This crossover has filtered down into the tech space, too, with gadgets like the Orange OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker and the Pure Marshall Evoke-1S conjuring up the majesty and "glamour" of rock (read sticky carpets and days without showering).
While not based on any guitar amp in particular, this radio brings Marshall touches to the existing Evoke-1S. Gone is the wood panelling and IKEA-like handle — replaced by "authentic" black vinyl wrap and a carry strap. The main control panel has been replaced with a brass faceplate — the colour of Marshall amps — and the control pots replaced with amp-like knobs which, naturally, go to 11.
The Evoke is a DAB+/FM radio tuner, which comes with 30 presets and features a 3-inch speaker with 7 Watts of power. It features a two-line OLED display which features TextScan support for rewinding text.
Despite the rock touches this is first and foremost a digital radio: ie, there's no input for an electric guitar. However, it does offer an Aux-in plus a stereo out, headphone and aux-speaker input for connecting the suitably rockified S1 speaker for stereo.
If you want to get out and about, the 1S offers a ChargePack holder for attaching the optional AU$99 rechargeable battery.
As you'd expect, the Pure Evoke-1S Marshall is a lot of fun to use. It's quite rugged and will make quite the talking point at your next festival or social greet.
It's fairly simple to operate, though we did find that tuning FM is laborious due to the dented knobs.
Like the amplifiers themselves, the presentation of the Marshall is warm with a substantial bottom end. While the sound may not "bite" enough for some, it delivers talk, dance stations and, of course, rock stations with plenty of oomph. We've criticised local broadcasts for sounding too shrill in the upper register and the Marshall does its best to hide these shortcomings.
In comparison, we found the Pure One Classic to be a little drier sounding, though more extended into the treble. However, it's got nowhere near the build quality of the Evoke.
Despite our hopes about using the Marshall as an external tuner for a hi-fi system, connecting the Stereo out doesn't defeat the on-board speaker. You can use the headphone connection, of course, but the sound is then at the mercy of the volume control and on-board amp.
For the money we defy you to find a better built radio that also has this much rock cred. The radio's looks won't please everyone, but if you're a true rock fan you'll find this radio lives up to the Marshall heritage.