Feeds
70%
Pure Twilight

Pure Twilight DAB/FM radio and dawn simulator

Moodlight serenade

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Moody blues

There’s more to the lamp than just touch control though. The daylight option – fading up before the alarm sounds – is claimed to have possible health benefits for the seasonally affected. I must admit, awaking to it wasn’t unpleasant, just a bit dazzling first time round with my waking thoughts being I’d gone to sleep with the light on.

Pure Twilight

If you don't like the presets you can customise the mood lighting

The coloured mood lighting can be selected at any time, but there seemed no obvious way to wake up to an orange glow or any other colour for that matter. At night though, the light can be set to fade over a sleep interval, which will also kill the radio at its end. It was a pity that the radio didn’t slowly diminish in volume too. The light extinguishing also seemed rather abrupt, with no galloping fade near the end. Just off.

The Twilight offers custom colours and intensities along with several themed options, including some that vary the colour scheme. Yet, apart from the more gentle meanderings of the Rainbow preset, Party and Fire seemed rather unsubtle. With the latter, you could even opt to have the Pure Sounds Crackling Fire audio preset play away. These soundbites appear in the audio source menu, along with lullabies (which are fairly pleasant). Yet most of the Pure Sounds seem in too much of a hurry, the wind chimes are too fast, the lapping waves too busy and the cicadas too manic.

What Pure really should do here, is learn from the ambient master. If the thinking behind Brian Eno’s Bloom iApp was applied to the Twilight, with its touch controls triggering sounds and colours too, that would be a bedside radio worth having an early night for.

Pure Twilight

Pick a colour and then alter the brightness to suit

Sonically, the Twilight delivers a robust output, but I couldn’t describe it as warm. Testing with the aux input revealed its rather contained performance. The bassline on The Doors’ Riders on the Storm came across as plucked rather than the rounded rumble I’m used to hearing. Steely Dan’s punchy bass on Things I Miss the Most had it complaining slightly at full blast, but the Twilight seems to avoid excessive distortion by steering clear of trying to deliver low frequencies it can’t handle.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Next page: Tonal colours

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.