All iPods with Dock Connectors
Nice portable system
Solid sound, make better with Stereo XL feature
Sound isn’t always detailed or deep enough
Battery isn’t user-replaceable
The Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere portable iPod speaker system is a very good entry into the portable iPod speaker market. While it won’t have you considering dumping your home stereo system, if you need music on the road or in rooms where your stereo isn’t, consider it.
The Pure-Fi Anywhere system is a small, solid, rectangular bank of speakers that accommodates the iPod in the middle. The system will work with any iPod with a Dock Connector (anything from the third-generation iPod up to the iPod touch) and comes with adapters to allow all those models to fit neatly in it. It also sports an auxiliary jack for connections from non-dock connector iPods like the Shuffle and other audio sources. It comes in black and white.
Some portable speaker systems collapse or bend to make travel with them easier. The Pure-Fi Anywhere doesn’t do this, though it’s fairly lightweight and compact. The package does include a carrying case that holds the speakers, remote control, and power adapter.
The key test of speakers, of course, isn’t how they travel. It’s how they sound. And the Pure-Fi Anywhere sounds pretty good.
The sound produced by its speakers isn’t quite as deep, bass-y, or detailed as that produced by systems like the Harman Kardon SoundSticks II. The SoundSticks, however, are a three-piece speaker set with a detached subwoofer, so the fact that they produce deeper, louder sound isn’t a surprise.
When compared to other portable speaker sets, such as Altec Lansing’s inMotion systems, the Pure-Fi Anywhere comes out on top. Its sound is loud and clear. It gets even better when you turn on Logitech’s Stereo XL technology. This feature, which doesn’t seem to make as much of a difference for quiet songs, but is abundantly clear on louder ones, boosts the range of the sound, making music louder, deeper, and more encompassing.
The Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere portable iPod speakers aren’t going to replace your home stereo. But they’re not meant to. They’re designed to travel with, to provide battery-powered music where you want it, to bring music into rooms like your kitchen or bathroom. And if you’re in the market for that kind of product, you should give the Pure-Fi Anywhere a look.