Pure Evoke C-D6 Radio Review

Summary:
One of the best radios you can get for less than £300, the Evoke C-D6 is a good choice if you’re looking for something versatile and high-end without breaking the bank.

Buy it online:
£229.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The Pure Evoke C-D6 is an all-in-one music system that features an FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, a CD player and Bluetooth. The C-D6 is part of Pure’s popular and stylish Evoke range of digital radios, and comes in an attractive walnut finish. Unlike most radios in the Evoke range, the C-D6 has two built-in speakers giving it stereo sound.

The Evoke C-D6 looks great, but how does it perform? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • CD player that is compatible with CD-Rs and CDRWs
  • Bluetooth
  • Remote control
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Stereo headphone jack
  • Aux-in socket
  • Alarm clock (radio, CD or buzzer sound)
  • Adjustable EQ

Dimensions: 37 cm wide x 13.5 cm high x 22.3 cm deep
Weight: 3.8 kg

Performance and use

The Pure Evoke C-D6 is easy to set up and start using. It has dedicated preset stations to make it easy to save and access your favourite radio stations without needing to scroll through a menu. It’s also quick and easy to pair a device to the radio using Bluetooth.

The C-D6 feels sturdy and has a good amount of weight to it, though at roughly 4 kg it’s not too heavy to carry. The walnut-effect design gives it a classy, premium look and adds to the depth of sound.

The Evoke C-D6’s CD player has a slot-loading design so you just push the CD in rather than placing it on a tray. The CD player seems to be temperamental as many buyers have had issues with it stopping working after a few months of use, or being very slow to read CDs.

This radio’s screen can be dimmed to a very low level, which means you can have it in the bedroom without it lighting the whole room up at night. It also has an alarm function that lets you wake up to the CD player, radio or an alarm sound.

Unlike on some other radios, the Evoke C-D6 changes DAB station almost instantaneously, so you don’t need to wait a few seconds for it to retune.

The Evoke C-D6’s tone and sound quality are generally very good, and you can adjust the bass and treble levels to your liking. The radio reception is also strong on both FM and DAB/DAB+.

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Great sound quality
  • Dedicated preset buttons
  • Screen is dimmable
  • Quick to move between DAB stations

Cons

  • CD player is quite slow to read CDs
  • Remote control has to be pointed directly at the radio

Verdict

The Pure Evoke C-D6 is one of the best radios you can get for less than £300. Its impressive line-up of features, classy design and warm stereo sound make it a good choice if you’re looking for something versatile and high-end without breaking the bank.

Its main flaw is the CD player, which can be temperamental and slow to read CDs. However, the Evoke C-D6 performs very well on the whole.

Similar radios

The Pure Evoke C-D6 is one of the more expensive radios on the market at the moment, though it’s there are several more high-end models out there.

The Ruark Audio R4 MK3 has a similar design to the Evoke C-D6 and offers similar features including a CD player and Bluetooth as well as FM/DAB/DAB+. The R4 MK3 has superior sound quality to the Evoke C-D6, though it is significantly more expensive. If you’re a real audiophile and want a top-of-the-range radio/CD player, the Ruark Audio R4 MK3 could be what you’re looking for.

A cheaper alternative is the Roberts Blutune100, which has a similar price tag to the Pure Evoke C-D6 and also has very similar features. The Blutune100 has an acoustically tuned wooden cabinet that helps give it an attractive retro design.

Pure also sell several similar radios in the Evoke range, which are compared here.

For some more options see our roundup to the best radio CD players here.

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