426 of 429 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat
The secret which the Amazon listing doesn't tell you is that this compact, simple and good looking unit has 20 watts of output. This compares with 10 watts or less for other speakers of similar size - in fact, much bulkier midi hi fi systems will often have not more than 30 watts of output. This is the secret of both the amazing sound quality and also the terrific power...
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by mg1900
99 of 107 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product! Shame it doesn't work anymore
This PRODUCT is great. Sound quality is good (bass expander a little punchy, though) and value for money is excellent. It WAS compatible with the iphone too - until the OS4 upgrade. Now it is not.
At first, I mistakingly thought the product was at fault and Amazon quickly delivered a replacement but the problem was the same - the new iphone OS4 DOES NOT WORK...
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by RichSimpson
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426 of 429 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)The secret which the Amazon listing doesn't tell you is that this compact, simple and good looking unit has 20 watts of output. This compares with 10 watts or less for other speakers of similar size - in fact, much bulkier midi hi fi systems will often have not more than 30 watts of output. This is the secret of both the amazing sound quality and also the terrific power (loudness) it can deliver without distortion.
We use this for classical music as well as jazz and pop and that is very challenging for any speaker. But this unit copes easily and well. It is good throughout the range, including bass (and there is a bass booster option).
It looks neat and small so you can put it pretty much anywhere - in the kitchen, in the bedroom, or in the living room. Wherever it is, it will fill the room with sound, although not taking up any space. The design which angles the speaker off the ground on a base makes it look even smaller.
The remote is very versatile. It will operate every function on the iPod (not just volume etc) and the power button will turn off both the speaker and also the iPod. The iPod then goes into recharge mode.
This is a complete solution for iPod docking, and is small enough to be portable too. It only has one wire (for power) which makes moving it around even easier. The power cable is shortish. If you wanted a longer one, however, any power cable from any applicance would have the same standard plug setting so you could simply swap them around. The short cable is all part of the neatness, however, and is best as long as you do not want to place it too far from a power point.
There is no radio on this. It is just for iPod.
We bought ours after trying out many other models and the difference in sound quality was what did it for us. PC World and Currys were both (in August 2009) charging £99 for this and that looked like excellent value. But Amazon are offering it for just £76 which is incredible value. It is as good as units costing twice the price.
Look no further. If you want a speaker to dock, play and charge your iPod, you won't do better than this at any price.
262 of 266 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of a big bunch in and around its price range,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)The decision to purchase the Sony SRSGU10IP was the result of a huge amount of research into iPod speaker docks costing from £10 - £200. Within this price range the market is flooded with speaker docks that claim to offer great sound and must-have features. However, if you are at all interested in listening to decent sounding music then the reality is that most of the speakers available will only end up offending your ears and ultimately hurting your wallet when it comes to buying the replacement. I purchased and tested a variety of speaker docks before settling for the Sony SRSGU10IP and found the Sony to offer the best combination of sound quality, visual design and iPod/iPhone focused features.
The Sony SRSGU10IP is for playing music and nothing else. It does not feature built in radio, an alarm clock or the ability to dock the iPod horizontally for movie watching. But, what it does offer is crisp, clean, warm and semi-authentic sound reproduction from it's twin speaker base ported cabinet. Unlike most of the speakers I tested in and around this price range, the Sony interprets treble, mid and bass effectively, outputting a sound that is close to that recorded - extremely well considering its amazingly low price. Many iPod/iPhone speakers I tested were incapable of successfully handling mid-range and bass notes together, and those manufacturers that boasted deep bass often seemed to provide it at the cost of a weak mid-range delivery. Not so with the Sony who's clever cabinet design outputs punchy bass tones alongside pleasing mid range and treble. The Sony also boasts a Bass Boosting feature that works well in increasing the delivery of bass heavy notes. It is worth mentioning that the Sony SRSGU10IP is not massively loud at full volume, but certainly loud enough to fill a standard sized room for any party that doesn't require a disk-spinning DJ, and more importantly at full volume it still provides well presented delivery of all music types without any unpleasant distortion. It also provides a 3.5mm headphone/aux jack input to hook up other devices other than iPod's/iPhones.
