PIN CONNECTOR
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|Item Dimensions||19 x 37.1 x 22.9 cm||9.5 x 24 x 15.5 cm||19.8 x 8.9 x 19.8 cm||8 x 25 x 6.3 cm||—||28 x 19.8 x 23.8 cm|
|Item Weight||3.9 kg||1.45 kg||—||0.54 kg||0.79 kg||1.69 kg|
|Special Feature||Wireless||Apple Docking||Apple Docking||Scratch Resistant Metallic Surface||Apple Docking||Apple Docking|
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Contour 200i Air – Don’t just play it, AirPlay it
Contour 200i Air is a compact, powerful digital music system featuring Apple’s wireless streaming technology, AirPlay, Pure Stream* for wireless streaming of radio and music via the Pure Connect app on Android or iOS devices, and a dock for your iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Easy to use and with a room-filling sound, Contour 200i Air also includes a digital output, remote control and input for other audio sources.
Setting up your Contour 200i Air to use AirPlay takes just a few simple steps if you are connecting to your network with a wireless connection or via an Ethernet cable.
Once an AirPlay connection is set up, using AirPlay is really easy, you simply select what you want to listen to on your Apple device and you'll hear it on your Contour 200i Air.
To set up a multiroom wireless speaker system, simply put a Contour 200i Air in any room and you can send audio to them all simultaneously from iTunes.
All the Music You Want, Whenever You Want
AirPlay is Apple's standard for streaming high quality music and other media over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly to Contour 200i Air from a compatible iPod, iPhone or iPad or from iTunes on your computer using a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. AirPlay enables both the streaming of high quality audio plus two-way synchronisation – change volume on one device and the level is mirrored on the other.
If you have the iOS Pure Connect app you can also use AirPlay to stream all the Pure Connect content to your Contour 200i Air. If you use iTunes, AirPlay can also stream to multiple systems in multiple rooms.
The Pure Connect app brings millions of tracks, thousands of radio stations, and more to your Contour 200i Air, wirelessly using Pure Stream, or by docking your Apple device. Available free of charge and with versions suitable for both iOS and Android devices, the Pure Connect app gives you free access to thousands of internet radio stations, on demand programmes, podcasts, audiobooks and more, tracks stored locally on your device, as well as a huge catalogue of tracks via the Pure Music** subscription service.
To make sure you get the most from your music, Contour 200i Air has been engineered to deliver 36W RMS of highly detailed audio with twin bass ports helping to provide a rich rounded sound. The built-in dock supports most iPod, iPhone and iPad models and enables you to charge your device and control playback using the supplied remote control.
Other features include easy network connection setup, an input for connecting other audio devices, and a digital output for connecting to an external amplifier or hi-fi system.
*Suitable for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad running iOS 5 or above. Free Pure Connect app required.
**Currently available in the UK. See www.pure.com/availability for services in other regions.
Contour 200i Air
Mains power supply
3 year warranty card
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Nice little remote, good for stopping the music in kids party games :)
**Air Play Update** [If you're experiencing connectivity issues with AirPlay and have an active microwave oven within 6 metres of the Contour 200i Air (or your iPhone/iPad) the microwave may well be the cause. Microwave ovens emit radio waves/radiation that has a very similar frequency to WiFi and will disrupt WiFi connectivity. I tested the Contour 200i Air with an iPhone 4S and an 800w Microwave that was 4 metres away from the speaker. I streamed audio to the speaker using AirPlay without any problem, then switched on the microwave and within 4 seconds the AirPlay connection failed. I could not reconnect AirPlay to the speaker, until I had powered the Contour 200i Air off and on again. So be careful where you situate your speaker if it is in or very near a kitchen. Note, this connectivity problem is not specific to the Contour 200i Air, all WiFi signals are disrupted by nearby microwaves]
The speaker is solidly built, compact (37 x 23 x 17cm), made to a very high specification. It's matte black in colour, bisected by a silver band that houses the buttons. The solid back houses the Ethernet port, 3.5mm Audio in, DC power input, WiFi setup button and a digital coax connector. The front is made of speaker fabric under which are housed the two 9cm drive units (rated at 18W RMS each), between which protrudes a shallow tray on which is the standard Apple dock connector. On the underside between shallow sturdy rubberised feet are two downward firing bass ports. Location of the unit effects the quality of the bass - placed on fabric the bass will be more muted, placed on a solid hollow object (kitchen cabinet) the bass will have more resonance.
