The PURE Sirocco 150 is a digital music centre comprising micro CD player, DAB radio and iPod/iPhone dock.
If you're taken with the idea of a digital music centre but want a more traditional stereo system, you'll find suitable micro CD systems with iPod playback functions from many of the major home electronics companies. Sony, Philips and Sharp all come to mind.
PURE, which is a digital radio specialist, adds DAB and FM radio to the mix in the PURE Sirocco 150 and throws in a compact iPod iDock for good measure. A fairly unassuming looking micro CD system, the Sirocco can play music from an attached USB device, an SD memory card, an auxiliary audio source (for non-iPod/iPhone audio players) and serves up both FM and DAB radio stations.
A green 16-character-per-line LED displays the current station or audio source, but not individual track names. However, ID tags are supported when playing MP3 or WMA tracks and, depending on the digital radio station selected and the information it provides, you may also get live ‘now playing' song lists. For example, 6Music told us it was Now playing: Skinhead by The Specials.
The iPod/iPhone iDock has a 40cm cable and attaches to the PURE Sirocco 150 unit by a phono connection. Three inlays for different types of iPod are provided. These fit neatly in place but aren't easy to retrieve, so we don't recommend this player if you have several types of iPod you want to be able to use it with.
Presets can be saved, there's a search forward or back function to make it easier to find items you want to hear and the remote control - unlike many such controllers we've tried - not only seems specifically designed for use with the product with which it's sold, but allows you to control it properly.
For instance, you can switch between types of music source, shuffle or cycle through tracks, adjust the equaliser, bass and stereo settings, fast-forward or skip tracks, adjust the volume and set up an audio loop or complete album replay. Mute, standby, alarm clock and timer can all be controlled from the remote control too.
Heard through a pair of headphones, the PURE Sirocco 150's audio output isn't at all bad, though once we cranked up our Neil Young album above 23 (the volume goes up to 30), some background hiss was audible. On more modern, digitally recorded tracks, the bass was more of an issue - something we could of course control.
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