A fully functional remote control is included in the box, which allows for easy navigation of the iPod'iPhone's iTunes folders and playlists alongside volume and bass boost alterations. The face of the remote control is kept clear of all but the essential buttons making it simple to operate. It fits comfortably into your hand and provides an impressive response time between the press of a button and the iPod/iPhone responding (a problematic issue with many other iPod speaker dock remote control units). As might be expected, the Sony overrides the iPod/iPhone's sleep settings to continually display the iTunes album artwork etc. whilst the device is in use, but dimming the brightness after a few seconds without user interaction in order to consume less power and protect the iPod/iPhone display. And when the Sony is switched on at the plug, whether the device is playing music or in standby mode, the iPod/iPhone will have it's charge kept topped up.
Visual quality is important to me too, and the Sony SRSGU10IP does not disappoint in the looks department. The design is modern and minimalist, featuring a single rectangular speaker cabinet that sits firmly on a flat-plated base. The edges of the cabinet are rounded and it is covered in a deep gloss black paint that looks impressive in all lights. The base plate has a satin charcoal-grey finish and incorporates the iPod/iPhone dock, a power button, plus and minus volume keys and an 'Input' button that switches between the docked iPod/iPhone and the auxiliary 3.5mm jack port. Simplicity is the key with the Sony SRSGU10IP. Sony provide a set of docking adaptors* in the box for the majority of recent years iPod's and iPhones so that the MP3 devices sit snugly in position without putting excess stresses on the devices docking connectors.
As previously mentioned, I purchased a variety of iPod/iPhone speaker docks to test and compare and the Sony SRSGU10IP stood out as the best provider of quality music from MP3 devices. It didn't have the funky digital display of the Gear4 HouseParty4 (which was also an impressive unit, but concentrated on a louder sound delivery at the expense of authentic music reproduction), or the cool good looks of the JBL offerings (which lacked bass depth and volume in spades), but it did provide the best quality sound output across the wide range of music genres I listen to. From Dance to Rock, Hip Hop to Easy Listening, the Sony SRSGU10IP outputs a strong and well balanced delivery that is capable of suiting almost all styles of musical preference.
Nobody would expect sound quality rivaling a top-end component Hi-Fi rack for anywhere near this price range, but If you care about your music and want to enjoy it day-in, day-out, the Sony SRSGU10IP is the best of a very big bunch. Given the very low price for something offering this level of quality it is easy to crown the Sony SRSGU10IP the ultimate iPod/iPhone docking speaker within this price range. In fact I think you will be hard pushed to find anything to beat it at less than £200.
As it is not stated on the packaging, it is also worth mentioning that the Sony SRSGU10IP does work flawlessly with the Apple iPhone 4, and should therefore work with the new iPod Touch that has just been launched (September 2010).
*One of the provided docking connector adaptors fits the new iPhone 4 perfectly.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A View of the Sone SRSGU101P,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)I bought an iPod Touch to eliminate constant issues with failing CD players. So I needed a decent amplifier/speaker system to play tunes in good quality sound. I tried about 6 different brands. Some I tested cost about 3 times the price of the Sony unit. Without question it is "head and shoulders" above all the other units in terms of fidelity, pure sound. Sound output is great for regular living rooms or bedrooms. Obviously if you want to floor a football stadium with sound then it is not for you. It is truly an uquestionable buy in terms of amazing sound quality for the price, ease of use and appearance. It is a great value for the money and I recommend it without reservation.
