Docks iPads; plenty of output options; high quality
No HDMI-out; a bit pricey
The advent of AirPlay is a game-changer and heralds great things to come, but for the moment AV docks are still the easiest way to get your audio and video from your iOS device to your TV or home entertainment rig.
Not all docks are created equal, though. If you want the best-quality AV you need to be spending over $100 on something like the Dexim AV Dock Station or this PURE i-20.
The PURE’s main strengths are that it takes iPads as well as iPhones and iPods, has a Cirrus 4353 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) and delivers high-quality audio and video.
Though all docks differ slightly, setting them up is simplicity itself – plug in the power and connect it to your AV system.
In this case, the PURE comes with 3.5mm-to-RCA audio cables and 3.5mm-to-component video cables. There are also coaxial and optical digital audio ports, and S-Video and composite video outputs. That’s a good selection, but HDMI-out would have been good to have as well.
To play video or audio off an iPod, iPad or iPhone, just dock it and press Play. That’s it. Your iOS device will show a grey TV outline and the words ‘TV Connected’.
To control playback, either use the iOS on-screen controls or, if you’re on the couch, the PURE remote control. It’s small but cleverly thought-out and one of the better ones we’ve used.
Australian Macworld’s buying advice PURE is delivering very good radios and speaker systems, and hasn’t stinted on this dock. It’s a bit pricy at $149, but a worthwhile buy – especially if you have been struggling to find an iPad dock.