Pure Evoke H2 £89

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

One of these days, Pure will fail to win the bud­get ra­dio Award. When that hap­pens we imag­ine it will be the lead story on News At Ten – the com­pany has hogged this spot for more than a decade.

The cur­rent in­cum­bent here, notch­ing up its sec­ond year as a win­ner, is the Evoke H2, suc­ces­sor to the pre­vi­ous holder, the D2. That unit suf­fered a lit­tle from a boomy bass, a trait cor­rected on the H2, which now presents tight but deep low fre­quen­cies, along with greater clar­ity in the midrange – cru­cial for ra­dio.

A clear, full midrange is also im­por­tant on airy, vo­cal-fo­cused pieces, such as Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You, and here the Pure com­mu­ni­cates the song’s del­i­cacy and high reg­is­ter with skill.

There’s a real feel­ing of so­lid­ity about the H2, which is avail­able in ei­ther an oak or wal­nut fin­ish. Round the back is a tele­scopic aerial and con­nec­tions in­clud­ing a 3.5mm aux­il­iary in­put and a mini-b USB slot for soft­ware up­dates. There’s also a 3.5mm head­phone out­put. You can pre­set up to 20 FM or DAB ra­dio sta­tions, with three quickly ac­ces­si­ble by ded­i­cated but­tons on the fa­cia. The ra­dio also has a built-in clock that can be set to wake you up with a spe­cific tone or ra­dio sta­tion and a count­down kitchen timer.

It will clearly take some­thing re­ally im­pres­sive to knock Pure off its pedestal, and the Evoke H2 con­tin­ues to rep­re­sent the brand more than ad­mirably.

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