Pure Evoke C-F6

The Herald Magazine - - ETC - Pure Evoke C-F6, £299 (pure.com) SEAN DIMMOCK sean.dimmock@gmail.com Twit­ter: @se­andim­mock

What is it?

An all-in-one au­dio de­vice that caters for most mu­sic sources.

Like many peo­ple I gave up on com­pact discs and ra­dio a long time ago be­cause it was weigh­ing me down both phys­i­cally and men­tally. Don't get me wrong – it was hard to let go as the CD cov­ers of­ten had a trea­sured mem­ory as­so­ci­ated (think Nir­vana's dol­lar-bill-chas­ing wa­ter baby on Nev­er­mind) that you sim­ply don't get with stream­ing.

I can un­der­stand the re­luc­tance to try new meth­ods when you are quite con­tent with the ex­ist­ing prac­tices so in the in­ter­ests of not be­ing left be­hind Pure have de­vel­oped the Evoke, which will al­low you to dip your toe into on­line stream­ing with­out aban­don­ing CDs or the sim­ple plea­sures of FM ra­dio.

Good points?

With dual three-inch speak­ers giv­ing 20 watts of out­put, the au­dio can be cranked up above the hub­bub of any party rev­ellers. The sound qual­ity is bril­liant with very lit­tle dis­tor­tion even at high vol­umes.

Al­low­ing a mul­ti­tude of mu­sic sources from CD, dig­i­tal ra­dio, in­ter­net stream­ing, Blue­tooth and aux ca­ble in­put, the Evoke has ev­ery­thing cov­ered.

The de­sign has a touch of the 1980s ghetto blaster about it but sports an LCD dis­play that can be con­trolled via re­mote con­trol or the fea­ture-packed mo­bile app.

Bad points?

The only real gripe I have is with the head­phone jack be­ing placed on the rear of the de­vice.

Best for ...

Those look­ing for a grad­ual tran­si­tion to the stream­ing age who are not ready to give up their CD col­lec­tion and ra­dio habits.

Avoid if ...

Your au­dio en­ter­tain­ment is pro­vided solely by the in­ter­net as there are cheaper ways to hear Ap­ple mu­sic and pod­casts around the home.



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