FM radio reception has always been a bit hit and miss in my area, which is why I have a couple of DAB radios around the house. However, my bedroom clock radio is still an old FM model (10 years!), and lately, I’ve found things worse than ever – decent reception when it wakes me up, but the moment I start walking around the bedroom, the signal comes and goes.
So I have just bought a replacement – the Pure Siesta Flow. This has a total of 4 alarm registers, which can be set to different day ranges – hence you can have a totally different wakeup routine at the weekend, without having to change anything. When the alarm goes, you have a choice of sources:
DAB Digital Radio
MP3 via WiFi, from any compatible media server (UPnP and similar)
Internet Radio Streams via WiFi
Podcasts via WiFi
Pure Sounds – a weird collection of bird noises, crashing waves and waterfalls.
It is very easy to use, and although – with all this functionality – it might be fiddly to select your favourite channels from a choice of thousands, there is the Pure Lounge – a website you can log onto and do just that, which then configures the radio for you. Within a few moments, I had it configured to always have the last two episodes of Just a Minute and The Now Show available.
The sound is very good – although it is supposedly stereo, it is a small unit with no speaker separation, but it is nice and clear, and music sounds good. There is a headphones socket, so I guess I could always connect a pair of powered speakers if I wanted proper stereo.
Finally, it has a USB port on the side – from what I can gather, this is not to connect a hard disk or memory stick (although I will try that sometime), but it is described as a way to power any gadgets on your bedside table – i.e. HTC Desire, Kindle etc. How considerate!