For those looking for a perfect bedside companion, the Pure Siesta Rise is a serious contender. With its large LCD display, small form factor and long list of features, this clock radio sees Pure demonstrating the perfect balance between functionality and design. Compared to some radio brands, Pure strives to ensure its products are aesthetically pleasing, while packing them full of the latest technology. A brief look at Pure’s history reveals a long list of pioneering achievements stemming back to the Company’s inception in 2002, demonstrating a consistent adherence to quality, and the ability to see around the corner as far as innovation in the radio industry is concerned.
The Pure Siesta Rise is no exception to the rule, and this is probably one of the reasons that it forms part of the award-winning Siesta range of radios. To demonstrate exactly what it can do, we’ve created this in-depth review where we’ll explore different aspects of the radio, and help you decide whether or not it’s a compatible bedside companion. Read on for Radio Fidelity’s full Pure Siesta Rise review…
About the Pure Siesta Rise radio
The first thing that captures your attention after switching on the Pure Siesta Rise DAB is its large self dimming clock display, which not only sets itself, but also adjusts automatically for daylight savings. Its compact size allows you to place it on a large or small bedside stand, and wake up to your favourite station every day. As is standard with all Pure products, the Pure Siesta comes with a 3 year warranty, assuring you of long term use to complement its premium price tag.
The radio offers DAB, DAB+ and FM reception, as well as a three alarm settings and a 2.5 RMS output speaker. You’ll also have the option to charge your smartphone thanks to its USB port, but you’ll always have to connect it to the mains as it doesn’t allow for the use of batteries as a power source.
Pure Siesta Rise: Design
The Pure Siesta Rise is best described as tasteful and understated, with an integrated speaker taking most of its rear end, and the controls sitting right above the top side panel. Here, there’s a source button for switching between FM, DAB and DAB+, followed by the three alarm buttons, another one for switching to presets, and at the very end, a menu button. These form the first set. The second set consists of a power button, a snooze/station selector placed between two scrollers, and lastly, the sleep button.
While the CrystalVue LCD display takes up the entire front face, the Siesta features auto-adjust brightness based on its surroundings. This considerate feature ensures the Siesta doesn’t disturb your sleep pattern. There’s also the option to make this adjustment manually if the responsiveness of the display isn’t to your liking.
Pure Siesta Rise: Features
The Pure Siesta Rise has a features list to get excited about. This includes:
Up to 20 channel presets (10 FM, 10 DAB)
Up to 3 alarms
Adjustable backlight display
Gradually increasing alarm volume
Provision for software updates
Dimensions: 65mm (H) x 139mm (W) x 136mm (D)
Pure Siesta Rise: Performance and connectivity
We have no complaints about the Pure Siesta Rise DAB clock radio’s offering of up to 20 presets. If, however, you’d prefer not to set up those presets manually, the radio automatically tunes itself the first time you switch it on, so you can go ahead and set your presets from a pre-selected list of top picks.
The Siesta’s nifty alarm feature allows listeners to select up to 3 separate alarms, with the option to have a separate tone or your favourite FM station to wake you from slumber. The alarm also gradually increases in loudness as it rings, instead of suddenly going off and jolting you out of sleep.
Unfortunately, the Pure Siesta Rise doesn’t offer many great options for connectivity. Its USB port allows you to charge your device, but doesn’t let you play any music from your phone or tablet. It is also not Bluetooth or Wi-Fi enabled, but for those that can’t live without better connectivity features, the Pure Siesta Rise S is a Bluetooth capable alternative.
Pure Siesta Rise: Sound quality
Sound quality on the Pure Siesta Rise is perfectly adequate, although its not going to shake the foundations of your living space. Still, it’s relatively impressive, especially for a radio of its size. Pure’s team of UK-based engineers have tuned the Siesta in a way that provides authority and scale, while also performing well with talk radio. The Siesta Rise doesn’t come with an equaliser, however, so you’re limited to the factory setting. Reception also depends on how well you extend the wire aerial, so you might want to think about things like the distance between the socket and your bed stand as you set it up.
Pure Siesta Rise: Usability
One of the biggest issue cited by users is the Siesta’s interface. Many owners argue that having to navigate an interface to select which presets to tune into is counter-intuitive. If you consider yourself technologically adept though, this shouldn’t be an issue. Aside from this, the inclusion of a sleep timer allows you to set a time for the Siesta to automatically shut down, so you can drift off to your favourite station without worrying about the radio playing all night – a prerequisite for a bedside radio at this price point.
Pure Siesta Rise: Verdict
This Pure clock radio definitely demands more than most people are prepared to shell out for a bedside companion, as its features, design and quality ultimately justify its premium price tag. At this price point, however, the Siesta Rise is not without competition.