Pure Evoke Home review

A one-box alternative to a hi-fi system

the pure evoke home wireless speaker in white
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TechRadar Verdict

This one-box speaker with DAB, FM and CD offers Wi-Fi streaming, with Spotify Connect, but no Amazon Music, Apple Airplay or Google Chromecast support to be seen. It’s a little fiddly to set-up and while the audio quality is good – even via Bluetooth – we’re not convinced it’s worth the high price tag being asked.


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    Flip-up colour display

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    Good quality Bluetooth streaming

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    Spotify Connect

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    CD player and 3.5mm mini-jack


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    Fiddly Undok app

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    Lacks Apple AirPlay 2 or Chromecast

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    No voice control

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    Narrow sweet spot

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Two-minute review

You’re after something a little more advanced than just one of the best DAB radios. Yes, you want radio, but what about playing music and podcasts via Spotify? A one-box speaker from DAB experts Pure, the Evoke Home offers an impressive line-up of sources.  It’s got DAB radio, Internet radio and Spotify Connect, each represented by an icon on its colourful LCD display that pops up on the top of its white or black chassis.

Sadly, there’s no Amazon Music, Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast streaming, so you can’t indulge in lossless streaming from an iPhone or iPad... though it does have Bluetooth 4.2.

Legacy music fans are treated better. Not only is it possible to hook up a record player – or anything else that a 3.5mm cable can be fed from – but the Evoke Home even adds in a CD player. Yes, compact discs! Remember them?

Design-wise the Evoke Home wireless speaker is good, but not great. At least, not for the money being asked. There are rather too many buttons across the top of the device, which are very small and have hard-to-read labels. It’s a design that seems a tad rushed, an impression furthered by the Undok app, which was inconsistent and confusing during initial set-up (although you can just use the flip-up screen on the product instead). There are also no multi-room or stereo pairing options.

In terms of audio performance, the Evoke Home mostly impresses, with good bass and treble detail that extend to music streamed across Bluetooth, which was unexpected (though you do have to turn the volume up). However, with a little less mid-range than we wanted and with volume steps that are too far apart, the Evoke Home comes out as a good, but not great product that just seems a little overpriced.

the display on the pure evoke home wireless speaker

The Pure Evoke Home comes with a flip-up screen. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Pure Evoke Home: price and release date

  • Out now in the UK 
  • Costs £399.99 

The Pure Evoke Home – which became available in December 2021 – is the most expensive product in the range at £399.99. It’s joined by the smaller Pure Evoke Play (£249.99) and Pure Evoke Spot (£179.99). All have identical core features and differentiate largely on speaker size, though the Evoke Play adds a carry handle while the Evoke Home includes a CD player.

the pure evoke home wireless speaker

The Evoke Home is the most expensive model in the range. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Pure Evoke Home: design

  • Speaker grille uses recycled wool 
  • 2.8-inch colour LED screen 
  • Comes in ‘Cotton White’ and ‘Coffee Black’ 

The Evoke Home looks like a serious, simple, and reasonably stylish one-box speaker. Weighing 3.9 kg, it measures 108 x 184 x 363mm, tapering towards the front to accentuate the size of its speaker grille, which sits in front of the Evoke Home’s two 20mm soft dome tweeters and two 3.5 inch woofers.

Key specs

Radio: DAB, DAB+, FM

Display: 2.8-inch color LED screen

Charging method: AC adaptor

Dimensions: 184 x 368 x 107mm

Audio: 100W stereo

Connectivity: Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, 3.5mm AUX IN

That grille is crafted from recycled wool that’s said to be both ‘eco-certified’ and ‘virtually odourless’, which is always good to know (we couldn’t smell anything weird!). If that’s a nice touch, so is the flip-up 2.8-inch LED colour screen. There are a few buttons underneath to help navigate the display, which sadly isn’t a touchscreen. 

You can use those buttons to choose audio sources and tinker with alarms, timers and much more, but it’s all much easier to do via the Undok app. At this price the LCD display ought to be an auto-dimming OLED screen, though you can reduce its brightness or just fold it down during music playback if you can’t stand the light leakage.

the controls on the pure evoke home wireless speaker

The control buttons on the top of the Pure Evoke Home. (Image credit: TechRadar)

The rest of the controls can be found on the top of the speaker, with playback buttons and a CD slot in the centre and a soft-touch dial on the right end. The latter is primarily for controlling the volume, but gestures can also be used to mute the speaker, and more besides. It also acts as an on-off switch, but by default it’s illuminated by very bright white LEDs when the Evoke Home is on. It’s a bit harsh in a room with soft lighting, but it can be dimmed or switched-off in the settings (though only on the device itself, not via the app).

