Stepping out from the box
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.