Pure Digital Legato II review

3 stars
£350.00
The Legato II offers some of the finest digital radio features around, but does the rest of this micro hi-fi match up?

Pure knows a thing or two about digital radio and it has put its considerable knowledge to work inside the Legato II.For starters, it features a full-house Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), giving access to up seven days’ worth of radio listings, depending on the broadcaster. Radio star
That’s teamed with an SD card read/writer, allowing you to store up to 30 hours of DAB content (on a max-size 2GB card) by setting recordings from the EPG. There’s nothing to stop you removing the card to replay said content on a personal player on the way to work, either. More? Just like Sky+, you can pause live broadcasting for up to 30 minutes using the ReVu feature, and the Intellitext feature gives on-demand access to broadcast text, where available. Of course, whether all this floats your boat depends on how much you listen to the radio.Slot machine
The system looks pretty good: there’s a classy slot-loading CD player and that piano-black finish compares well to rivals even if it does look a little odd in wood veneer. With regards to other extras, the Pure lags behind its rivals: it’s got a rear USB input, but, frustratingly, that’s purely for firmware upgrades, not for connecting your personal player. And while we’re on the subject of moans, the Pure Legato II’s sound is too hard-edged for our liking (even with CD, which, it should be noted, sounds way better than DAB). With more refinement, it’d fare better. It’s the speakers and their cheap tweeters that are the system’s undoing. They’re just too shrill and unrefined to do justice to the Legato II’s amplification. You can, though, buy the main unit without speakers if you wish and add your own instead.

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Pure Digital Legato II review
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