While many of us have speaker docks for our iPhones and iPods, few have been made that suit the differences seen in the iPad. While the Apple tablets takes advantage of the same 30-pin dock connector, they require more power to properly charge and the larger format means it won’t fit in many of the existing speaker cradles. Fortunately for us, Sony has a solution! The RDP-X500IP Premium Speaker Dock is a feature-rich, high-quality sound machine capable of working with all of your iOS devices.
Sony claims their new speaker dock will deliver “booming bass and crisp, clear highs” by taking advantage of a built-in subwoofer and damperless speakers. With beautiful stainless steel accents, the design of the unit is nothing short of the sleek electronics beauty we have come to expect from Sony.
If you needed any persuasion to invest in one of these units, all you need to do is take a look at the considerable list of features. My favorite is the flexible dock connector that allows you to dock your iPad without removing it from the case. The free D-Sappli app will give you added bonuses like a large clock display and an on-screen customizable equalizer so you can personalize your audio playback to suit your preferences.
While the primary use for speaker docks has been for playing music, consider the cradle-hold it has on your device and try watching a movie on your iPad with it docked. Not only does it place your device at the perfect angle for watching video content, the sound system will make it feel like a fantastic little home theater. The only thing that would have been nice is the ability to somehow swivel your iPad into landscape mode while remaining docked.
The Sony RDP-X500IP Speaker Dock for iPad, iPhone and iPod will retail for $299.99 and is currently available for pre-order from the Sony website. The units are expected to ship during the first week of October, which means you will receive them in plenty of time to cross a few people off your Christmas list.
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