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The main Pure Highway unit sits on its windshield mount via a nifty magnet and two little notches. Despite our initial misgivings about this set-up, it survived the roughest that Sydney's roads had to offer without a single whoopsie moment. We do wish, however, that for the next Highway radio Pure ditches the stiff goose-neck mount for something more compact and flexible.
By far the worst thing about the Highway, though, is the quantity of wires. First, there's the power cable that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. Then there's the antenna cable that runs along the dashboard and has an end-point that adheres itself to the windscreen — this cable can be hidden somewhat if you're willing to pull trim pieces off your car. And then there's the line-out cable — not included in the box — but highly recommended if your car stereo has an auxiliary jack. All up, it's a mess to untangle, set-up, and then take down and stow away before and after every drive.
Them's a lot of wires!
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Once set up, the Pure Highway is pretty straightforward to use. Display duties are taken care of by a simple multi-line LCD screen, and browsing stations and menus is taken care of by a jog dial and its central button. Up to 20 station presets can be stored, with the first three easily accessible via dedicated buttons; stations four to 20 rather fussily require the use of the jog dial.
The Pure Highway does its best work if your car stereo is endowed with an auxiliary jack. Via auxiliary, music stations have sound quality that's just a bit shy of CD standard, but the extra servings of clarity and purer bass are instantly noticeable. AM stations gain the most, with talk radio announcers finally sounding human — well, as human as some of them can get, anyway.