Pure Sirocco 150
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Within this small unit it has the ability to play CD’s, FM and DAB radio, an adapter is supplied to incorporate your iPod or iPhone and of course you have an auxiliary input so anything from your MP3 player can benefit from the speakers provided. It also accepts input from SD card and even has a USB input; alas so far it has steadfastly refused to make the tea or even do the washing up.
It is 25x14x16cm with cables fitted. The speakers are quite small at 16x14x21cm both the main unit and the speakers are black.
Most things were possible using the various buttons on the unit but with music I will agree that a remote control is nice as having to get up to change the radio station etc can spoil the mood especially if you step on the cat and it extracts its revenge with his claws.
The remote has 21keys plus the five on the joystick control. It is 12x4.5x2cm and strangely it is dark grey (with silver colour for the joystick) rather than the black colour for the main unit and its speakers. The iPod dock is black with silver colour sides it is 8x8x2cm and comes with an 80cm length of lead to fit into the main unit.
The first 16 pages of the A5 sized six language owners manual are in English. You will need to read the Energy saving paragraph a couple of times to grasp the difference between Standby and Energy Saving mode.
The front of the unit has six buttons (two columns of three) either side of the central 5x2.5cm LED display. This can display up to six lines of information. Below this is the large silver colour volume control knob. Towards the base are two sockets, headset/earbuds and auxiliary, finally the USB socket and SD card socket.
The top has the Standby button, search back and forward, stop and play/pause buttons and folder back and forth buttons. The rear has a column of four crocodile clips for the leads from the speakers, above this the FM/DAB joint aerial and the nine pin iPod lead socket. The speaker leads are 1.8metres in length; I would have liked another 50cm.
The speakers give a good sound for their 10w RMS power while there is no sub woofer there is a built in mid bass driver.
The unit has up to 30 presets (split between FM and DAB) tuning on FM is quicker than on a lot of units the large silver coloured volume knob does other jobs when pressed and in the case of radio it scrolls through stations.
When in CD, SD or USB mode the volume knobs ‘pushed in’ mode scrolls through tracks. The unit not only plays MP3 but also WMA.
The iPod/iPhone dock will charge your unit while connected except in ‘Energy Save’ mode. A suitable iPod/iPhone can via a lead show video on a TV using the video out socket on the back of the iPod dock.
The unit has alarm and sleep timer modes so it can wake you up or lull you to sleep. This is a nice small neat unit that would certainly fit well in any bedroom or office and perhaps a smaller lounge.
Doing my Internet searches found the Pure Sirocco 150 at a best price of £131.42 with free delivery from the first link below.
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