Product Type: Technika digital audio accessories
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No! Just no.
Technika SP-507B Portable iPod Speaker
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Technika SP-507B Portable iPod Speaker
Advantages: Cheap, Erm it's black?
Disadvantages: Below average sound quality.
Now, we know that the bundled headphones are rubbish but for those with just a wish to listen music privately they will suffice as much as any cheap pair would do. To really hear what is going on in the song structure and to hear all tones across the production you need to invest in something a bit more special. So does the same apply when you wish to hear the music in the comfort of your room with the music filling the space? Absolutely!
Docks for iPods are available in massive numbers coming in at prices as low as £15 and all the way up in excess of £1000. So what do you get for your money at the budget end of the market? Well, personally I automatically assume that you get reasonable quality audio at moderate volume and with limited distortion. After all the term "you get what you pay for" is pretty much appropriate in most cases.
With reference to this particular Technika model it is certainly true. When I bought it in store at Tesco it was priced at £29.99. I chose it because the styling was a little different, it fitted all iPods and it had a remote control. I could write you a list of features but it would be very short indeed. This is a basic loudspeaker for your iPod and nothing more.
The main features you will find absent is as follows:
The features that are available are a line in jack at an industry standard 3.5mm, a power button and volume controls. The unit is powered by a bundled PSU and does not accept batteries. A basic remote control is also included which takes a flat cell battery (included). It serves a purpose but I personally prefer to use the iPod itself to make changes.
In terms of quality the build looks reasonable enough and the lack of features means I haven't experienced much in the way of problems. However it is on the quality of the audio on which this product should be truly judged and here is sadly falls short. And by quite a margin too.
Selecting a variety of tracks from different genres and adjusting the volume I tried to find an optimum sweet spot which I could leave as my default preference. Unfortunately the sweet spot turned out be quite elusive. The 3w speakers are of poor quality and don't deliver anything that a decent mobile phone loudspeaker would be able to manage. As a dedicated device then it doesn't really fulfill it's role.
Perhaps I'm being too harsh?
Well the sound is devoid of any character and feels limp without a subwoofer. The absence of tone controls only serves to exacerbate the problem. In a medium to large room the sound is just swallowed up and feels hollow. Increasing the volume only offers marginal improvement as the poor speaker quality is exposed with distortion and vibration.
So it's all bad then?
Not quite. If all you want to do is hear a tune you know and love then the quality of the song itself is what really matters. You can happily spend time singing along to your favourite tracks and the fun is not really diminished. It's only when you start to demand that little bit extra that the system fails.
Cheap solution for those wishing to listen to their media in the open. I have heard budget speakers that sound both loud and clear and perform well in excess of this item. As a temporary measure or for being placed in a small room then it will be adequate but I suggest you look elsewhere.
This system is available only through Tesco but there are revisions to the model with the exact same product number. Some are available that also take AA batteries for true portability.
This unit fits all iPod types and charges at the same time. The iPhone is not officially optimized for this product but will work though there may be some quality compromises. It does however charge the iPhone.
Summary: Below par iPod dock.
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