Logitech Pure-Fi Elite Reviewnismozcar - October 9, 2007
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The testing for the Logitech Pure-Fi Elite was fairly simple and straightforward. The first test I conducted was a test of the dynamic-range and abilities of the speakers. I played an entire album (Pick A Bigger Weapon - The Coup, AAC) from my collection and listened at various levels of loudness from low to max, to see if the Elite had any issues. For the second test, I chose a movie (Fantastic Four, MPEG4) and tested the range during cinematic scenes and the ability of the unit to pass video though to the television. I was lucky to also have an Altec Lansing iMV712 on hand to test the Pure-Fi against. Both have the ability to output a video signal through Composite or S-Video and are compatible with many versions of the iPod. The last two graphs are based on my opinion of form and function, and given a rating for comparison.
- Logitech Pure-Fi Elite
- Altec Lansing iMV712
- iPod Video (60GB)
- JVC 30" Digital DirectView
- S-Video cable
The Pure-Fi Elite handled extremely well in the first test. The dynamic-range was excellent and I was able to turn the volume all the way up with minimal distortion. It faltered slightly on tracks with generous bass lines, but the problem was solved by reducing the bass in the Speaker Menu. Maxed out, the Pure-Fi made my room shake and I was half-convinced I was in a concert. I felt the Pure-Fi edged out the Altec in this test because of the distortion experienced when turning the iMV712 up past halfway. During video playback, the Pure-Fi was docked because I felt that the volume of the movie on max wasn’t enough to fully encapsulate me in the movie. Both players scored well in this test, but the extra points went to Altec for having a higher max volume. The Elite’s picture output to the television was sharp and clear. I found it hard to detect any pixilation and it ran smoothly and timely without any noticeable hesitation. Enabling StereoXL made little difference during music playback, but was a nice addition to the video as it provided a wider range that help liven up the atmosphere.
When judging the styling of the components, I took into account a couple of things, those being the size and use of design. The Altec is the larger of the two, mostly due to its large LCD built into the front. However, the Logitech uses its design more wisely. I enjoyed that my iPod was safe while connected. The design allowed it to be cradled, keeping it out of harm’s way from objects and passing strangers. This really made it feel integrated into the device and gave it a smooth, classy appearance. The removable speaker grills are a nice touch and the player looks awesome with them on or off. Finally, the cool-blue backlight really ties the whole package together. In the next category, ease of use, the Altec Lansing iMV712c once again steals the show. Having the ability to navigate the iPod’s menu was a great feature, and not having it is what hurt the Pure-Fi Elite, although, I still feel the Elite has the richer set of features. Six playlist presets, a sleep timer and both AM and FM radio capabilities are all great, plus, the player charges your iPod while it’s docked.