Pure Evoke Flow

One of the most versatile radios available, the Pure Evoke Flow is great if you like dabbling with all things media and PC related.


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Pure, a British native brand, has taken the market by storm over there and is hoping to replicate its popularity down under. The Evoke Flow is one of the company's most popular models and it's not hard to see and hear why. It's a classy looking digital radio, finished in high gloss piano black and anodised metallic. Layout is simple and so too is getting into its user interface, which is presented on a neat OLED screen with touch-sensitive buttons and a couple of traditional control knobs.

An FM, internet and DAB+ radio it may be, but the Evoke Flow is also a comprehensively equipped media player with excellent Wi-Fi networking support. You can access music stored on your home PC by setting it up via Windows Media Player or Pure's own Flow Server, which is downloadable from its own internet radio portal site called The Pure Lounge. Here you can also gain access to around 9000 radio stations, some 2600 or so podcasts, save and manage your favourites — all done with a simple and free online registration.

When setting up Evoke Flow, we had it streaming music from a desktop PC in a matter of minutes. However, you do need some computer literacy skills to set it up, and the necessary registration is a bit laborious but well worth doing. Using the portal works much like tuning in to a regular internet radio, with a slight pause as the tuner memory buffers up and then gets going.

The extra speakers will set you back another AU$99.
(Credit: Pure)

The Pure's audio quality is best enjoyed with the additional AU$99 S-1 stereo-making speaker, which gives DAB+ reception a much better soundstage and chance to stereo image. While the Evoke Flow can be used on its lonesome as a very handy portable device, the second speaker would definitely be a great attachment when you bring it home. An optional eco-friendly rechargeable battery pack also makes the Evoke Flow go the distance when out and about.

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"Looks great, good features, average sound, buggy"

AntonyS posted a review   
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The Good:All-in-one FM, DAB , Internet radio

The Bad:Average sound quality, firmware

I've had 3 of these. I set it up on the shelf in my kitchen and used it to play FM and internet radio, as well as music streamed from iTunes on my Mac Mini HTPC. It worked really well: easy to set up and flick between functions; although choosing stations and songs from lists of thousands could be easier (hint: use playlists in iTunes).
The speakers were only just OK though. I had the auxiliary speaker which enhanced stereo sound but wouldn't go very loud at all, tended to distort at "high" volumes, and decimated bassy music.
One day a message appeared on the OLED screen indicating that a firmware update was available. I had no choice but to accept the update (it won't let you do anything else), which I did - and it crashed and died halfway through and wouldn't come back to life. After some to-ing and fro-ing with Pure's support guys, I ended up returning it to RYDA (Sydney-based online retailer) who sent another unit which had a hardware fault: distortion through the aux speaker. Sent that back and got another unit with the same problem, so sent that back and got a refund (great service from RYDA - highly recommended).
Just bought a Bose Soundlink bluetooth speaker instead and couldn't be happier: awesome sound quality and I can play anything through it either via bluetooth or the standard 3.5mm speaker cable. Not generally fan of Bose but after listening to it in-store I just had to buy it. Go for one of these and play your iPod/iPhone/PC or cheap radio through it - it's cheaper and will sound 10x better.

 

Annie posted a comment   

When will this be available in Sydney?




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