I was looking for something to replace my present cd/radio. I wanted to listen to my Ipod rather than messing about with CD's or listening to music I didnt like on the radio. So I searched and searched for the perfect dock to accompany my Ipod Touch. Finally I came across the Gear4 Bass station, one of the cheapest out of the top 5 docks I found on a review site. I decided to give it a go.
When I first got the box, I thought it was going to be HUGE, so was a little worried. But I was was happy to find that it was about the size of a mini hi fi system, so it won't take up the whole room. Its big enough to not look cheap, but not too big to look strange.
The 2 speakers and subwoofer are all enclosed inside one rectangular unit. It is primarily black in colour with white trim around the edges. It comes with power lead, 5 ipod docking bays and a jack for other MP3 players. Aswell as a small remote control.
There arent alot of features, it is pretty basic, which isn't a bad thing. Just plug in your ipod and you are pretty much good to go. If you must there are bass and treble adjusters to tweak it to your preferred levels.
So I connected my ipod touch to it and selected a song and turned it up as far as it would go. I was very impressed, no distortion or hissing and impressive bass from the 15w subwoofer and the sound from the 35w speakers was great. I tried a wide range of songs from Rock to Classical and it all sounded great.
So all in all I think this is a great dock, however it is no good for portability and it is definitly a stay at home dock. It looks stylish and modern without looking cheap. It is by no means a cheap item, but it isn't one of the more expensive ones either so it is up to you to decide what you want to pay. But i think this is a fabulous station and the sound quality is excellent. What more could you want?
Who wouldn't want yet another accessory for his/her iPod. I bought this for my iPod Nano, which effectively turns it into a home stereo system. With it, I can now enjoy my music through its speakers while I am relaxing around in the house.
It is a chuncky piece of plastic housing two speakers and subwoofer pounding away at an impressive 35W of bass.
Since it is aimed at the lower end of the market, I am not surprise that the remote operation is not supporting the feature of controlling the iPod Touch nor the iPhone interface. However it suits perfectly for older models of iPod such as mine. Other models supported including iPod 4G/2G, iPod Mini, iPod Video and iPod Classic.
As mentioned it comes with a remote control, which has all the usual playback controls; nothing too fancy. There is bass and treble control and you can navigate your iPod menu through it fairly easily.
The dimension is measuring at 43 x 17 x 17.5cm, which is rather noticable but not too big. I like the simple design though and I think the colour goes well with my white iPod. It is a rectangular black box with white lining on each edges. There are two handle spaces on each side to facilitate easy carrying.
You can charge your iPod while you are listening to your music by leaving it on the docking station. It has a line out port and boasts a 15W subwoofer, 35W of bass. It also comes with a RCA line in cable for use with other MP3 player.
Product details: http://www.gear4.com/
(selling for 99.99 - 12/08/2009)