I've had this radio for a little over a year now and am more than pleased with it. The shiny "piano" black finish really is stunning, although somewhat of a magnet for fingerprints and dust! On the front of the radio there is a small, but readable, amber display with four buttons beneath (As well as several other on the top). The display is very easy to read, displaying the time when on standby or listening to iPod or Mp3 Player and shows the radio station or frequency when using FM or DAB. The only issue, if at all, is that the display can be a bit too bright at night time. Even on its lowest brightness I find it too bright at night, but maybe that's just me. The user interface is straight forward and easily navigated, allowing you to set alarms, and change the "source".
For those who like foreign music, or live away from home and want to listen their favourite station this radio is perfect! The internet radio is easy to use and provides over 10,000 stations. You can search for stations alphabetically or by genre, country, language etc. The radio is easily connected to your home network and (depending on your bandwidth) loads stations with a few seconds.
The radio also allows you to listen to FM or DAB, connect your iPod via the iDock or other Mp3 players via the Aux in, as well as stream music wirelessly from your PC.
The sound quality is excellent, and it lets you fiddle with the bass and treble until you get to your taste. The radio has two stereo speakers and a subwoofer which all provide brilliant quality and volume. At full volume I can hear my music through out most of my house. Which brings to one of my favourite features...
This is something that I did not know when I purchased the radio and only discovered on setup. The remote, rather than traditional infrared, uses radio frequency. This means that the range of the remote is dramatically increased to about 50m. Upon set up you will asked to "bind" the remote (just press a few buttons) this means that you can control the remote from almost anywhere in the house.
I would highly reccomend this radio, and my only quibbles are:
The gloss finish is a nightmare for fingerprints and dust
The display is a little too bright for my taste
Entering letters when searching for stations or inputting wifi details is tedious, the letters are layed out alphabetically and you can scroll through them using either the remote or the +- controls on the unit. However even when using the arrows on the remote you can only move left and right not up and down.
I bought this from Amazon having watched the prices for a while, and have not been disappointed. We wanted internet radio but felt that with the demise of analogue in a few years, DAB woudl be useful since we were spending the money. It has a great sound, we also looked at the Philips Colourstream and compared the two in a dept store but found the sound of this one was far superior (my opinon, but seemed to have a better depth to it). The unit is gloss black, an interesting shape, and it has a good extending ariel at the back. The display screen is bright and the remote control works well. It picks up internet radio very well (something I was concerned about as our broadband can go on the blink at times and I worried that the radio wouldn't work well, but so far so good) Easy to switch between sources, and also has FM as well as DAB. The ipod dock was a must, and a key reason to choosing this model rather than others, but also I wanted something that looked reasonably modern rather than retro or utilitarian. Pure radios are DAB+ enabled so when the upgrade comes, it will be compatible. Admittedly it's not a cheap radio but I think you get more for your money than a lot of other similar radios on the market, and the combination of DAB/Internet and Ipod are harder to find than I expected they would be (at a sub £250 price at any rate). Easy to set up, and so far we are very happy with our purchase.
When my old music system broke, I set out for John Lewis with 4 main criteria. 1. To get a system that I could play really loud without distortion; 2. It should be small enough to fit on shelf in my kitchen diner; 3. I could plug my ipod into it; 4. It should have DAB radio.
This would keep all of the family happy, as I love radio, my sons love their ipod music, and all of us do most of our entertaining in the kitchen diner.
I chose John Lewis because I know that they take the time to offer really good advice, and that have a free 2 year guarantee.
True to form, the expert from John Lewis talked me over all of the options. I could get an ipod dock which produced a great sound, but did not have radio. I looked at the fantastic B&W Zepplin, and although I was tempted I held out for one with a radio. Looking at the radios with ipod docks, they either seemed to expensive for me or too cheap. The man from John Lewis told me that the cheaper ones would not have the sound quality I wanted. He let me play them all, and I turned up the sound to maximum to test it, much to the embarrassment of my partner! The sales assistant was unfazed and encouraged me to test it to the max!
In the end we decided on the Pure Avanti, and bought it for £279.95. I had not planned on getting internet radio, and simply chose this model for its classy good looks and it's fantastic sound quality.
The Avanti looks fantastic! Sleek black and chrome, it is triangular and I think a beautiful design. Pure are the only company that I have found that make triangular radios, and I had a corner shelf built so that it is tucked away in the corner of the room. The best thing about the design is the integral subwoofer, which gives you depth of sound without taking up huge amounts of extra room or trailing extra wiring across the room.
The ipod fits nicely into the top of the radio, and there are converters so that you can play your other MP3 players. The remote is very robust and is also classy and black. It is radio signal operated so you do not have to point it at the console. It is not overcrowded with functionality buttons so it is easy to understand and to chose the function that you want. You can change from internet radio, to DAB, to ipod, by pressing the Source button. This gives you the list of choices, and pressing select takes you to that function. Could it be simpler?
I am delighted with the sound quality! The integral sub woofer makes all the difference and is as good as any separate sub woofer. For those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, it is "a 5.25in downward-firing subwoofer driven by a claimed 75 watts of power". The two mid-range tweeters and the sub woofer can be easily adjusted via the remote. Three buttons (sub, bass and treble) are on the remote and touching them gives you the ability to adjust any of the three via the up and down arrow.
I can turn the volume to maximum without any distortion. The DAB reception is very clear, and the ipod sound is outstanding.
Although I did not originally want an internet radio, I am so glad that I bought one! I connected it to my WiFi router without even consulting the instruction manual. It is that intuitive! The sound quality of the internet radio stations is just as good as the DAB stations, and I am still amazed by how many there are! The internet option allows you to search for stations by name, by country, by genre, and much more.
Pressing the source button takes you to 'The Lounge' option and the connection wizard has you listening to internet stations within a few minutes. This option allows you to access your favourites - my partner loves to find very obscure music stations, but I love to use 'listen again' without having to sit in front of my pc to do so. The radio works in the same way as a laptop, and you do not have to have your pc on to listen to the radio, just your router. When I first tuned in to my WiFi, the radio asked me to perform an upgrade, but I just pressed OK and it all went very smoothly.
I am really not a techie, and I know that many people will do an awful lot more with the internet option on this radio. The fact that I was able to set it up so easily is a great advert for the radio, as it is easy enough for non-techies to understand, but complicated enough to keep the enthusiasts interested.
The FM radio reception is very good, and the DAB radio is excellent. It is extremely easy to find radio stations - pressing the down arrow, you can scroll down the whole list of DAB stations, pressing select to go to that station. What HiFi says "The Pure is a tenacious tuner, picking up signals in obscure parts of our listening rooms where other radios give up the ghost". Although I can't confirm tenacious tuning, I can say that I have never had any trouble!
The iPod fits very snugly into the top of the radio. Selection is controlled via the radio remote, and a slight disadvantage is that the track information is not displayed on the large radio screen, but only on the iPod screen. In my case, this means that I have to jump up on a chair to see the iPod screen, as the shelf is quite high up! When the iPod is playing, the only information on the radio screen is the time - and the volume, when you change up or down.
Sound quality in iPod mode is fantastic, as usual.
As you can see, I am totally in love with my Avanti radio! The quality of sound is amazing, the design is brilliant - I feel as if I have bought a luxury item for less than £300.
I have only one (very, very small) regret - I miss being able to play my cd collection, as I have not yet had the time to download them all onto the ipod, however, I know that if Pure had put a cd player into the Avanti, it would not be so small, slick and stylish.