Pure Evoke F4 DAB/FM/Internet Radio with Bluetooth, Black
Nice radio, but it failed within the year
When it worked, this radio had a very good tone and a wide variety of channels. Sadly, after 10 months its display started to break up and then in month 11 it failed altogether. Also, the battery pack has never lasted as long as it was meant to, and by 9 months it would not last for a day. Disappointing.
19 November 2014
Good, with some niggles
Bought some 14 months ago, my Pure developed an electrical fault, probably a loose mains connection. As it was within the two year guarantee I took it to John Lewis for repair and was somewhat startled, extremely pleasantly so, when it was replaced on the spot by a new unit covered by a new three year guarantee!
As many others have said, this is a very attractive radio. However, it needs frequent cleaning because its glossy surface quickly picks up finger marks.
For its size the sound quality is very good, at least for me who suffers from tinnitus.
I mainly use it as an internet radio. Waking from sleep mode, when running off the mains, it takes 6 to 8 seconds to connect to a station; and about 30” when running off its battery. It’s a bit of a faff to search for a particular station by turning and pressing a dial to select each letter, but once stored into favourites it’s easy to use, as are the other options.
What is a pain however is that server problems can cause service interruptions and they’re not that infrequent. I know the problem is with the Pure server, because meantime my Roberts internet radio is working fine. It has to be said however that the Roberts suffers from the same problem albeit at different times.
A really annoying problem is that when using the BBC Listen Again option, the programme listened to often stops part way, with no facility to resume.
It would also be nice, if technically feasible, to have shuffle and artist selection options when streaming playlists from the pc.
Overall, I'm pleased with the unit. Compact and truly portable with a good sound, easy to use and giving access to the world’s internet radios.
25 September 2014
Pure Evoke F4
Great radio. Good sound quality and mix of features. A good buy.
14 April 2014
Pure Evoke F4
This radio has quite good sound reproduction considering the size. It looks good. With the rechargeable batteries it works well as a portable radio. My main complaint is that it intermittently fails to connect to the internet - I always succeed in the end but sometime it is a bit of a faff! Otherwise I really like it.
15 March 2014
I have had my pure Evoke F4 radio for just over 3 months.
The specification of the radio is top notch. I was impressed by the general feedback of this product on both the JL website and Amazon. Pure certainly design products carefully and produce radios that cleverly fill gaps in the market.
I am on my third Pure Evoke F4 radio now; the first one being returned as it kept resetting. The second as the DAB reception was far inferior to the first and would not pick up stations that my bedside DAB clock radio could easily receive. The third unit seemed to function well at least initially.
I live in a flat so my WiFi signal doesn't have to travel far or to different floors but the WiFi reception of the radio was fairly poor. My iPhone on the other hand can receive WiFi internet radio faultlessly (ironically on a Pure radio app) so i know it was not the WiFi router that was at fault. The final straw for me was that sometimes the radio would fail to pick up a signal even in the room containing the WiFi router and would only function again sometime later. Resetting the radio didn't seem to help this.
This is not a cheap radio and I couldn't accept a product which would not receive and play internet radio stations on demand. I felt that I had persevered enough and on balance had no confidence that mine was just an isolated case and a fourth unit wouldn't fail as well.
Overall top marks to John Lewis for customer service, somewhere near the other end of the scale to Pure.
24 February 2014
Quality of the sound is excellent. However the tuning dial is very fiddly and jumps too readily - makes the set annoying to use. My Roberts Dab radio is much more robust.
So not good value for money considering this expensive set is supposed to be the state of the art DAB radio!
05 February 2014
Purchased this model to replace a faithful Roberts Clock-radio. The Evoke F4 is a smart piano-black unit that is very easy to set up, allowing you listen to VHF, DAB and internet radio.
I did discover a fault! The Sleep timer - if set BEFORE midnight - would shut the radio down on the first strike of midnight! You then have to reset the timer for however more time you want. Reported the fault to both John Lewis.com and Pure, and they have been excellent. Replacement on its way!
14 January 2014
Does not work with Pure Jongo speakers
I purchased this Evoke F4 along with a Jongo T4 in order to have multi-room streaming. However, with a software update of mid Dec 2013 (automatically applied whenyou first connect the product), Pure have disabled this function. You can no longer stream from the F4 to other Pure Jongo products.
Other than that, it is a good looking product and sounds nice - but having basically paid £60 more than competing products in order to get this multi-room capability, now they have removed it, I would look elsewhere.
27 December 2013