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Pure Evoke-1S Marshall - Pure Evoke-1S Marshall

By Edward Chester

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Alarm, Sleep and Timer modes are also available and you can have either a beep or a radio station come on when the time's right. Sadly this radio doesn't include Pure's selection of real-world sounds for you to also choose from. These include peaceful background noises like whale calls and running water or more alarming tones like pneumatic drills and chainsaws – always useful for a murder themed party! Neither does it have Pure's clever snooze feature whereby you tap the touch sensitive metal handle to activate this mode.

As well as volume and tuning dials, and the six preset buttons, there are buttons for cycling through source (DAB, FM, Auxiliary input), changing the displayed information, the timer modes, and the Menu. When in menus or cycling through lists, the tuning knob is used to move through your options. In the menu you can access information sent out along with the radio signal; things like what tune's playing, who's presenting, etc. There are also options for turning the radio's power saving features on and off, adjusting the display brightness, retuning the radio, changing language (English, French, German, and setting the clock.

Above the controls sits a yellow on black OLED display with a resolution of 128 x 22 very square pixels. It's bright, sharp, and incredibly easy to read, no matter what angle you view it from. It also refreshes quickly so can show smooth scrolling text, with none of the judder you sometimes get.

In a nod to rock and roll folk lore (namely Spinal Tap), Pure has made the volume dial turn all the way up to 11, though we're fairly sure it's just as loud as 10 on a normal Evoke-1S. Another brand tie-in is that the radio defaults to PlanetRock when turned on, you can however change this to whatever station you like – just change the 1st preset.

All told, it's a wonderfully easy to use set of controls. Indeed, this is why we've praised so highly Pure radios in the past – they are just a joy to use.

Our enthusiasm isn't quite so unreserved when it comes to the Pure Evoke-1S Marshall's sound quality. Overall volume is surprisingly powerful and remains undistorted all the way up to 11 – certainly there's enough volume on tap to fill most rooms of a modest family home. It also produces a nice full tone, with a surprising amount of bass presence, however the Achilles heel is a slightly muffled sound. It's fine for most everyday listening but if you throw something challenging and complex at it, the intricacies do get rather lost. Combined with a £30 premium for the Marshall branded version over the standard Evoke-1S and there's no question this radio doesn't offer great value. However, that's not to say we don't like it or think it's worth a punt. If you're willing to take the £30 on the nose as a novelty tax then the radio itself more than justifies its price.

Verdict

The Pure Evoke-1S Marshall is undoubtedly a novelty gift with styling that is sure to divide opinion. It's also a tad expensive but if you or someone you know is into their guitars/music, you're highly likely to be very pleased with the performance you get from it. It's easy to use, looks great if you're into that sort of thing, is well built, and sounds pretty decent too, though they could've just made 10 louder.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Features 7
  • Design 8

piesforyou

August 27, 2010, 3:25 pm

Expensive is an under-statement! I wouldn't pay 20 quid for DAB, even if it does look like a guitar amp.

Jones

August 27, 2010, 3:39 pm

Is this a new model? Or has it just taken an age to getting one through the door for review? I only ask as my mate has had one for a couple of years now!





From experience (and poor memory), I used to use it around the flat whenever he disappeared for a weekend. Does its thing as well as can be expected - the "cool" factor of having a Marshal DAB amp/radio is debatable but the sound quality was as good as any other DAB I have listened too.

Nick Rosemeyer

August 27, 2010, 4:30 pm

Regarding the volume, this model DOES go up to 11. It´s louder than 10.

Chris

August 27, 2010, 11:04 pm

@Jones: Yes, the Evoke-1XT Marshall has been around since 2006:


http://www.pure.com/press/rele...





This is the newer Evoke-1S.

Chris

August 27, 2010, 11:41 pm

@Nick Rosemeyer: As Keanu Reeves would say, there is no 11. It's just a kitsch homage, which is perhaps entirely fitting.





Pure have painted 0 to 11 around the volume knob, but the knob itself is a continually turning rotary encoder, rather than a potentiometer. The numbers are meaningless - the regular Evoke-1S just has + and - symbols. See the video review at 1:55 to see what I mean.





It takes the cool away a bit though, like a hot hatch with a false exhaust.

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