Audyssey's Sound Dock Packs A PhD

Audyssey's new iOS-compatible speaker dock squeezes sophisticated software engineering cred - found in the high-end audio equipment you might already own - into one diminutive grilled black slab. With years of university research under its belt, the tiny guy wallops your iPod.

The Audyssey dock pounds out a surprising amount of power from a box the size of a large lunchbox (albeit a very heavy one), using two 4-inch drivers and two 3/4-inch tweeters. You're free to park your iPod or iPhone into the dock connector or stream tunes over Bluetooth or via micro USB. Another clever function of the box - again, accomplished through refined audio wizardry - is the inclusion of dual microphones, turning the dock into a full telephony station, whether it be Skype or traditional phone calls. The station has two built-in mics, each of which spatially track the location of voices in the room and alternate between acting as input and blocking out noise or echos.

At $US399, the Audyssey dock is certainly not a dorm essential (or possibility), nor will it replace your home theatre (despite being impressive for its size). But those looking for an alternative to similarly priced and featured docks would be served by giving it a listen. [Audyssey]


    if only itunes didn't compress the living shit out of everything then it might be worth investing in a dock with good sound.

    @Jim, then import your own CDs using Apple Lossless instead of MP3/AAC.

    My main focus is usually receivers for home audio but one of the main advantages of this type of solution is portability. It's not always possible to run a receiver channel to another zone for music, so this looks like an excellent solution due to it's portability.

    The price tag looks hefty but then again if you want higher quality audio then I suppose you are going to need to pay a premium, especially when you consider the raft of low quality cheap ipod / iphone docks that flood the budget end of the market.

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