iwantit IW300 Universal iPod docking station
£14.98 from Currys
iPod Dock Station
I suppose you could say that I have been bitten by the iPod bug of late and have been trying and buying all manner of iPod accessories.
My latest two aquisitions have been made in an effort to make the most of my MP3 collection by linking the iPod to my two home hifi setups.
It seems pointless to me to have nearly 3000 tracks (over 300 CDs) at my disposal, the means to store them all in one place (the iPod) but not have the means at my fingertips to peruse them without having to load and reload CD,s.
A docking station is the answer.
I will review the "Kensington iPod docking station" later on, but my first purchase was the "iwantit" IW300 universal docking station for 5th Gen 30 and 80GB iPods and all the Nano models. The IW300 was bought from Currys digital for £39.99, and only comes in iPod white, but it is a substantial looking beasty (something I always like.)
The unit ships with it own lovely credit card sized remote which allows full control of the iPod when it is sat in the station, including Menu control, playback control and volume.
The station has a full array of inputs on the back, audio L and R, yellow video input, S Video (for playing music videos through your TV) and mains power input (lead supplied.) The quality of the playback of videos depends very much on the size of your TV, on my 17" LCD the quality was pretty good, but on the 42" plasma in my living room the low quality was evident.
The station comes with 5 sleeves that sit in the actual dock to allow the iPod of your choice to sit firmly without rocking (could damage the port at the bottom of the pod) and off you go.
The audio playback is excellent, but is obviously dependent on the quality of your AV receiver or amp and the settings you apply. The beauty of the iwantit though is that you can control the volume of the iPod through the dock and the actual volume levels of the iPod are not affected, a definite advantage in my opinion.
I replaced the supplied leads with better quality Cambridge audio leads and the sound quality went up another notch.
The iwantit is about 4 inches square and 3 inches high, so it does take up some space and could be intrusive, but as I said substantial usually means quality to me and on this occasion that mantra rings true.
Update - Currys now have the IW300 for only £21.97 (£14.98 + £6.99 shipping (!)) :
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