I had a digital radio by Pure. The sound was only average, so I fitted a 15 watt amplifier internally with 12volt 2 amp power supply and fitted a 4" hi-fi speaker into the back. This gave excellent results. This expired after 2 years of use and was greatly missed.
Therefore I had to find a replacement to equal or better this sound. I went to Comet and listened to all their radios under £170.00 and found only one that came up to the mark. The Roberts Stream 83i, and this had internet radio as a bonus. After one week of use, I am very pleased and would recommend it to others.
I was surprised that the Roberts Stream 83i only merits four stars, while you managed to give the Pure Evoke Flow five in a comparative review of internet radios. May I redress the balance?
The Flow is mono only. The Stream 83i has stereo speakers with a separate bass driver. The Evoke Flow is WiFi only - this radio has WiFi and 10/100Mbit Ethernet. This radio also supports the FLAC lossless codec for streaming and USB playback (the Flow does not suport FLAC nor USB playback). This radio also comes with a decent user guide rather than just a quick-start guide.
I have both radios, and the Stream 83i is clearly the far superior of the two. I think you need to take more care when you compare new products against those you have reviewed in the past. As technology marches on, a product which once justified 5 stars may now only justify 3 or 4.
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