122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant speakers,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)This has great bass and the speakers really pack a punch considering how small it is. The treble and mid range are both clear and the sound produced easily fills a small/medium room and there is little distortion when turned up to full volume. Bought this after returning my Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime which has an unreliable alarm when used with my iPhone 3g. The Logitech, even though "works with iphone" does have some major glitches and the sound produced is inferior to the Sony. I am very pleased with the Sony and it also "works with iPhone" and is compatible with the 3g. I have no problem with the dock though occasionally the message appears about putting it in flight mode, I ignore it and it works perfectly. It charges the iPhone whilst docked too. I use an app called "night stand" which works well as a clock/alarm so not missing that function at all. You can use the remote to access the ipod functions from the iPhone which is an added bonus. No screen but I don't think that really matters. It looks much more refined than the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere v2 Black for iPod and iPhone and has a wooden cabinet with piano black finish - very smart and looks much more expensive than it is.
Altogether I am very pleased with this buy and would really recommend it, it's great value for money.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)Well i purchased this recently , was a bit unsure about it would 1: work with my Iphone 3g 2: the sound would be any good. But honestly I shouldn't worry so much , it excelled in both counts, it works perfectly with the Iphone 3g/s and also the sound quality is so good , the bass response is outstanding and it packs a punch as its can be turned up very loud, the sound can easily fill a small to medium room .. It has a bass boost switch too , but my preference is to have it off , too much bass, but you techno fans will probably love that ...
Overall a full 5 stars , good solid, great quality product...
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sound, Good Value,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)Another excellent product from Sony, especially at the bargain Amazon prices.
Easy to set up and use and a stylish looking piece of kit.
Not a bad sound either, a little heavy on the bass (I found the bass-boost to be a complete overkill) and the higher frequencies could be a bit crisper. That said though, the sound is more than satisfying (especially if you rip your mp3s at a decent rate), easily filling a room.
I highly recommend it for the overall package of good looks, sound, simplicity of use and value for money.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)A friend of mine has a B&W Mini Zeppelin - and the sound quality on that befits a product that costs £400.
This is a quarter of the price of the Mini Zep but easily stacks up against it. The sound is deep and rich, it fills the space and even at higher volumes there is almost no distortion (not that I've heard, anyway). Bass is strong and can be switched off if you prefer a lighter sound. And as others have said, this is POWERFUL: I have it in a corner of my bedroom but it can easily be heard throughout my flat.
There are a lot of nice touches: the remote is simple and easy to use and does exactly what you want it to. It comes with a range of dock adapters to suit the iPhone 3G/3GS and the most recent versions of the iPod family, and it is compact so you really can put it anywhere; the footprint is smaller than a piece of A4 paper.
Buy it and don't be disappointed.
65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)Having just bought my first house, I was in need of a docking system for my 3g iPhone to take pride of place on my new TV stand.
Both my parents and my sister own Bose docking stations, and although impressed by the sound quality, I don't think it quite matches the price.
I bought this elsewhere for £100, and quite frankly I'm amazed by the quality. Now, I'm far from a music expert, but all I know is, when turned up loud this doesn't distort at all.
It's the perfect living or dining room addition.
Thoroughly recommended. Looks smart, allows full romote control of iPhone and is a great price!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)Bought this after returning the awful Klipsch iGroove which had a horrible static level (please check my review). This was half the price. Sony have a great product here.
Firstly, it is compact and looks smart in black gloss. It looks better in person than in the product photos and has a good weight to it. The buttons are responsive with a good click. It is supplied with an array of adaptors, none for the newest iPod Touch or iPhone (sony recommend purchasing the appropriate dock connector from Apple). The iPod Touch 4th generation does appear to sit very sturdy without the adaptor, though. I thought I would fear for it bending or buckling but the iPod Touch is so light I don't feel that this will be an issue. I'll keep an eye out for the appropriate adaptor when I'm next in an Apple store, I'm sure.
The remote is great, you can actually navigate the iPod music menu. Ideal for flipping between tracks within an artist or album. Holding a key does not cause fast-scrolling so navigating a big library necessitates touching the iPod.
