Product Type: Sony in PC Speakers
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Best value for money IPod/IPhone dock on the market!
Member Name: Andy-P
Advantages: Great sound, durable and cheap
Disadvantages: Large, heavy
I was looking for a portable speaker for my IPod; I needed something durable and of high quality as it was intended for the aisle music and an after party at a wedding in Italy. I had been looking around at Bose units but can't afford the hefty price tags so I took a chance at the Sony RDPX801PB having heard good things about Sony's portable speaker range.
This is my first Sony audio product since a Walkman so I wasn't sure what to expect, I must say that this is a great device. The design is simple and solid, it is not the lightest dock on the market weighing in at 1.9kg but that's the sacrifice for the quality of the product. The connector fits nicely into the face of the dock via a hinge which protects it from knocks. It has an OLED display which gives a nice crisp display whilst also using less battery life and can be seen from a fair distance.
Battery Life - The unit comes with an in-built rechargeable battery (easily removed if need be), this lasts for at least 6-8 hours when fully charged. It takes a while to charge so I charge it overnight before taking it anywhere. The dock also doubles up as a useful charger if your outside and your battery is running low on your IPhone; the dock comes with a few different connecters if your IPhone does not fit properly.
Controls - There are two ways to control the dock,
1. By the touch sensitive controls on the top of the dock, just need to rest a finger on them to work. They can take a while to register a command when the dock has been idle so don't keep tapping.
2. The remote, can be used for all of the features and is easy to use. Only problem is that it is small and the dock does not have a place to store it. This was a major problem for me when travelling to Italy with it.
The dock has full control of your IPod/IPhone's menus so you do not have to remove them when searching for a song/video clip.
Durability - As mentioned before the main reason I bought this was for a Wedding in Italy, I was concerned about if it would get damaged in transit. It survived the flights and the car journeys without a dent or scratch to my delight. It also survived a week in the sun with temperatures averaging mid 30's, I thought as the dock is black it might melt. It weighs 1.9kg and is quite large so if you have a luggage allowance you may need to look at another device, I didn't want something that would break after being thrown about an airport so I sacrificed some space.
Sound - Everybody asks where I got it from when they hear the sound quality, I rate it up there with the Bose docks that cost double if not more what I paid for it. Distortion is not a problem until you get right up to the maximum volume setting (which is extremely loud).
This dock comes with 5 equaliser modes Rock, Pop, Jazz, Vocal and Flat. Each noticeably make a difference to the Bass, treble etc but I tend to leave it on Flat as it delivers an even mix.
The connector is only for I phone/IPod so you will need to use the A/C cable provided if you wish to use it for any other products. This is not the longest of cables so I would use the money saved from not buying a Bose to invest in another.
All in all this was the perfect speaker for my trip and it performed its job brilliantly. Nothing I've heard can beat this for value for money, a real bargain!
Summary: Why bother spending £300 on a dock when this one is just as good for half the price!