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Pure One Mini Series II - Sound Quality, Value and Verdict
The Pure One Mini Series II uses a single 3in driver, to handle the whole frequency spectrum. However, so do several of Pure's larger classic models, including the Evoke 1-S and Evoke Flow.
Pure has supplied the One Mini with surprisingly good sound quality, given its size and low price. It's less bassy than some larger Pure models, but that's too be expected when there's precious little extra room in this little box to act as a speaker cabinet. Balanced and punchy, this little DAB is perfect for any low-key situation. Whether listening to the news while cooking or some music while relaxing outside, the One Mini is a great solution - especially if you splash out on the additional battery.
Bear in mind though that the volume and scale of sound are necessarily limited. It performs very well given its form factor, but you're expecting too much if you want it to fill a room with lush sound or power a party. It asserts its presence in the mid-range - there's not masses of refined high-end detail (which the DAB signal often doesn't supply anyway) or much of a low-end bassy thump.
The portable DAB radio seems to have hit a plateau. Several are available for under £50 now, and most all-new models tend to venture into internet radio territory. However, the Pure One Mini Series II offers the smallest footprint of any big-name budget DAB radio we've covered - itself a highly attractive feature if space is at a premium.
Add in the low price, reasonably-priced optional battery and good sound quality and the One Mini appears quite the bargain. If you can stomach the extra cash, the Evoke 1S offers a more attractive design and warmer sound, but we do think this second series model represents a significant upgrade over the original 2008 One Mini.
Although this Series II model is primarily an aesthetic upgrade over the original Pure One Mini, it's a worthwhile one that solves a pair of that model's problems. It no longer looks or feel cheap or tacky - so while the sound quality may not have improved, the desirability factor has.
The scale and volume of the radio's output are a little limited, but the sound is otherwise well-balanced and punchy. On its own, it's a great affordable radio that won't take up the whole work surface in your kitchen. Matched with the B1 battery pack (which sells for around £25), it's a great diddy device for a holiday, picnic or road trip.
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- Sound Quality