The silver band has a Power/Standby on the left and a mute, volume up and volume down on the right. Even if powered "off" the unit wakes up when selected as an AirPlay source. iPhone 4S and 3GS and a first generation iPad all seated easily but firmly, resting against the speaker grill. iPhone 4 bumpers and Apple iPad 1 cases will need to be removed to ensure secure docking. iPhone 3GS dock with a slim case.
There is a coloured LED at the bottom left hidden under the speaker fabric which lights up on activation and shows the speaker status by colour and solid or flashing lights.
Power is provided by a separate block with a fixed approximately 1m cord that plugs into the speaker and a shorter interchangeable UK/European plug lead. A small remote is supplied which provides, stop, play, pause, skip forward and back, menu and volume controls - this only works on docked devices and doesn't work over AirPlay
Setup is incredibly easy, simply power up the speaker, dock your IOS device, press the WiFi button at the back of the speaker for 1 second, and when prompted on your IOS device, confirm you want to share your connection information and your speaker now has you network security and network configuration. You can also use the speakers built in web interface by pressing the speakers WiFi button for 5 seconds to put it in server mode for manual setup. The web interface allows greater configuration of network settings and the renaming of the AirPlay name. Either method will ensure your speaker is instantly available for AirPlay. It is important to ensure your speaker has access to the Internet via your router as this is how it will automatically update it's firmware and sound profile.
Voice reproduction is better even than Pure's excellent Evoke 3, providing an uncomplicated, mellow sound which maintains the original voices timbre and detail. It handles pop and rock music with ease, from Jessie J's "Domino" through Professor Green's "Read all about it" to Rush's "Spirit of Radio" it romps along providing a driving bass but never swamping out the other frequencies. I found myself replaying tracks to listen to hidden detail I just could not hear on my other speakers. The speaker is just at home with classical music, showing restraint for the quieter pieces and dynamic energy for the more forte pieces. It's full of life with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" never loosing the pace and individual elements.
I tested AirPlay with a mid range Netgear single band N router and an iPhone 4S, 3GS and iPad (all IOS 5.1.1) . There is a 3-4 second buffer delay after selecting an AirPlay source before the audio starts. There was no discernible difference in quality with a docked IOS device. Over the entire week I only experienced one dropout (loss of connectivity), and that was probably due to environmental factors.
The Contour 200i Air which I initially purchased shipped with pre release firmware, which had a very bass heavy, booming audio profile and experienced intermittent AirPlay disconnection. So I returned the speaker and posted a one star review. I was contacted by Pure who explained this was a firmware issue and tried again with a new speaker updated with the new firmware. The new firmware made a dramatic improvement, so if you already have a Contour 200i Air I highly recommend that you connect it to the internet to allow the system to upgrade the firmware.
The Contour 200i Air provides a exceptional full balanced sound for such a small foot print. It proved excellent for voice, pop, rock and classical. Prepare to re-listen to your music to find detail you had never heard before. AirPlay works very well, allowing you to still use your iPad whilst streaming music to the speakers.
Thoroughly recommended, five stars.
First of all, I got this because of the AirPlay functionality, and I'm keeping it because it actually works, even though my wireless router is a bit far off in another room. I found that a couple of times when connection was not flawless it was due to slow internet connection (which made my Apple TV slow to resend the sound data to the device) rather than anything else. Besides my router is crap and still most of the time the connection is excellent. Connection always seems to be best with a computer, Apple TV or iPad. With iPhone, not quite the same. The sound gets interrupted sometimes. I'm putting it down to the iPhone (mine is 4S) which probably is not as fast as other devices and cannot handle the relay of data. I imagine newer phones (5 and future generations) will be better equipped to handle this.
Second. The quality of sound. I was blown away when I first tried it. The sound is clear and completely fills the room. Perhaps this is not enough for musicians who have professional knowledge of sound equipment, but is more than I expected and I am a bit finicky about my speakers and headphones.
Third. It looks beautiful with an iPod, iPhone or iPad docked. I have an old iPod which I no longer use cause I carry all my music in my iPhone, so I just leave it permanently docked. The device readily recognises which device is playing, the one docked or the one over the AirPlay and switches swiftly from one to another.
Now, for the downside. I had half a mind to knock one star down because there's no bluetooth connection with this thing, which is a shame, cause it's always good to have an option and it would make the device compatible with more products besides apple. Of course, you can always use the auxiliary cable provided and plug in any other device, but that's not really ideal. However, especially considering the price + all other pros (and the fact that the AirPlay actually functions) I'm very happy with my purchase. Totally recommend it if you can do without bluetooth for a wireless connection.
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