Product Type: Goodmans hifi systems
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Member Name: renniechew
Advantages: Great quality for a reasonable price
Disadvantages: Not very decent radio
I first purchased this items a couple of years ago. I wasn't really that aware of this kind of product so I only bought this for its look rather than its speakers or capability for different ipod generations.
I got this product from Argos for £59.99, however after looking around on Amazon and some other sites, I see that I was obviously lucky as they are now going for around £70 and above.
***What it can do***
This product has the ability to play CD's, the radio and any generation of ipod. However, I found it difficult to put and iphone or ipod touch into it as the small hole where it should be placed is more suitable to the slimmer ipods although it is possible and does still play the music. The docking station is very easy to change the song with either the buttons on the ipod, the station itself or a handy remote.
The CD player was just as impressive with no problems that I have come across yet. The see through casing allows you to see the CD going round which I know isn't very important but still very cool. To get the CD in, there is a button on the bottom that you press so that the lid can go upwards. The lid must be closed for the CD to be played however, it can be open or closed in order the music from your ipod to be played to allow you to scroll through it.
I never really got much of a chance to use the radio. I think it was this feature and only this feature that really brought the product down. There is a small tangly wire that comes out the back of it that you have to twist and move around like an aerial to get it to a radio channel and in all the time I have had this product I have never managed to get it bang onto a station. There seems to always be a crackling sound and you end up standing on one leg with your arm outstretched in order to get the wire near the right position.
There is a small screen on the corner of this docking station where it first shows you whether you are on the ipod, CD player or radio. Once turned off it gives you the time and when on the CD player it shows you what song you are listening to.
The buttons on the bottom are: ON/OFF button, function button (to change from ipod to radio for example, CAD/ memory, previous song, sound volume knob, next song, play/pause and finally open/close the lid. The buttons are quite annoying to press as sometimes they get stuck and have to stick your nails in (if you have any) to release it. The sound knob also irritates me as you have to turn it to a click to make it go down once. Its not a big problem but id much prefer a different style volume control.
*** Its appearance and sound***
If you look at a picture of this product, you can probably see that its quite slick looking. The blue light especially is my favourite part as it adds a bit more coolness to this product. The speakers are unattached to the main body allowing you to move them around the room about an arms length away or can be changed for larger speakers if necessary. For me, the speakers work just fine and are loud enough for house parties or playing full blast music in your room and good enough quality as well.
Maybe its because of the occasional time that I have managed to drop it but the lid sometimes goes down on its on accord. It doesn't get in the way too much but can be annoying when you've got your hand stuck inside the change a CD or song.
Sometimes when charging my ipod and playing music at the same time, the music will pause on its own accord and decide to remind you that you're charging it by changing the screen on the ipod to the charging screen. Not a big irritant but can be embarrassing when halfway through bellowing a high note at the top of your lungs.
Out of all of the ipod docks I have seen, this is by far my favourite and would encourage people who are looking for this product to consider the Goodman's ipod and cd player. Its quite expensive but worth the quality and appearance.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Overall great dock
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