For the price, the sound is great. Clear bass and crisp trebles leading to a good rounded sound. It lacks the punch and pure grunt of the £100+ docks but for the price it really is a great sounding unit, representing a good range of musical genres well. It will thump it's way though bassy dance tunes and pull out detail from quieter acoustic tracks. I'm very happy with the sound, and I am a fussy person. Quiet listening is possible with no static audible during pause; you literally have to have your ear against the unit to hear any 'hiss' -great job Sony.
However, the unit performs best at personal to moderate volume levels. At high volumes, the 'bass boost' effect is lost and drowned out by the treble. Sure, you can have it loud, but it does not sound great at it- overblown and muddied. In addition, the bass boost is somewhat excessive at moderate volumes. It is awesome at personal to low-moderate volumes, really adding some definition to the bass with an ickle hint of a punch. At high moderate, especially with modern, bass-heavy tracks, you get that lovely 'empty thump' where you know the speakers cannot just represent the bass that is being asked of them. No huge issue- turn the bass booster off in these situations and it performs very well. So, at low volumes the bass booster is great. At higher volumes, or with tracks that feature heavily pronounced bass, it is best turned off- at little detriment to the overall quality.
The unit performs best with tracks that are not over-amplified and have a balanced sound; Micheal Jackson, Coldplay, Lighthouse Family are rendered admirably with clear crisp trebles, a pleasing refined bass, and plenty of 'contrast' between the quieter and louder sounds. Heavily-pronounced bass in dance songs suffers and is not represented particularly well, such as in 'We No Speak Americano, but Pendulum's 'Granite' along with Chase and Status' 'Running' are represented acceptably well at moderate volumes for such a smaller unit. The unit is impressive with traditional music, but for tunes that rely on their stomach rumbling bass, it is not the best- but it puts on an adequate show.
Even when pushed, there is no rattle of the unit construction which is fantastic, but to be fair, at these volumes the bass is lost anyway so it is not such an achievement. Also, experiment with the positioning of the unit. The bass benefits from the unit being sat in an alcove or corner, but the same could be said for any speaker unit. Edit: After using for a bit longer I can say that there is some slight, quiet rattle to the speakers themselves on the punch of a drum kick on enhanced songs- even when the bas boost is off. Sat close to the unit, you can just about hear it, but when it is across the room you cannot, and you don't have a chance curing the main sections of music. I've only heard it in songs that feature drum kick in the introduction when it is just drum.
So, in summary- the Sony is fantastic value for money on Amazon. I might feel a little disappointed had I paid full RRP. That said, it is the best I have heard within it's price range; where many docks give a flat, empty sound and feel cheap, the Sony is built well and gives a bright, balanced sound; great for personal listening in a smaller room. At low to moderate volumes, with bass boost, it gives a very very pleasing sound with most musical types. It puts up a fair fight at medium to high moderate volumes- but falls apart when asked to play at excessive volumes. For the money, it is fantastic. For those that demand the ability to pump out bass-heavy dance tracks at loud volumes with punch, you may want to look elsewhere- and at spending four times the money. For five stars, the unit would have to handle bass boost with no distortion at any volume, and also eradicate the little speaker rattle that is sometimes audible.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sony srsgu10ip,
This review is from: Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (Electronics)Well i did loads of research before buying this as a present for my girlfriend,she loves music,is very "particular" in her taste and will only buy quality products.I listened to probably 15 different docking speakers or various prices,from bose down to medion one from aldi(it was surprisingly good!).
Of all the units i tried,the Sony is by far and away the best,the sound that it gives off is amazing,crystal clear,full of depth and plenty loud enough.In terms of size its big enough not to be fiddly,and small enough to fit just about anywhere and be portable as its not to heavy.
I did the same as one of the other reviewers on here,and looked in Currys,but bought off here.
I would highly recommend this unit and would give it ten out of ten.
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