Pure Avalon 300R Freeview recorder: Digital radio legend tries its hand at TV
British firm Pure is better known for its top notch digital radios, but it’s now branching out into other areas of home entertainment. Next up: TV, with the Pure Avalon 300R Freeview PVR. But don’t worry – it’s still packing all the sonic skills you’d expect from Pure.
At a glance, the Pure Avalon 300R is just your ordinary Freeview+ HD recorder: it packs a large hard drive for storing shows (500GB or a whole terabyte, you choose), two USB ports for playing back media off a memory stick, and Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections to get online with streaming services like BBC iPlayer and YouTube. There are also four HDMI inputs so you can run all your other devices through it as well, should the urge take you.
Where Pure hopes the Pure Avalon 300R will stand out is with the software. Bring the menu up and you won’t just see any old clunky EPG: this is slick 3D software to rival the live tile layout on your Xbox 360. You can even use Pure’s Connect streaming app to pipe music through to it, just like you can using Pure’s iPhone and Android smartphone apps.
The Pure Avalon 300R goes on sale at John Lewis next month, priced at £299 or £349 for the 500GB and 1TB flavours, and it’s available for pre-order now. Will you be buying it? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.