If you’re living in the USA, there’s a chance you haven’t even heard of Pure before, but even so, it’s a British brand that’s well known for their well engineered, solid DAB radios (DAB does not exist inAmerica).
Overview and Features
When we say that the device has a solid design, you might get the wrong impression in the sense that it’s bland, and while the company is better known for their wooden, hefty, classic designs, the new range of devices by Pure is a noticeable exception.
That doesn’t mean that it’s not a Pure device in terms of built quality, no, the built quality is as good as every product this company had to offer, not to mention the DAB system is pretty clean and user friendly and there’s also FM available (in case you live in an area where DAB isn’t available or is just too weak to tune into). This device however also has a dock connector, so you’re given the option to charge as well as play music from your iPod and iPhone, even from your iPad. The dock connector isn’t positioned on top, which is convenient since the connected devices would otherwise be unsupported, instead, you press the corner of the panel (right next to where it says Pure) and the dock rotates out nicely. The tiny rubber nub positioned about halfway up the speaker acts as a rest for your iPod or your iPhone, to lean against in order to feel a bit more secure. The same applies to the iPad as well, the whole setup feeling pretty balanced.
While the remote has an interesting characteristic, namely, the fact that it latches magnetically into a recess on the rear, it’s not that well designed. The button grid isn’t all that well spaced, so it’s difficult to properly identify the buttons just by touch.
The Pure Contour 100Di delivers clean and clear audio performance, but mostly at low volumes. Should you decide to increase the volume, it starts to feel a bit thin and light when playing music and while it doesn’t have any real issues, it’s still a little disappointing. This device makes a great speaker dock or radio that you can use in the bedroom or your lounge, and keep in mind you can hook up an iPad to it.
The Pure Contour 100Di delivers good sound quality as well as a good DAB system. Its design is both appealing and solidly built.
There aren’t really a lot of things we were disappointed with when it comes to this device, but the remote could definitely be better than it currently is.
While you can easily add digital radio stations to almost every dock with the aid of an app (Tuneln Radio, for example), but it’s somewhat refreshing to get rid of that hassle and simply have the possibility to switch on the radio whenever you wish as opposed as accessing it via an app. We’re pretty keen on this device, especially since it boasts nice specs; it’s fairly well designed as well as solidly built.