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Pure Avanti Flow review

Alan Lu
21 May 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
240
inc VAT
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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 typestreaming audio receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackYes
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackNo
Audio Audible playbackNo
Other audio formatsMP2, Real Audio
Internet radio stream compatibMP3, AAC, WMV, Real Audio

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportNo
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Video WMV playbackNo
Video WMV-HD supportNo
Other video formatsnone
Internet video stream compatibnone

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo

Network Interfaces

Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportYes
128-bit WEPYes
256-bit WEPYes
WPAYes
WPA2Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs0
Minijack headphone outputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Total SCART sockets0
HDMI outputs0
Component outputs0
S-video output0
Composite outputs0
Other connectorsnone

Physical

Size123x349x215mm
Antennas1
Internal/external antennasexternal
Upgradeable antennaNo
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption on7W

Server Compatibility

Software includednone
UPnPYes
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBNo

Buying Information

Price£240
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.caraudiogiant.co.uk
Detailswww.pure.com