Pure Avanti Flow review

21 May 2009
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Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
240
inc VAT

Pure's Avanti Flow is a streaming audio receiver that also works as an alarm clock and DAB, FM and internet radio. We found its wedge-shaped design and glossy black-and-chrome finish appealing.

The 4in OLED display is small but easy to read up to six feet away. The remote control is large and comfortable to hold. There's no Ethernet port, but we had no trouble connecting the Avanti to our WPA-secured wireless network. You can check the WiFi signal strength by pressing the remote's Info button, which is handy if you're having difficulty getting a connection.

We had no trouble using the Avanti to stream music stored on our networked PC, which was running Windows Media Player. You can also plug your iPod into the top-mounted dock connector or connect any other MP3 player through the line-in port. It's compatible with all modern iPods - for a complete list, visit www.tinyurl.com/cs22p5. You can browse your iPod's library using the remote and even change the repeat and randomise settings.

When you tire of your own tunes, you can explore the vast range of internet radio stations, podcasts and Listen Again services available. Browsing through them all would be incredibly tedious, so thankfully you can search for content by name, genre, country, language and bit rate. The interface has its quirks, but it's an improvement over the company's aggravating Evoke Flow. Alternatively, you can find stations on your PC using the online web interface. Any stations you bookmark there will appear on the Avanti's list, too.

The built-in stereo speakers are surprisingly loud, and the integrated subwoofer provides a respectable amount of bass. Vocals can sound muddy, but they're more than good enough for background listening.

The alarm fades in slowly and you can use a simple tone, your iPod or a DAB radio station as the audio source. Sadly, you can't use an internet radio station for the alarm. You can save two alarms with different times and audio content, which should be enough for most people. There's even a collection of ambient sounds to help you sleep or relax, including oddities such as pigs or the beeps of a heart monitor.

Pure's Avanti Flow is generally well designed. It's a shame you have to use the web interface to get the most from it, but this is largely due to the vast amount of online content. It's a bit expensive compared with similar devices, but if you're looking for an all-in-one audio device to sit by your bed, this is the best we've seen.

Details

Price £279
Rating ****

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Media Streamer type streaming audio receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback Yes
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback No
Audio WAV playback No
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats MP2, Real Audio
Internet radio stream compatib MP3, AAC, WMV, Real Audio

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playback No
Video MPEG-2 playback No
Video MPEG-2 VOB playback No
Video MPEG-4 AVI playback No
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback No
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support No
Video H.264 support No
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support No
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support No
Video WMV playback No
Video WMV-HD support No
Other video formats none
Internet video stream compatib none

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support No
Image JPEG support No
Image TIFF support No

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support Yes
128-bit WEP Yes
256-bit WEP Yes
WPA Yes
WPA2 Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 1
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 0
Component outputs 0
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 0
Other connectors none

Physical

Size 123x349x215mm
Antennas 1
Internal/external antennas external
Upgradeable antenna No
Power consumption standby 5W
Power consumption on 7W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
UPnP Yes
iTunes No
SlimServer No
SMB No

Buying Information

Price £240
Warranty two years RTB
Supplier http://www.caraudiogiant.co.uk
Details www.pure.com