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Pure Jongo A140B

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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.

Pure Jongo A140B Design

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.

Pure Jongo A140B Wireless

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.

Pure Jongo A140B Features

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?


January 7, 2013, 4:32 pm

how is it different or better than Applet TV or Apple AirPort Express?

Ian Howat

January 7, 2013, 7:14 pm

For people who don't use apple it is significantly different.!

Wayne Jones

January 8, 2013, 12:09 am

It's more expensive than Apple's airport express solution. What more does it offer? Can I change what music is playing in a specific room using my phone, like I can at the moment?

Wayne Jones

January 8, 2013, 12:16 am

Airport express is fully compatible with mswindows :-)


January 8, 2013, 10:17 am

This is a multi room solution like SONUS.

David Zimmermann

January 8, 2013, 12:12 pm

Only advantage over airplay is that is has a digital out. its more expensive and still relies on a third party app. airplay just works is cheap and with the addition of airfoil on a pc can play from anything on your computer. The only limitations are not bieng able to stream from an android device and not bieng able to stream to multiple speakers from an idevice.

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