Feeds
70%
Pure Contour

Pure Contour DAB/FM and Internet radio

The do it all dock?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Radio network

Connecting to both network storage and PC proved easy enough, and Pure’s claim that it can handle MP3, WMA and AAC files seemed to be justified, since I didn’t have any trouble streaming all of these formats from my Buffalo Nas drive.

Pure Contour

Sounds good, looks good but could be more finger friendly

Video playback to a TV is straightforward – connect it using the component or composite video interfaces, select a video from your iPod and it will start playing automatically, showing the pictures on your TV screen, with the sound played through the Contour. The same goes for YouTube clips – you’ll need to find them on your iPod or iPhone's navigation, rather than the remote, but when playback starts the video appears on the screen automatically.

Blowing up video intended for small screen viewing doesn’t always do it a service, and what looked pristine on your iPod can reveal itself to be grainy and fuzzy on your TV. Consequently, video output through the Contour does drop in few quality notches, but there didn’t appear to be any judder or timing issues to complain about.

Verdict

The Contour is easy on the eye delivers a respectable sound, has good connectivity and a tidy iPod dock arrangement to boot. The on-screen navigation can be frustrating though, especially when you’re trying to find your way around Internet radio or the tracks on your PC. When used from the front panel, the whole system could do with a few interface tweaks to make it a bit easier.

That said, Pure’s recently revamped Lounge portal does help with the customisation of Favourites for content including podcasts, Listen Again and Internet radio. Really, the Lounge is a must if you plan on adding more than a handful of stations as Favourites. Configuration options aside, given both its visual and sonic appeal, the Pure Contour is certainly worth considering. ®

More Wireless Music Player Reviews

Q2
Internet Radio
Pure
Oasis Flow
Nokia
Home Music HD-1
Teac
R-4iDNT
Logitech
Squeezebox Touch

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

70%
Pure Contour

Pure Contour DAB/FM and Internet radio

DAB/FM, Wi-Fi Internet radio and iPod dock.
Price: £200 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.