Review Price £99.99
Pure was once known solely as a maker of fine DAB radios, but times are a-changing. In 2012, Pure announced the new Jongo line, which is about bringing wireless and multi-room audio to those who don't fancy forking out for a more expensive Sonos or Teufel setup. The Pure Jongo A140B is a little colourful adapter box that will let you integrate the system into your “dumb” home hi-fi.
The Pure Jongo A140B is a small, friendly-looking plastic box. It's almost disturbingly light, as it doesn't need to pack-in any form of power amplifier or any speaker drivers. This is a middle man, shaking hands with the Jongo wireless system and your non-wireless hi-fi.
One of the stand-out features of the Pure Jongo A140B is something that doesn't affect how it works. It comes in an array of cute two-tone finishes, including orange, mango yellow and lime green. This will help it to stop becoming another anonymous black box in your home audio setup, although a pure black version is available for style sticklers.
The Jongo system works using your home Wi-Fi network, and is controlled using the free-to-download Pure Connect app. With it, you can control multiple Jongo-series devices. This is the first not to include its own speakers. Last year, Pure unveiled the Pure Jongo S340B, a dinky little battery-powered portable speaker, and at this year's CES, we also saw the Pure Jongo T640 wireless audio dock.
Tie together multiple Jongo boxes and you can create a pretty convincing multi-room setup, as long as all devices are in range of the same Wi-Fi network.
The Pure Jongo A140B is the first Jongo-series product that should grab the interest of bonafide audio fanatics, though. It lets high-end audio equipment join the Jongo party, and it seems to back up its potential with its own components too.
As it needs to be able to turn a digital signal into an analogue one for non-digital systems, the Pure Jongo A140B features a 24-bit DAC. It outputs analogue stereo audio through a traditional pair of phono plugs – letting it work with positively ancient hi-fi systems.
If your setup is a little more up-to-date, you can bypass this DAC if you prefer. There are two digital audio outputs, an optical and a coaxial. Using these, the Jongo A140B turns into the most basic of nodes in the Jongo system.
Also on the box's rear is a USB slot, there to enable software updates.
The Pure Jongo A140B will go on sale later this year for £99.99. What do you think – does Jongo offer an attractive replacement for a Sonos system?
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