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I actually won one of these in a grab machine at an arcade! How bizarre. I never win anything as a rule, but I'm very glad I won my little ghost. I had never even considered buying a dock as I already have a stereo, but there are multiple advantages to this little fella. He can be carried around from room to room for one, as he is very lightweight. So you can play your tunes wherever you happen to be. He also makes charging up my ipod extremely easy, just bung it in the slot and plug in, no need to fire up the laptop or mess about with USB cables. The ghost comes in various colours; white would perhaps be the most apt hue but I have the blue version. It is a very sleek and simple design and looks stylish. It isn't bulky and when there is no ipod in it it doesn't just look like a clunky old speaker in the corner, as some docks do. Some might say it is for children, but what can I say, I have childish taste! I wasn't expecting miracles from it when it came to sound quality, but I was pleasantly surprised. The sound is big and bold, with plenty of base. When you turn it up to full volume it gets extremely loud without distortion, which is great for such a small player! Overall, a good little dock and very good value for money. Me and Godfrey have been very happy together!
When it came to buying an iPod dock for my daughter for her bedroom I was not looking for anything too fancy. All it needed was the ability to charge the Ipod and play music, anything else was a bonus. When searching I fell in love with the iGhost, a fun and funky little speaker dock which is available in black and white and bought it for around £40. Things did not go well, the first ghost came home and worked for less than a day before dying. I was not happy and really wondered whether I wanted a replacement or not but the second ghost has been going strong for over a year now. The iGhost is a compact unit, small enough to sit on a bedside table and yet it delivers an amazing sound experience. It takes several different types of iPods as the dock has the different sized adaptors, my daughter has both an iPod classic and iPod touch and they both work perfectly with this unit. The MP3 player sits in the top of the ghost, my daughter says she wishes that there was more support for the back of the iPod touch as the surround is only around 1cm high but the iPod has never fallen over. The buttons on the iPod are accessible whilst the iPod is docked which is important if you want to change playlists or access any other menu buttons. There are a couple of minor niggles when using the iGhost. The first is the pathetic and tiny remote control which soon got lost. The second is the fact that the buttons on the machine are level with the body of the ghost and the markings soon rubbed off and needed to be redone with nail varnish so we could see them. The buttons do work well and the machine is simplicity itself to operate since it has only play, fast forward and rewind, pause, stop and volume controls. There is a blue light which shines from the bottom of the iGhost when it is in use. This could prove to be a distraction to those using it in a darkened room when they are trying to sleep or alternatively could provide a gentle glow for mood lighting or a night light. The iGhost allows for 360 degree sound around the machine due to the positioning of the speakers. I am very impressed by the quality of the sound produced by such a small machine. The techies out there will be interested to know that the speakers produce 3W of sound and the subwoofer 9W of power. I don't have a clue what any of that means but the quality is brilliant. My daughter has an eclectic taste in music which ranges from naff pop like Busted, classical, rock and also has numerous audio book she likes to listen to as she falls asleep and comedy shows. They have all been played back in really good detail with the sounds being crisp at all frequencies and a well defined bass. There is absolutely no distortion of sound at all and none of the tinniness that often comes with lower quality speakers. The iGhost is also capable of producing an ear splitting volume which my daughter loves but I am not so keen on when the sound comes blasting from her bedroom to assault my ears! The iGhost is a great wee docking station, charger and music player. At £40 it is a really good buy for a bedroom speaker which produces a great quality sound.
