PURE ELAN E3, THE STA­TIONS ARE THE SAME BUT THE DE­VICE IS BET­TER

SmartHouse - - REVIEW // PURE - Writ­ten by ATHINA MALLIS

If you hadn’t no­ticed, ra­dios are still hold­ing their own, al­beit in a more mod­ern form than a 90s beat­box but hold­ing their own none­the­less.

The Pure Elan E3 (A$129) is a new dig­i­tal ra­dio that has landed on Aussie shores. It’s a small de­vice that has 40 pre­sets with an aux­il­iary in­put so if the dig­i­tal ra­dio of­fer­ing is get­ting te­dious you can switch to play your own mu­sic.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The Elan E3 has all your ba­sic ra­dio fea­tures, sev­eral pre­sets for favourite sta­tions, the op­tion for FM ra­dio, head­phone jack and an­tenna.

Press­ing the ‘source’ but­ton, you’ll be given the op­tion to press DAB, FM and AUX in­put.

The dig­i­tal chan­nel gives you an ar­ray of choices from your usual FM choices like Triple J or to the ob­scure Coles Ra­dio.

The Elan E3 has a small 2.8-inch dis­play menu where you can browse through dig­i­tal ra­dio sta­tions and se­lect the out­put.

When lis­ten­ing to the dig­i­tal ra­dio chan­nel, click­ing the se­lect but­ton/ vol­ume shows you what you’re lis­ten­ing to, the fre­quency, what type of mu­sic it is, sig­nal strength and sig­nal er­ror and the date. There is also an op­tion for a kitchen timer sug­gest­ing this ra­dio could be per­fect pair­ing with what­ever is on the menu that night.

It also has an alarm with sleep and snooze fea­tures.

The Elan E3 has the op­tion to be pow­ered by mains or bat­ter­ies so you can take this ra­dio on the road with you.

It might be a small de­vice but the Elan E3 has some ex­cel­lent sound out­age. The ra­dio uses a be­spoke 3” full range speaker pow­ered by a dig­i­tal am­pli­fier to en­sure it plays louder and clearer.

It also comes with six equal­i­sa­tion set­tings, where users can quickly ad­just the tone to make all mu­sic gen­res sound great. Elan E3’s bass, tre­ble and loud­ness can also be ad­justed to ful­fil per­sonal lis­ten­ing pref­er­ences.

DE­SIGN

This is a sim­ple ra­dio in terms of de­sign stick­ing to a ba­sic rec­tan­gle shape with a 2.8-inch dis­play on the right and one speaker on the left.

The ra­dio it­self is a small de­vice that can fit in the cosiest of spots in any room.

The Elan E3 is avail­able in three colours: red, blue and grey. In the box you’ll get the de­vice, a power cord and in­struc­tions.

VALUE

This dig­i­tal FM ra­dio is $129, a midrange price for the au­dio mar­ket but a tad pricier than one would hope for this type of de­vice.

OVER­ALL

The Pure Elan 3 does its job as a dig­i­tal ra­dio and even has a sur­pris­ing amount of sound con­sid­er­ing its size.

I found the screen show­ing the cur­rent song play­ing very handy and al­ways think it is the small things that makes a prod­uct great.

This is dig­i­tal ra­dio is in­tended for those who are look­ing for a sim­ple prod­uct with ac­cept­able sound and don’t need all the lat­est bits and pieces like smart voice con­trol and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

The Pure Elan E3 is avail­able to pur­chase in Aus­tralia from re­tail­ers such as Myer for A$129.00

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