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Pure Digital Chronos iDock

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      02.07.2010 10:01
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      Cheap and as good as some more expensive ones

      I bought this about a year ago from Currys.
      I wanted a really cheap iPod dock since my old one had just broke and I think this cost me about £30.
      I am yet to fault it, it has worked 100% as it should and there is nothing else that needs adding to it, it's simply a cheap iPod dock with a DAB radio and an alarm clock.

      The iPod dock is compatible with most iPods, when I bought it, it said it wasn't compatible with iPods or iPhones after the 2nd generation but this was over a year ago and surely that's not the case now.
      It plays all the music I want and you can choose songs either with the iPod or with the little remote which actually stopped working for me.
      The sound quality is brilliant, obviously not as good as those £200 ones but this is fine for what I want it for as it is only in a small room.

      It has a nice little screen which shows the time, the radio station and the volume.
      The DAB radio is very good, didn't think I could get one for this price. I live in Kent and I can get stations which are only for London.
      For some reason it has a headphone jack.
      I can never understand why these things have headphone jacks; surely if you wanted to use headphones you can just plug them into the iPod?

      I have personally never used the alarm clock, but from what I have seen in other reviews it is very good. You can have the radio wake you up and I think you can do it with the iPod.
      I like the clock because you never have to set it, if you unplug the power it will set itself within a minute.

      This was probably me having a blonde moment but it took me about 5minutes to find out where the power lead went. I was expecting it to be somewhere on the back but I just couldn't find it. Turns out its underneath inside a little groove.

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        15.05.2010 19:34
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        A good choice if you want to use iPod and DAB, with different alarms on the weekend...

        I've been using this as my main bedside clock and alarm for nearly a year now, and it has done a very good job of waking me up so far.

        However, the body of this clock radio is very lightweight, to the point that it feels quite flimsy in use. In particular, despite having solid rubber feet, the radio doesn't have enough weight to resist sliding when you try and press a button - unless you brace it with the other hand, or against another object, pressing any of the face buttons just moves the radio back a bit, rather than impacting the button.

        The radio has a neat little cable management system on the base, which originally struck me as quite pointless, since the feet raise it up more than enough to allow for cables - in fact, I ran my mobile phone charger through this gap for a long time, which was very convenient.
        However, after using the DAB function for a few hours one night, I realised that if the power cable and the aerial cable are too close, it interferes with the radio signal quite significantly, so it's worth using the cable management to keep these apart.

        The clock radio offers four separate alarms, each of which can be set as once only, daily, weekdays only, weekends only, Saturdays only or Sundays only. The device picks up the current time directly from the DAB signal, so it's not affected by power cuts, and wakes you up at the right time when Daylight Savings starts or ends.

        The alarms can also each be set individually to a particular radio station (DAB or FM), iPod, Aux or Buzzer - be aware though that if you set an alarm to iPod, and remove your MP3 player, the device will default to Buzzer.

        They're easy to set and disable, but it does take quite a few button presses to change the time for an alarm... remembering each time that you have to brace the radio to actually get the button to press!

        The remote control supplied is a bit useless - the range is very limited, and only a few functions are supported. Worse, the remote is almost completely incompatible with the iPod Touch - you have to put the iPod into "Now Playing" first, and (at least for me) it's quite common for the iPod to be back at the menus when you've not been using it for a while.

        However, the dock does charge the iPod - including 2nd generation iPod Touch devices, which means you'll always have a fully charged iPod at the start of each day (assuming you use it as an alarm clock).

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          22.01.2010 00:34
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          There are better docks for the price.

          The Pure Chronos iDock is a great alarm clock. With four separate alarms allowing you to wake up to iPod, radio or alarm tone with settings that allow you to select weekday, weekend, everyday and specific days as options. Programming these alarms is very simple, requiring a single button and an up and down control to programme.

          As a digital radio however, if you don't need the radio to wake you up in the morning you can do better. The radio's sound is adequate but you can't hide the fact that it's a pretty hollow sound that can be an uncomfortable listen on a higher volume. The remote control to the radio is also very, very basic and if anything it probably reflects badly on the radio, who really needs a remote control for an alarm clock?

          The Pure Evoke 1S which retails for a very similar price offers a much better sound quality than this machine due to its wooden casing and the better accoustic properties of it and it also offers an auxiliary input, if this is what attracts you to this machine for MP3 playback and if you need the alarm, the Tempus model is the alarm variant of the Evoke.

          Not a bad effort from the usually brilliant Pure but judged away fro being an alarm clock it falls short.

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            30.12.2009 17:56
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            Good if you're sitting next to it

            I received this alram clock as a present and when I got it out of the box I decided to see how easy it was to set it up.
            Much to my delight, it did set up very easily, all I needed to do was plug it in and put the battery in the remote and it was done!

            As soon as I had set it up, I decided to try and get the pre - set radio stations working this is where you can make a shortcut to listening to your favourite radio stations without having to go through all the other radio stations looking for it. The one problem with this is that there are no 'numbered' buttons on it so you still have to scroll through all of your pre-set stations to get to the one that you want.

            Afterwards I tried out the alarm set-up, and much to my surprise I soon found that I could have up to 4 alarm settings at once, which is a real bonus.

            Depite the battery being brand new, the remote control was quite unresponsive at times, and I had to move the remote a lot closer to the alarm clock, which when doing work, can get quite annoying.

            But when you are actually listening to it, the sound quality is very good and I never had to use the highest volume setting, in fact if I wanted to I could hear the radi from the other side of the house, and hear it easily as well.

            I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a new alarm clock, and a good one at that!

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            20.10.2009 08:16
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            Great quaility product

            Pure are a trusted brand when it comes to the DAB radio market, they have been around quite a while and were the first company to bring out a portable DAB radio. This time around they concentrate their efforts on a DAB clock radio with an iPod dock, the big question is does it deliver?

            The quaility of their previous products is indeed reflected in this item. As well as FM/DAB radio you can also dock your ipod, the device will not only allow you to listen to its contents but will also charge it at the same time. As an added bonus, it also works with iphones. The sound quality is very good for such a small device, it delivery crystal clear sound with a nice punch to it as well.

            This is perfect to have on your bedside table as it features the ability to set three different alarms & you can even use these to wake up with your favourite radio station or maybe your ipod. There is also a snooze function and a headphone socket if you want to listen in bed without disturbing anyone else.

            Available for just under £90, you can definetly get such devices much cheaper from other brands but I doubt they will be as high quality as this product.

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