Product Type: Amethyst digital audio accessories
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iPanda plays the music!
Amethyst iPanda iPod Speaker Dock
Member Name: blueskaiblue
Amethyst iPanda iPod Speaker Dock
Advantages: Easy to set up, easy to use, quirky design
Disadvantages: Cannot be used at full volume (why would you want to), the mouth flashes while on standby.
My wife was badgering me for a docking station for her iPod touch, with some searching I came across the iPig and next to it was the iPanda! I'll have to explain that my wife is a little quirky, like unusual things and anything different. I therefore figured this was probably the best kind of docking station I could get her. I was a difficult choice between the pig and panda but I went with the panda in the end as the black and white, with the detail on the eyes was more attractive to me. Needless to say my wife loved it as soon as she saw it.
In the box there is panda itself, the AC adapter power lead, an audio connection cable, which is simply a jack to jack cable (headphone to headphone), a remote control that takes a watch style battery (included), a set of differently sized cradles for any iPod imaginable, a little plastic 'lever' that helps get the cradles out of the panda for changing and of course the manual.
Setup was a doddle, I should know the wife had me set it up, plug in the AC adapter into the back of the panda and into the wall then select the correct cradle from the ones that are available, instructions for this are in the manual, and place into the iPanda. When the iPanda is turned on the mouth lights up so very easy to know if it's on or even on standby. After putting the iPod into the dock, you can use the iPod itself to press play or you can use the remote provided to control the iPod.
The sound quality is really good unless the iPanda is turned up all the way, there is a subwoofer included in the 5 speakers on board so this will obviously make for good low end. I think the problem the wife and I had was we like to push things from the beginning so we put some drum and bass on the iPod and turned all the way up. There was a little bit of crackling and distortion when turned all the way up. I don't think anyone will need to have this turned up all the way though as this is very loud and not what the system is intended for I think. For day to day use the sound quality is very good, there are manual bass and treble adjusters on the back so you can adjust to the type of music if you want. One of the niftiest things about the system is the volume controls on the panda itself. The ears are used to control the volume and as far as I can tell it's a touch sensitive system meaning no pressure is required at all.
We've had the iPanda for almost a year now, and though it doesn't get used as much as it used to, the quality is still there. Seemingly it was more of a novelty when we first got it, but as a speaker/dock system its top notch and does exactly what it says on the tin.
Summary: Quirky design, good quality sound.
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