Archive for the ‘Retro’ Category

UK radio specialist Pure have today unveiled its latest model, the Evoke F4 internet radio.

While its exterior looks like a retro radio, its interior has nothing retro about it. This cheeky little box offers radio via WiFi from DAB, internet and normal FM sources and can also be used along side Pure’s very own Jongo system.It also includes Bluetooth and a “Tag” button which can automatically pull up track information on a song playing on the radio.

Pure are really considering those trying to build a multi-room system by allowing you to construct the system slowly without the need of buying a costly whole system package. This unit will work as a standalone digital radio or as part of the Jongo set up which includes speakers like its Sonos competition.

The Evoke F4 is constructed with a real wood case and has an OLED screen to show all station information and weighs in just under 1.5kg giving it a nice retro well made feel.

The F4 allows you to record internet and DAB radio direct to a USB flash drive to listen to later and of course gives you access to all on-demand podcasts and programs.

The Pure Evoke F4 has one 7W 3.5″ speaker and has an optional battery pack that will keep you going for a continuous  12 hours wireless use. The F4 goes on sale today for £179.99 with optional Pure music subscriptions starting at £4.99 a month.






More and more we see over-ear headphones becoming a normal sight on our streets…but has style pipped substance in most of these cases.

Back in the 80’s, it was normal to see over-sized headphones being donned by the coolest kids on the block, whether it be around their neck or actually being used to listen to music, they all proudly showed off their Walkman (think iPod for the younger of you) and headphones . It seems we find history repeating itself, but are most of these about style and not about sound quality?

Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the majority of the headphones we see, but through personal experience I was sucked into buying a pair, then realising they didn’t sound as good as they looked on the rappers and footballers paid to wear them.

Now bring in B&O’s H6….retro style, class and quality rolled into one pair of headphones. With New Zealand cowhide leather which look like they have been stripped from a Ferrari Dino and anodised aluminium used in its frame, these headphones will age as gracefully as George Clooney on a daily beauty regime.

Put together by Danish industrial designer Jakob Wagner, these headphones are like nothing else out there, with the Asus-style circles etched on the aluminium cover plates and the cowhide leather not only lusciously covering the ear cups but going over your head for ultimate comfort.

These headphones are aimed at the mobile generation, sporting an in-line remote to use with your smartphone and also 3.5mm jacks on each cup so that you can daisy chain headphones together so that a friend can also listen from the same source you are.

Bang & Olufsen are known for style and quality and both of these are more than taken care of in these headphones, with them sounding absolutely impeccable and not looking out-of-place on anyone.

But hey, here is the bad news….they are £329 (gulp) but let me stress, these are up there with the greats and of course you will not see them on every person you meet like other brands we are all more familiar with.

Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay H6


40 years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made one of the most important phone calls in the mobile phones history. Mr Cooper in New York, called Joel Engel of AT&T (a rival firm) and said “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cellphone, a real handheld portable cellphone. I’m ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end. ” This call not only symbolised a turning point in the technology’s history, but also marked the end of the race to produce the first portable phone, handing Motorola the win.

It was on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x which measured 9in tall, and had over 30 circuit boards within it. Its average talk time was 35 mins but needed 10 hours to recharge the huge battery.  It’s hard to believe that current smart phones descended from this device. Nowadays we worry less about the quality of the phone call and more the quality of internet access, maps, games and apps which our phones are powered to command.

Portable phones were primarily aimed at business men who needed to make calls on the go, now most of us could not imagine a life without the trusty smart phone in our hand as the industry alone generates annual revenues of around £800bn globally.

The Tech Spy can’t wait to see what the next 40 years of technology in this field brings the humble mobile phone.

Happy Birthday!

Old Phone