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Pure Sensia review

Pure Sensia
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Price when reviewed : 248
inc VAT

Pure's Sensia is a feature-packed network audio player, but it's seriously hobbled by its sluggish interface.

Pure’s Sensia may look like a high-tech rugby ball, but it’s actually the first network audio player we’ve seen with a touchscreen. It can not only play audio streamed from your PC or NAS, it’s also an internet, FM and DAB radio, plus it can run a small range of apps too. Such a huge number of features could be confusing and complicated to use without a simple and responsive interface. Unfortunately, you won’t find one here.

The 6in touchscreen is large, bright and sharp. The menus are logically organised with the main screen divided into three sections. On the left are the menus for browsing your audio content, while to the right are the current apps and the track or station playing. Below these is a taskbar giving quick and easy access to the settings.

Unfortunately, the touchscreen interface is often sluggish to respond, and occasionally it completely froze up for a handful of seconds. Scrolling through long lists of songs or radio stations is a frustrating chore as the menu struggles to keep up with your finger swipes. This is a great shame, since the onscreen keyboard and large-scale menus would otherwise make it far easier to find content and bookmark it for later listening, when compared to the fiddly buttons on other network audio players.

Oddly, apart from a pop-up volume slider, there are no playback controls on the main menu screen. Instead, you must go into full screen mode, minimising all the menus, to get access to them. Alternatively, there’s a small remote with basic playback controls. It’s possible to use Pure’s online web interface to browse, search for and bookmark internet radio stations, which are then synchronised with the Senisa. It can’t control audio streaming, though, so it’s not a complete replacement for the touch interface.

Only three apps are currently available. none of them bring audio-based. Neither the Twitter client, photo viewer or weather program provide any particular incentive to buy the Sensia. More apps are supposed to be coming soon and we hope to see more audio-related programs, such as the last.fm app available for Logitech’s Squeezebox Radio.

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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 formatsnone
Internet radio stream compatibWMA, AAC, MP3, MP2, RealAudio

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 compatibN/A

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportYes
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 connectorsUSB

Physical

Size166x280x180
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennaNo
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption on6W

Server Compatibility

Software includedPure Flow Server
UPnPYes
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBNo

Buying Information

Price£248
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.cheapelectricals.co.uk
Detailswww.touchmyradio.com

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