- Big sound
- Easy to use
- Lets you pause radio
- Listen Later is limited
Review Price £84.95
There's a space between your personal MP3 player and your Hi-Fi system. It's a space where there's plenty of room for radios, iPod docks and DAB-enabled alarm clocks. This is where the Pure One Elite Series II lives, and it's great at filling with sound those parts of your house where your main Hi-Fi isn't.
Although it bears the Elite tag, the Pure One Elite Series II isn't really a top-end model in Pure's line-up, at least in feature and price terms. It doesn't have internet radio, doesn't use the high-end materials of an Evoke or Mio model and sells for well under a hundred pounds. However, the great thing about this model is that it has the dual-speaker setup of Pure's top models, giving it full stereo sound.
Like all the other Pure One models, the Elite Series II is made of plastic. It has a matt soft touch finish to stop it looking too cheap and tacky, but it's functional rather than luxurious. There's a hint of retro to its curves and giant speaker grills, and it's a little more rounded than its dinky brother the One Classic Series II.
Other than the second speaker and the bigger bod, the Elite radio is very similar to the smaller Classic in its features and connectivity. It has two tuners, one DAB and one FM, an auxiliary input to let you plug in an MP3 player or smartphone, and can be powered by a battery rather than the supplied 12V adapter.
The One Elite Series II is also available in white
A significant chunk of the Elite Series II's body is taken up by an empty battery compartment, covered by a hinged plastic flap on the back. The battery doesn't come with the radio as standard, but splash out the £30 for a ChargePAK C6L battery and the unit's versatility is boosted massively. Using this rechargeable pack, you'll get a full day's listening - perfect for picnics, BBQs and the like. Pity it's November, eh? Alternatively, it also accepts C-size batteries, although you'll need six of them to power the radio.
The Pure One Elite also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a miniUSB slot. This won't let you play MP3s from a USB stick or external hard drive, though. It's there to let you update the firmware on the device down the line. These sockets, along with the auxiliary input, sit on the right edge of the radio, kept handily out of view when viewed front-on.
There's a nice sense of symmetry to the design of the Elite Series II, the circle of central controls surrounded by the large speaker grills. To our eyes, it's more attractive than the lower-cost offerings from Roberts, perhaps Pure's biggest rivals in the UK. And oddly, the simple looks of the One series translate well to this larger size, where the Evoke range can look somewhat oversized in its larger iterations.