What is the POP Maxi DAB+ Radio?
Design, Functions & Connections
The materials feel substantial for plastics and the unit is well put together. The buttons are nice to the touch and don’t feel like they will fail easily. There is a general chunky feel to the whole radio, which is what you want for a portable unit that could be dropped or see lots of use in and out of doors.
To the front of the unit we have the digital LCD display to the left hand side of the radio. This displays the time and date when in standby and the clock, station and track ID when used in DAB or FM mode. The display sits within the black strip close to the top of the radio and is bright and clear with a blue colour.
A product like the POP Maxi needs to be easy to use and set up and we found that to be the case. Powering on the radio for the first time automatically sets the correct time and date on the unit. Finding stations is very straightforward, as is pairing the radio with your mobile via Bluetooth. It is so intuitive that Pure only supply a quick set up guide on one A3 leaflet. So thumbs up to Pure for making this an easy to use radio.
The only complaint we would bring up is the portable aspect of the radio. You can run it on four AA batteries - but that would get expensive with frequent use over a long period of time. The best solution would be the ChargePak D1 battery unit that charges when connected to the mains and which can power the POP Maxi for up to 14 hours of portable use. The downside is that this is a £35 optional extra and not included in the box. A battery at close to half the price of the portable radio doesn't quite make sense to us.
Sound Quality and Daily Use
Listening to the POP Maxi is easy with a nice clear and distortion free sound that whilst far from the quality of a dedicated sound system, is loud and clean enough to provide a pleasing background sound in a mid-sized room. As soon as you drive the radio hard the sound quickly gets brittle and full of distortion, but that defeats the purpose of this product. It is designed for use in the bedroom or kitchen to provide a pleasing background soundtrack to whatever you are up to. DAB+ radio stations sound good with FM also holding up sound wise if you can get a good signal. Streaming audio from a tablet or mobile app via Bluetooth also sounds very good when used at a reasonable volume and you don't expect deep bass with some dance tunes. With the simple set up, easy to use controls and a clean and mid heavy sound, even when streaming via Bluetooth, we can’t complain at all - it fits the bill.
- Good quality sound for medium sized rooms at background levels
- Bluetooth streaming capability
- Aux input and headphone socket
- Well built and sturdy for portable use
- Easy to use
- Sound quickly distorts when pushed
- No battery unit included as standard for portable use
PURE POP Maxi DAB+ FM Radio Review
It produces a clean and mid-range heavy sound that is pleasing when used for background music and it also allows you the use of Bluetooth to stream music via your mobile. Add to this the ability to double as an alarm clock with easy to use controls and automatic set up and we are struggling to find anything negative about the package. The only downside as we see it is the lack of the ChargePak battery as a standard piece of the kit to make it truly portable.
If you need a new alarm clock, a radio for the kitchen or something for a more portable role, then the Maxi comes recommended.
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