Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 

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It was about 12 months ago that Logitech introduced the Pure-Fi Anywhere product to the UK. Now there is a new version of this portable compact speaker set for the iPod Pure-Fi Anywhere 2which is entitled, not surprisingly, Pure-Fi Anywhere 2.

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Whereas the original review sample I looked at was black in colour, this time Logitech has supplied a white model.  Apart from this obvious colour change, there appears to be no other physical difference on the surface between the two units.  The general appearance of a central docking area sandwiched between 2-inch active and 3-inch pressure drivers is retained.  The arrangement of the top-mounted controls remains the same as does the remote control unit – in a matching white colour.  Even the supplied carry-case in black nylon and power lead set-up is identical to that provided with the earlier version.

So what is the reason for the number “2” that has been added to the product’s title you may ask yourself?  The answer can be supplied in the single word of “support” – that’s support for the various iPod devices.  Since the original launch of the Pure-Fi Anywhere product, Apple has come up with some new iPod models and Logitech has added support for these devices with the inclusion of additional docking adapters.  Pure-Fi Anywhere came with nine of these plastic adapters; this total has been increased to twelve adapters.  The full list of supplied adapters is as follows:- mini; black & white 20MB; black and white 40MB; colour 20/30MB; colour 40/60MB; nano; video 30MB; video 60/80MB; nano aluminium; iPhone; nano with video; and touch.  The last three models are the new additions.

As with the original product Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 provides the capability to act as a booster with regards to your iPod audio output through the use of Max-X and Stereo XL technology.  Simple dock the iPod in the central area and you can sit back and listen to your music without the need of headphones.  With the supplied remote control you can adjust volume level; play/stop/pause tracks; plus navigate through various tracks.  While providing external speaker capability to your iPod, the Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 will also recharge your iPod.

The Pure-Fi Anywhere product can be powered direct from the mains but also has a built-in rechargeable battery.  When fully recharged, this battery can provide up to 10 hours of power for playing whichever iPod is attached when connecting to the mains, the device will also recharge your iPod’s battery.

Although designed specifically for use with the iPod family, you could use this Logitech device with various brands of MP3 players by linking them to the 3.5mm auxiliary socket located on the rear of the device.  However, not only will you be required to supply the necessary connecting lead but you also loose the recharging capability, remote control facility and the noticeable benefit of the Stereo XL technology.

As this is meant to be a portable device for use in a variety of locations, Logitech has provided a nylon padded carry-case.  This case has a couple of small pockets, separate from the main compartment for housing the device, storing the remote control unit and various power leads.  I still feel that this case would have benefited from a carry handle or should strap to help when transporting it.  Logitech has priced this product at £99.99 which is the same price as the original model.,en

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