I should explain that I am a man who would take practicality over aesthetics any day of the week - so I may be slightly biased when reviewing this ighost. We have two of these bad boys - one black, one white. One is stationed in my daughters bedroom (where we use it to play music at bath/bed time) and the other in the dining room for mealtimes. We initially bought one when they were on offer for about £30, as we were looking for a docking station for the uses mentioned. Personally, I thought (and still do) it was very expensive for what it is, but my wife is a sucker for anything cutesie (which this undoubtedly is) and musical/ipod related. The second one was bought for us as a gift - as I say, I wouldn't buy one of these at full price for the reasons below. Considering it is fairly small (it's only about 25cmx25cm) it does pack a lot of punch in terms of the quality of the speakers/output. The two main speakers are obviously the ghost eyes, but there is a subwoofer, which helps with the base and a big speaker underneath it's main body. This has a total output of 15 watts apparently, but I have absolutely no idea what that means! All I care about is whether or not I can hear the music and with this you certainly can! Unfortunately - that is as good as it gets for this product! All the blurb that goes with this ipod dock says 'its touch-sensitive design means you can adjust your iGhost's volume quickly and easily' or similar - what this means is you will spend several minutes groping around it's smooth surface trying desperately to either turn it up or down or move the track on. We have had ours for about 3 years now and the markings have worn away, so it's virtually impossible to locate them! The problem is made worse as when you initially place your ipod into it, the volume seems to reset itself to 'destroy eardrum' level. If the buttons were raised even a millimeter, this would help, but of course the main selling point of this product is it's aesthetically pleasing design, so that option is out. It does come with a remote control, but I have to say, the remote is the most pointless square of plastic I have ever had the misfortune to use - plus it is so small you will lose it the second you unwrap it. The remote doesn't work unless you are stood practically on top of the ipod and even then it requires the perfect angle to get a response. By the time you have lined yourself up in the one position/angle that works (and pulled several muscles in the process), you may as well have just groped around for the stupid 'buttons' in the first place. OK, so there are a couple of other good features - it charges your ipod even when it's not playing - we have another dock/radio station which doesn't. It's also quite light and easily transported (we took it on holiday with us) and there is an audio input socket, so you can pump other things through it too (again, some ipod docks are only compatible with ipods themselves) Oh and the glow - when it's switched on (whether the music is playing or not), the ighost emits a blue neon glow from it's underbelly. Not so good if you require a fully dark room, but quite cool to show off to your friends (once). Why you would need that in an ipod docking station I don't know. It should also be noted that playing ipod tunes is the only thing this does. There are much better (and cheaper) ipod docks out there which include digital radios, cd players and alarm clocks etc. Granted they don't look as cool as this one, but are far more practical, hence I would only recommend buying one of these IF you intend to give it as a gift, but even then I think I'd be disappointed with it!
I bought this a couple of years ago when I saw it in a shop and loved how cute it was. It was before there was a craze for pig/panda/angry bird shaped speakers and at the time this was really unusual. I purchased a white one, which I think is the most attractive of the colour ranges - and since it is a ghost white seemed to be the most appropriate colour too. At the time I paid £39.99 for the docking station, which is more than what I wanted to pay but I loved how cute this one was as soon as I saw it so had to buy it. Now they still retail for roughly around the same price, at the minute they are available on amazon.co.uk for £34.99. The ighost comes in a square box which includes your ighost, a mains plug, a remote control and the instructions. Setting the ighost up is simple enough, plug your plug into a socket and switch the power on, then underneath the ighost there is a little on off switch. When switched on a blue LED light glows underneath the ighost illuminating whatever surface it is stood on. TThe speakers are the ghosts eyes, and there is also a speaker underneath too, the bottom of the ghost has little black pads on it to stop it scratching or moving around on whatever surface it is placed on - the white one also has a little smile on the front aswell which you cant see on the black one pictured above. It also has touch controls on the sides of the ighost to turn the volume up and down and to skip the track - unfortunatly these arent the most responsive things in the world but luckily you get a remote control too. The remote control itself is tiny, about the size of a credit card - but has lots of buttons and options such as turning up the base etc. The sound quality of this little ghost is actually quite suprising! It sounds a lot better than most docks that cost around this price, it doesnt sound tinny and has a good base on it for what you would expect. It also doesnt distort as you turn it up which is great! Also it is worth mentioning that it also charges your ipod up too whilst playing. Overall this is a great little ipod dock and really cute and quirky too, I definitely recommend it!
