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Pure StreamR Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with DAB Digital Radio, Alexa Voice Technology and Bluetooth Streaming - Charcoal

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The voice control is hold-to-speak, meaning you need to press on the Pure logo (the ‘conch’ button) for Alexa to hear your command. Considering how straightforward the volume and source buttons are, and how you need to link up with your smartphone for music streaming anyway, needing to use a physical button defeats the point of a convenient, hands-free smart assistant.

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers that settle for tinny audio, and the faithfully-recreated sound in the StreamR shows that doesn’t have to be the case. It’s not a quiet speaker either – unless you want it to be. It can really belt out sound for its compact size, and we were happily wandering our flat with the StreamR’s audio calling out to us from the other room.

The most obvious answer is that Bravia Core is a play to use Sony Pictures' library of content as a lure to sell more new Sony TVs. It offers free content out of the box and showcases some of the best aspects of Sony's TV technology, from picture quality and HDR performance to the lesser-known IMAX Enhanced format. When Operator Purestream first joined Rhodes Island, many people did not understand the purpose of the things that she insisted upon.

Simple to use, this portable speaker sounds great and gives you the added bonus of DAB radio on the go. While it doesn't come cheap, it even comes with Alexa built-in for voice control.

Pure takes Alexa for a spin

The upper side of the StreamR has two buttons for volume controls, one for moving between radio stations (or Spotify playlists), and a source button for changing inputs. Push down to compress the speaker into its casing: you'll stop Alexa listening, though hinder the bass output in the process (Image Credit: TechRadar) (Image credit: Future) Other smart speakers to consider

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