The Pure One Classic Series II has the same audio style as its predecessor and most of Pure’s one-speaker boxes. It’s warm, relatively bassy and handles the limited quality of DAB radio with ease. Many DAB stations are broadcast at criminally low bitrates, making digital artefacting horribly apparent when piped through analytical or trebly speakers.
The sound signature blasts away the slightly nasal sound that small kitchentop radios can suffer from, but be sure to keep your expectations sensible. There’s just a single 3in driver to deal out tunes and spoken word broadcasts, and it does sound conspicuously small when compared to larger systems, or Pure’s bigger Elite models. It won’t replace your hi-fi, or even a mini system, but let it do its job on home turf and it’s great – in the kitchen, bedroom or conservatory the One Classic Series II offers a solid compromise between price, size and sound quality.
Unlike the last Pure radio we tested, the Pure One Flow, this box offers some basic equalisation settings too with customisable bass and treble levels. We found the standard setting adequate, but if you listen exclusively to spoken word stations like BBC Radio 4, you may want to turn the bass down a tad as it can make some people sound a tad muffled.
So the Pure One Classic Series II is a pretty good all-rounder but there are obstacles ahead of it, and the most dangerous are – at the moment – its predecessors. The amendments made in this “Series II” adjustment are not essential, while the falling price of the old guard makes buying one while they’re still around seem very attractive. You can nab the first-gen Elite model for five pounds less than the Series II at present, and we’d rather have the sound quality improvements of its dual-speaker system than the rather limited recording skills of the Listen Later feature.
This temptation will only be around for a short while, of course, as the final stocks of the previous-gen models are dished out. Pure’s key rival Roberts offers a few models worth considering too, such as the Gemini 45, but we can’t help but favour Pure in most cases – for its warm sound signature and less stick-in-the-mud design.
This Classic Series II model in the Pure One range isn’t a huge upgrade from its predecessor, and isn’t worth the extra if you already own a last-gen model. In addition to live radio pausing, the Series II adds basic recording. However, the many positives of the original are still here too. Good sound quality and simple operation make this one of the best kitchentop radios you’ll find.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 8