While re vamping my room, I didn't just stop at buying one station, I bought two, not at the same time of course, But I felt there was something else missing in my room still, i went back to HMV as I never looked at their full range they had out at the time, when I went back there was some new ones, this being on of them, except it was white not black. I thought that this was really cute and went with my Ipanda docking station too, even though I don't need two, these are really cool and cute and I can always bring one downstairs with me while I'm working so I can have music on as well. Placeing my Ipod in the slot in the top I selected a pendulum song as I like to hear how the bass sounds on these, same as the Ipanda, the sound quality on this was amazing, clear and crisp with no distortion even when up full blast I was very impressed, Of course for a speaker docking station this does look like it wouldn't work because of it's 'tacky' style, and we'll all think this, but once you actually hear what they sound like, the design becomes just as important to get the quirkiest around. Product Features:- Humanized Touch control allows you to control the speakers output by gently touching the sides where indicated. Compatible with all iPods, including latest Nano, iPhone 3g, iPod Touch 2nd Gen and newest Classic models. Compact Remote Control to browse your iPod features, menus etc. Space saver, 3 speakers & 15W Sub, Bass Reflex, Sound Stabilization technology for best sound quality. This plugs into the mains, and charges your Ipod up at the same time as it's playing, so it means it won't run out or stop mid way through a song because it has no charge, like a radio would do. It has a small remote control, to change tracks and the volume and the bass and a few other options. This would be a perfect christmas present for any teenager or even people older as I'm sure they'd enjoy this and it's easier to use, this when I would this was only £35
There are many iPod speaker docks on the market, therefore purchasing one is not exactly a straightforward or easy decision in my opinion. I wanted to buy a speaker dock a few months ago and my criteria was that it would have to be small enough to be able to take away on holiday, have a decent sound, not be too expensive and finally it must also charge your iPod whilst in use. Browsing on Amazon at the various speaker docks available, I was drawn to this unusual looking speaker dock which on first glance I thought resembled Darth Vader! Also there was the added bonus that my daughter had purchased an Amethyst speaker dock perviously (although not this model) and was perfectly happy with it. I also had heard the sound quality of her speaker dock and thought it was really good, so I was optimistic this one would be just as good. According to the manufacturers, Amethyst, the iGhost combines quality, performance, compatibility and style into one compact & spooky iPod docking station. The iGhost is designed with 3 speakers which provide 23 watts of premium 360oC sound, in spite of its small footprint. Product Features:- Humanized Touch control allows you to control the speakers output by gently touching the sides where indicated. Compatible with all iPods, including latest Nano, iPhone 3g, iPod Touch 2nd Gen and newest Classic models. Compact Remote Control to browse your iPod features, menus etc. Space saver, 3 speakers & 15W Sub, Bass Reflex, Sound Stabilization technology for best sound quality. Taking all this into account, along with its quirky design, my daughter's recommendation of her Amethyst speaker dock and also the price which was £35 at the time, I purchased one of these a few months ago from the Amazon website. To look at, this iGhost is indeed unusual if not a little scary! It has been a good talking point over the few months since I purchased it, with friends and family asking what it is! I suppose it does look rather strange just sitting there when it is not in use without my iPod Nano inserted. You would be forgiven for thinking that for the price paid, it would be a tacky, flimsy looking speaker dock, but this certainly is not the case. The plastic moulding is thick and solid and the iGhost is also heavier than I expected it to be. A mains adaptor is included and setting up is really easy. Simply plug into the mains and there is a switch on the base underneath to turn it on. When you do this, a LED blue glow is emitted from underneath which lights up whatever surface your iGhost is sitting on. Your iPod then inserts into the top of the iGhost. Multiple cradles are also provided to ensure that your iPod or iPhone will insert into the speaker dock. Once you have done this, then you can use the credit card sized remote control provided to access the menu on your iPod, select tracks, adjust the volume etc. You can also do this via touching the iGhost itself, as there are touch control indicators on either side of the iGhost, which are clearly indicated. The iGhost's 'eyes' are the speakers, with the third speaker located underneath. The sound quality I receive from the iGhost is just as good as the sound quality my daughter receives from her Amethyst speaker dock. It far exceeds my expectations, as I believe on looking at the iGhost it does look more like a novelty product than a serious speaker dock and for that reason alone, I don't think anyone would expect the sound quality to be as good as it is. However, I am sure that like me, you would be pleasantly surprised. The sound is not tinny at all and does not become distorted as you increase the volume. A fairly deep bass sound is emitted and the overall quality I cannot fault at all. One of the best features for me is that the iGhost does actually charge your iPod whilst in use and I can guarantee that it really does this, as there are speaker docks on the market which claim to charge your iPod and yet they don't. Therefore it is ideal to take away on holiday with you and you have no worries about charging your iPod or buying a separate charger. I took it on holiday abroad this summer and it was great to have a little music in our room on an evening. Likewise if going on a short break in the UK, I have taken it with me and it certainly beats taking a CD player and various CD's with you. All I need is my iGhost and my iPod and I am sorted. The iGhost also wouldn't look out of place in a teenager's bedroom and I am sure it has great appeal to that age group, making the iGhost a great gift idea for birthdays and Christmas. It is also available in white as well as black. The price of the iGhost seems to fluctuate on Amazon and the black iGhost is currently on sale priced at £41.44 with free delivery. The white model is priced at £39.57 also with free delivery. I have also seen these iGhost's on sale on EBay and in Curry's. My iGhost has not given me any problems thus far and for around the £40 mark you are getting a solid piece of equipment, with good sound and features, which can't be bad at all. I wouldn't hestitate to recommend the iGhost to anyone looking for a decent priced iPod speaker dock, even if it does resemble Darth Vader!