At CES 2012, Pure revealed new versions of its Sensia and Contour models, complete with improved designs and added features. The Contour 200i Air offers Apple Airplay and the Sensia 200D Connect brings hugely improved performance and a neat new recording feature.
The Sensia is perhaps Pure’s most ambitious radio. It has the Pure staple of DAB, but also offers a large touchscreen, social network integration, internet radio and access to Pure’s new £4.99-a-month Spotify-style streaming service.
We found the first Sensia a bit too sluggish to be fun to use, and its interface somewhat poorly designed. Pure has tried to fix all that in this second-generation 200D model. The interface has been thoroughly re-designed and the radio is equipped with a processor twice as powerful as the original. We tried to give the Sensia a thorough going-over ourselves, but connectivity problems stopped us in our tracks – we’ll investigate further in our full review.
These are fixes that will make the Sensia 200D Connect what it should have been originally, but its new recording feature is a genuinely neat addition. There will be a USB socket on the back of the unit once it’s available, for plugging memory sticks into. You’ll then be able to record programmes from the DAB and internet radio tuners to the stick – up to three recordings can be scheduled at a time.
The Sensia can be controlled with a bundled remote as well as the capacitive touchscreen. You can choose between black and white finishes, the Sensia pumps out 30W RMS and will retail for £249.99 when it goes on sale within the next couple of months.
The Contour 200i Air is a simpler product, but still boasts advanced features. The first Contour was primarily an iPhone and iPod dock, with a cradle that popped-out from the of the unit. This hasn’t disappeared, but the need to use it has, because it now comes complete with Airplay, Apple’s Wi-Fi streaming standard.
The built-in Wi-Fi also lets the dock connect to Pure’s online music service, which offers track purchases and streaming as well as access to internet radio stations. Other tweaks to the original Contour design include new contoured buttons, to make casual operation easier and quicker. The Contour just wasn’t contoured enough, it seems.
Although the Contour 200i Air is a full £50 cheaper than the Sensia at £199.99, it’s more powerful with a 36W RMS amplifier and dual 3.5in drivers. It’s available now.