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Hard to beat
on 24 August 2009
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.