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mode if re­quired. The main unit con­nects to two un­usu­ally styled speak­ers that re­sem­ble droplets of black plas­tic lava. The speak­ers are en­cased in per­spex and all three units fea­ture brushed metal bases for a uni­form look.

The larger speak­ers in th­ese un­com­mon sur­rounds are rated at 20 watts, so they are ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing a lot of sound — more than enough for a stan­dard party.

Set­ting up this trio is sim­ple. The speak­ers con­nect to the main unit with in­cluded dou­ble-pronged ca­bles, and the main unit must be plugged into a wall. As soon as you slip an iPad into the dock, it prompts you to down­load the free Ko­gan app, where you can con­trol songs or ac­cess the dock’s hid­den tal­ents: FM ra­dio, mu­sic from any­thing con­nected to its AUX port, or in­ter­net ra­dio sta­tions.

Ac­cess to the TuneIn ser­vice has been built into this app so users with an in­ter­net connection can quickly ac­cess hun­dreds of world­wide ra­dio sta­tions, from chil­dren’s tunes to sports broad­casts.

It’s a handy ad­di­tion and one that comes into its own when such large speak­ers are there to de­liver it.

Con­sid­er­ing its ask­ing price of just $199, users get a lot of sound for their in­vest­ment. The speak­ers are ca­pa­ble of more vol­ume than you would rightly expect, its bass de­liv­ery should im­press hip-hop lovers and dis­tor­tion is ev­i­dent but kept to a rea­son­able level.

Users can fur­ther ad­just this stereo’s output with five equaliser set­tings, from jazz to rock, and can man­u­ally set tre­ble and bass lev­els in the Ko­gan app.

The En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tem also comes with a re­mote con­trol for ev­ery­thing from track se­lec­tion to au­dio de­liv­ery, mak­ing this sys­tem quite straight­for­ward to master and con­trol from afar.

Ko­gan’s take on an iPad stereo is un­likely to ap­pease all lis­ten­ers, how­ever. Though its look is strik­ing, this sys­tem also ap­pears and feels cheap at close range. Its metal edges are sharp and seem un­fin­ished, its un­usual, rounded speak­ers feel flimsy to the touch, and its re­mote con­trol chunky and hol­low.

Even its wiring is far from un­ob­tru­sive, leav­ing a spaghetti junc­tion be­hind the unit that users must hide.

For $199, users should ap­pre­ci­ate the Ko­gan En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tem’s abil­ity to turn an iPad into a cu­ri­ously ef­fec­tive sound sys­tem. Se­ri­ous au­dio­philes and those with an eye for build qual­ity will need to look else­where.

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