Summary: I purchased one of these units new from an Ebay seller. It is a British design manufactured in China. I also have the optional add on speaker for stereo sound. First the radio had a distorted sound when the additional Pure speaker was attached. So I contacted the company and they replied promptly. After discussing the issues they decided that it should be returned for repair. After about 6 weeks I contacted them to see why I had not recieved a new or repaired unit yet.
Summary: The sound is too muffled. It doesn't have the clarity that I would expect for music. I replaced the stock speaker with a known good full-range unit. And it made a remarkable difference, then again proving me that the stock speaker was only so and so. I am enjoying the radio now. WiFi usually works well, but at times, it has a hard time connecting. I think the radio needs to connect to the Pure server for any initial boot up.
Summary: EDIT 15 MARCH, 2013 ------------------- My original review is below, but I have decided to uprate my score owing to the excellent and unexpected customer service I experienced. I wrote below that the radio died after 3.5 years. Being out of warranty I didn't expect much, but I contacted Pure, and they quickly gave me a RAN (return authorisation number) so I could return the radio to them.
Summary: I've had a number of Internet radio's and none of them have been close to perfect - this one included. The appearance is quite personal, to be honest I don't really like it, but then I didn't buy it for looks but for it's functions. First off I bought this to be used solely as a bedside radio and the display even at it's dimmest will light up a bedroom at night.
Summary: I like this radio, it's smaller than I expected - smaller than our other Evokes, the height and width of my Pure One, but deeper making it a chunky wee radio with a good robust sound. It's brilliant to have access to so many radio programmes without using a computer. But, finding your way round feels like very old technology compared, say, to mobile phone technology. It's reasonably intuitive but slow to work round the menus with only a few buttons.
PURE EVOKE FLOW Dab and internet sorted, Beautifully enginneered
28 May 2010
Excerpt: Well my husband wanted DAB radio, we looked and looked but after some time I thought lets make the next step and go for one with internet radio,this would solve any porr DAB signal moments plus one of my husbands favourite radio shows is internet called "the arrow" used to be DAB only but now internet only. Anyway we shopped arrond and we purchased this for £111.
Pros: Excellent choice of stations available, overcomes DAB blackspots
Cons: have to buy seperate battery if want portable at £30
Summary: First let me say that with the sound quality, looks and feature set that this radio as a 5 star review should be a shoe-in. However, it fails to deliver on a number of levels and is lucky to get 3 stars. Here's why: * The 20hrs reported battery life is not real world. Look at the Pure website and it is dependant on volume.
A great british design classic in the SInclair tradition...
Mr. RpN "nesbittrp", Amazon
23 January 2010
Summary: When you unpack the Evoke Flow you will really like the look of the kit. Plug it in, put it on your bedside table and switch it on and the DAB sound quality is great. When you start to use it the niggles begin. Reach out and try to push a button and the radio moves across the table slightly without success. Push again and it moves another inch. Keep pushing and you will have soon cleared everything off your bedside table onto the floor.
Summary: This radio has some amazing features, notably that it recognises and plays podcasts as well as BBC iPlayer listen again radio, all streamed wirelessly. However, it has significant teething problems that make it's usability poor. In brief: 1. There is no Ethernet port. Despite the fact that mine is plugged in a few feet away from the wireless router which works well with all other wireless applications, it will cut out and re-buffer programmes which takes a while. 2.
Summary: I bought this radio to compare with the Tranciva IR804, another product with the same functionality but at half the price. At the beginning of the review I might as well state I am keeping this one. Why? It's all in the sound. The Tranciva is tinny, whereas this one sounds like a reasonable mini-system. Other than that, the Evoke leaves a whole lot to be desired in its usability.