Excerpt: This is a difficult review to write. Not because the Evoke is frustrating to use, because it can be or that it’s wonderful because it can be that, also. What makes it hard is that the Pure Evoke Flow Radio does so many things, I having to choose what to write about and what to skim over. The Gadgeteer is not an audiophile site, so I try to keep details short and easy to grasp. So if this review seems to ramble a bit, please forgive me I’m covering a lot of bases here.
Pros: Once you use it, it becomes essential, Decent sound, Upgradable software, Thousands of stations available
Cons: Clunky '90s display, Steep learning curve, Not as US centric as it could be.
Summary: The Evoke Flow has access to plenty of content: Internet radio, terrestrial FM radio and audio streamed from your computer or server, but some people will want more in the form of Pandora and Last.fm and possibly AM radio. And when your world is filled with Appleâ€™s elegant interfaces itâ€™s easy to be put off by devices that you have to occasionally fiddle with to operate.
Conclusion: The only way to invite German tranceheads, Senegalese guitarists and Chinese opera singers to a knees-up in your kitchen without having a heck of a cleaning bill. Great radio, although not for audiophiles.
Pros: Video is going to get a good kicking from this radio star, as it can handle almost every digital broadcast going. It’s got great DAB and FM tuners, or hook it up to your Wi-Fi network to unleash over 8000 online radio stations, including the good old Beeb’s Listen Again shows. If you’ve got a PC full of tunes, install some UPnP software and you can stream them on demand, using the auto-dimming OLED screen. Unlike most internet radios, it can be made fully portable if ...
Cons: Streamed radio shows don’t always sound fantastic, and the Flow’s 7W speaker is only average. Upping the sound quality with an optional speaker costs £40. However, there’s no adding buffer memory after you’ve bought the Flow, so get used to not being to pause or rewind live programmes. The menus are on the confusing side, too.
Conclusion: We've waffled on with a fair amount of EVOKE Flow praise, but we've yet to touch on one of the most important factors - sound. EVOKE Flow feature's PURE's commonly-used full-range 3in driver and provides a power output of 7W RMS. For a single-speaker mono solution, sound quality is surprisingly good. Even when turned up to high volume, audio is clear, well-balanced and although unable to shake the earth in terms of bass, it's plenty ample for its targeted use.
Excerpt: I’m old enough to have fond memories of portable radios. These weren’t the large-juice-box-sized transistor radios that accompanied kids during the World Series but rather the antenna-bearing thick-hardback-sized radios your parents took to the beach to listen to the scratchy AM rock ‘n’ roll stations of the time. Pure brings me back to those halcyon days with its $449 Evoke Flow Internet radio.
Pros: Audio input and output ports; can stream audio from your computer; scads of available Internet stations
Cons: Mono speaker controls can be confusing; no support for commercial streaming services
This stylish DAB+ compatible digital radio can connect wirelessly to your PC
Good Gear Guide.au
28 August 2009
Summary: The Pure EVOKE Flow is a digital radio that adds extra multimedia features and integrated Wi-Fi networking to a well-designed piece of hardware. It’s expensive, but you get a stylish device for your dollar.
Pros: Wireless music streaming, great interface and screen, stylish design
Cons: Fingerprint magnet, sound quality doesn't justify the price-tag
Excerpt: A couple of months ago we started rounding up radios of all different shapes, sizes and types to conduct a little bit of a face-off between them and determine the best choices for your kitchen entertainment. My favourite has to be the Pure Evoke Flow if only because of its irrefutable gook looks, which are accented with tastefully integrated yellow OLED screen with matching LED backlit, touch sensitive buttons.