The Pure One Flow is cheaper than the Evoke Flow, but it uses the same basic speaker arrangement. There’s a single 3in full-range driver, firing out of the front grill. No tweeter, no bass radiator – it’s a very simple setup.
Like most of Pure’s radios, though, it performs very well, considering. It has the warm, surprisingly bassy sound that we’ve come to know and love over the years of listening to the company’s DAB boxes. The sound is still small-scale – not a hi-fi-replacement – but it doesn’t have the very boxy, traditional worktop radio sound we heard recently in the Roberts Wave 105.
Its fun, bouncy sound works well with music and isn’t too harsh on the lower-quality stations doing the rounds on the DAB spectrum – some use such a low bit-rate as to be all-but unlistenable. Some voice-only broadcasts can make the One Flow sound a little too bass-driven – a tiny bit muffled – but it’s one of the best-sounding models of its size. It’s a pity there are no equalisation options available here, as having some basic control over bass and treble levels could have solved this small issue.
Switching frequently between DAB, FM and Internet stations during our testing, we did find that the maximum volume varied dynamically depending on the source. DAB is a little quiet in comparison to many net stations, which might become a problem if it has to contend with the sound of DIY or an extractor fan (if, like us, you enjoy a spot of DAB while cooking). It is a little louder than its Roberts rival, and at least on-par with other small radios.
If you need greater volume, it’s worth considering a slightly larger radio, such as the Kogan Deluxe. Such a device comes with its own set of limitations, though – lack of portability, no battery-power potential, and the sheer size makes it unsuitable for many situations.
As a companion to another hi-fi, used for casual listening, days out and afternoons in the garden, the Pure One Flow is an absolute winner. It’s cheaper than most of its rivals, offers a largely-comprehensive spread of radio features and sounds pretty good too. It doesn’t deserve a spotlit position on a mantelpiece like the Evoke Flow – and as that model is available from some retailers for as little as £30 more, consider whether it might be a better bet. If you consider looks to be considerations of shallow folk though, the One Flow is one of the best-value DAB/Internet combos around.
DAB veteran Pure has once again come up with the goods. The Pure One Flow doesn’t look anywhere near as snazzy as the dashing Evoke Flow, but it has all its key features, at a significantly lower price. Thousands of internet radio stations and podcasts are at your fingertips, while there are DAB and FM tuners on-hand too, should you venture away from a Wi-Fi zone. Pure is gearing-up with its own online features too, letting you buy tracks directly from the device. It doesn’t have Spotify streaming like Logitech’s internet radios, but the One Flow offers superb all-round flexibility.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 8