The Evoke Home is mostly aimed at streaming, so is largely a one-box solution, but there are a couple of wired options. You can attach anything to the Evoke Home via a 3.5mm minijack – most likely a record player – while a tiny rear panel also includes a headphones slot.

It’s a simple design that nevertheless lacks a few niceties you might expect at this price.

the back of the pure evoke home wireless speaker

You get a few wired connectivity options around the back of the speaker. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Pure Evoke Home: setup

  • No Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast streaming 
  • Undok app is confusing 
  • Easy to pair devices via Bluetooth 

Although it does include a CD player, the Evoke Home is mostly about streaming. No surprises there, but the way it executes it all is sometimes underwhelming. Its pop-up screen hosts shortcuts to a bunch of apps; DAB Radio, FM Radio, Internet Radio, Spotify, Podcasts, Bluetooth, CD and AUX. Four of those require the Evoke Home to be attached to a Wi-Fi network. 

Despite having a ‘connectivity assistant’ the free and optional Undok app informed us to go searching in the settings for the IP address. Finally it fired-up a wizard, which worked fine, though even with that successfully completed it told us the Evoke Home wasn’t attached to the Wi-Fi network despite there being no problems. 

the pure evoke home wireless speaker

Setting up the Wi-Fi connection was a little problematic... (Image credit: TechRadar)

With the Undok app operating the Evoke Home we then fired-up the Spotify Connect app only to be told about a web address we had to visit. It didn’t work and wasn’t required, with the Spotify app taking care of everything. Undok is poor and adds an amateur feel to the Evoke Home.

There were also two small, separate issues we had with the Evoke Home during our review. The first was occasional network drop-outs during which Wi-Fi-related features – such as Spotify Connect, Internet radio and the Undok app – were unusable. The second was a loose two-prong power cable that sometimes became disconnected from the rear.

the remote control for the pure evoke home wireless speaker

You can control the speaker with the included remote control. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Pure Evoke Home: audio performance

  • 100W audio output 
  • 2x 20mm soft dome tweeters and 2x 3.5-inch woofers 
  • Warm, detailed soundscape 

The Evoke Home has a quoted 100W of power from its dual 20mm soft dome tweeters and two 3.5-inch woofers, which are situated at either end of the chassis. 

That ought to create some kind of stereo effect, but it wasn’t noticeable during our tests. What we did sense is that the Evoke Home has a definite sweet-spot. Sit opposite it and the soundstage was a lot more lively than if you sit to one side.

 There are some quick equaliser presets to choose from – comprising the likes of pop, rock, jazz, etc. – as well as very simple bass and treble settings. None of them make a great deal of difference, though the bass levels are impressively high and at no point during our review did we experience any buzz or distortion. 

Played with a variety of music – via DAB, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth – the Evoke Home demonstrated decent bass levels and plenty of treble detail, though not much in the way of a mid-range. 

Should I buy the Pure Evoke Home?

the display on the pure evoke home wireless speaker

The Pure Evoke Home is ideal for Spotify fans. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Buy it if...

You’re a Spotify subscriber
If you listen to the majority of your music via Spotify Connect then the Evoke Home will serve you well in terms of both convenience and sound quality.

You have a CD collection
If you still have some compact discs then the Evoke Home’s pop-in CD drive is a neat solution for straddling the decades.

You want to hook-up a record player
If you’ve got a record player then know that the Evoke Home has a 3.5mm input so can take a stereo audio cable.

Don't buy it if...

You want fuss-free lossless streaming
The Evoke Home doesn’t include Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast streaming, so you can’t stream from a smartphone in top quality without fiddling with apps. 

You want audiophile sound quality
The Evoke Home offers plenty of treble detail and the bass levels are impressive even at high volumes, but we noticed a lack of mid-range and a stereo soundstage that’s narrow.  

You want a portable Bluetooth speaker
Although the Evoke Home does have Bluetooth 4.2 and plays music from smartphones in high quality, there’s no built-in battery - so you can’t take it away from mains electricity. 

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Ruark R1 MK4
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Pure Evoke C-F6
Pure's older all-in-one system is still worth considering. Easy to set up, a delight to listen to, and featuring just about every bell and whistle you could need from a single-room audio device, this is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a one-stop audio box.

Correction: May 5, 2022
An earlier version of this article incorrectly asserted that the Pure Evoke Home came with Amazon Music. We were originally sent a pre-production unit to review, which came with a few bugs that have now been addressed by the manufacturer. We have  now tested the final product and updated our review to reflect these changes.

First reviewed: February 2022

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and Space.com. He also edits two of his own websites, TravGear.com and WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),