Here we have a few shots of the system tuned into a local radio station as well as using my iPhone. When using the radio, you can adjust the screen to display the radio station, time or graphic equalizer. The system also supports RDS (Radio Data System). Many radio stations broadcast RDS information which includes the station call letters and other text information such as the current song. Not all stations broadcast RDS but if yours does, it will display on the LCD screen. You are also given a signal strength meter in the top right. The other icon in the photo above is the StereoXL icon.
Here we have several photos showing off the different display screens that are available. You may also notice how the display dims a good bit when the lights are turned off.
As far as general usage, the Dream is straightforward and easy to use. The included remote has all of the same buttons as the unit does so you can fully control it from a distance. The remote has a nice line-of-sight range and it worked flawlessly across my living room as well as in my bedroom. The included instruction manual details every button and function so you shouldn't have any problems operating the unit.
I like the fact that Logitech integrated the antenna inside the power cord, but this means you will need to fully extend the cord for the best reception, which could present a problem if you don't have a lot of room behind your nightstand or bed to stretch a cable without it being visible. Reception was good inside my brick-lined apartment.
I used the dock with my iPhone 3GS but initially ran into an issue. According to the Quick Start Guide, I was to use Dock Adapter #12 but when I tried this adapter, it prohibited the phone from making full contact with the base and connector. I ended up having to bypass the adapter to get it to fit properly, which did work but I felt a little uneasy having the phone only supported by the connector. Unfortunately I didn't have an iPod on hand to test another adapter with but the good news is there are a lot of adapters for a wide variety of iPods. Logitech claims the dock will work with any iPod with a dock connector.
Other than that, I didn't have any other issues with using the iPhone. The dock immediately recognized the phone every time and the phone didn't give me any issues with the dock.
The audio quality of the Dream is top notch in my opinion. Music played from my iPhone sounded very good and filled the entire room at 70% volume. As for general listening, I was impressed with everything from rock to rap. The bass on rap music was deep sounding but not hard hitting if that makes sense. Of course, as with any music system, you will likely want to adjust the bass and treble based on the type of music you regularly listen to.
The StereoXL feature was very subtle and while I could tell a difference when switching it on / off, it certainly wasn't enough to "wow" me. Audio sounded slightly less muffled with it on, but again, most people wouldn't be able to tell a difference with it on or off.
I also tried the unit with the auxiliary port on the back of the system. As you have likely noticed with these types of jacks on car stereos, the quality produced by this input is much less than that of a dock connector or other direct connection and thus, I had to turn the volume up much louder on the dock. It's nice to have as a last resort if you own a music player besides an iPod / iPhone, but then odds are you wouldn't have bought an iPod dock in the first place if that were the case.
The alarm clock works as advertised. There are two alarms that can be stored which means you could have one for the week and another for the weekend (wait, who wakes up early on the weekend on purpose?). You can set the alarm to buzz, play an AM or FM station or activate your iPod. I selected iPod and was then prompted to select from which playlist I wanted the tunes drawn from as well as the volume level.
When the alarm went off, the music volume gradually increased as to not scare the mess out of you when it wakes you from a dead sleep which was nice. I liked having three options to snooze the alarm: the large snooze button on top of the unit, the button on the remote control and the motion sensor by simply waving your hand over the top of the unit.
Another useful feature of the Dream is its ability to charge your iPod / iPhone as it sits in the dock. Now you can simply leave your phone in the dock overnight instead of on the charger and still wake up to great tunes.
As mentioned earlier in the review, I didn't care for the slightly crooked Logitech name and logo printed on the front of the dock or the loose battery cover. Hopefully these are isolated issues and not common among the Dream line.
As of writing, the Logitech Pure-Fi Dream retails for $189.99 at a popular online retailer. The price is a bit steep for an iPod dock but once you factor in all of the features and the alarm clock, the price looks much more attractive.
OCIA.net has awarded the Logitech Pure-Fi Dream our Silver Seal of Approval.