iDock . . . there­fore I rock!

Your iPad can be­come a stereo with the ad­di­tion of just one ex­tra gad­get, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son

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tuned bass pipes sit at the rear of the unit.

The re­sult is a crisp, bass­friendly and, frankly, enor­mous sound. We were scared to turn this speaker’s vol­ume all the way up. Even us­ing half its vol­ume earned dirty looks from neigh­bours.

Sur­pris­ingly, this wall of sound can be de­liv­ered with­out wires, thanks to a built-in recharge­able bat­tery that prom­ises to de­liver five hours of mu­sic while away from a power point.

There are few flaws to this speaker, though the dock is one of them. While it ac­com­mo­dates al­most ev­ery Ap­ple iGad­get, it does so loosely.

This means it can be used with bumper­sport­ing iPhone 4, but it’s not a thor­oughly se­cure iPad seat. Bass reproduction, though good for its size, could be deeper.

The Philips Fide­lio is hard to beat for flex­i­bil­ity, sim­plic­ity and vol­ume, how­ever.

Any­one look­ing to make an in-house show­case of their iPad this Christ­mas should ap­pre­ci­ate its front-and-cen­tre pre­sen­ta­tion.

Dock on: the Philips Fide­lio DS8550 rocks your iGad­get.

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