It’s a similar story with Internet radio stations. Once you’re connected you can browse the available stations in a variety of ways including by genre, location, popularity, or simply by searching. Rifling through the long lists of options and inputting text for searches is made as easy as possible by the quality controls and screen but even they have their limitations. It is instead easiest to use what is undoubtedly the Flow’s trump card; The Lounge.
This online portal allows you to manage all your favourite radio stations, podcasts, and PURE Sounds (I’ll explain more about the latter in a moment). The great thing being that you can use the full extent of you mouse and keyboard to quickly locate your favourites and organise them, creating custom folders and generally customising everything just as you like. It really does make all the difference.
As for those PURE sounds, these are another trademark of Pure’s radios. They’re basically a collection of sound effects like whales calling, birds tweeting, and waves crashing on a beach (as well as less pleasant ones like engine noises, howling wind, and an electric typewriter) that you can use just for background ambience or as a gentle way to wake you up. There are over 80 different sounds to choose from so no matter how obscure your fancy dress party you should always have an appropriate selection of noises to set the tone.
As mentioned earlier, sound quality is not one of the Pure Evoke range’s strong points. Volume is adequate for the kind of use this radio would see and clarity is also plenty good enough to do spoken word programmes, lightweight pop and classical music justice. However, bass is decidedly lacking so rock, dance, RNB, and any other more complex and full bodied genres of music do sound a bit weedy.
The stunningly simple design of Pure’s radios has seldom failed to impress us and this latest Evoke Flow is a perfect example of that. Something that is doubly impressive considering the wealth of features it packs in. Quite simply, if you want an easy to use, lightweight, and well made Internet/DAB/FM radio and music streamer, this is the one to get!
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