Pure Evoke H2 £89
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.