CU­BIC MU­SIC

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

LG’s lat­est, the ND8520 mu­sic dock, seems like it has been de­signed in Scan­di­navia and not South Korea. It is un­doubt­edly one of the most rad­i­cal de­signs we have seen on any prod­uct in re­cent times. It looks like a Ru­bik’s Cube, with the all the cubes a bit out of align­ment.

At first look it is hard to imag­ine this as a speaker sock. In fact, this de­vice is much more. Yes, it can dock the iPhone, iPod and iPad on top. But it can also link to Ap­ple de­vices through Air­Play, as well as Blue­tooth. There is also a USB port if you are a pen drive mu­sic hoarder. And for the old fash­ioned there is al­ways the FM tuner and the por­ta­ble in. We doubt if there is any other dock that gives users so many features.

Set­ting Air­Play is a pit tough though and pos­si­ble only with the help of the man­ual. For ev­ery­thing else there is the cube in the mid­dle of the top row, what LG calls the Smart Square. This is ac­tu­ally a touch based screen that lets you nav­i­gate and con­trol the speaker dock. This is very easy once you fig­ure out tiny icons that ap­pear in red. You have to use this screen to se­lect the in­put source. There is also a re­mote.

The sound qual­ity is good. Maybe we should high­light that it very loud. You can­not play any­thing in full vol­ume with­out the risk of shat­ter­ing glass in the house. It is that loud. And we mean it in a good sense. Though the de­vice it­self is the size of a small fruit car­ton, the ac­tual 20W speak­ers are just two small cubes in mid­dle. The sub­woofer is be­low fac­ing the floor. To­gether they work to cre­ate good qual­ity sound, which we thought was slightly par­tial to bass by de­fault. But there is an equaliser with four pre­sets, which can be ac­cessed only with the re­mote.

If you are think­ing of go­ing wire­less with your mu­sic this is one dock you should se­ri­ously look at just be­cause of the op­tions it of­fers. You can also hook it up to your DVD player or old mu­sic sys­tem.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Lot of features, af­ford­able

GG

HARMAN/KAR­DON CL

Price:

` 9,990 Specs:

On-ear style, 40mm driver, 16Hz – 20kHz, 1.4m ca­ble, Ap­ple three-but­ton (MFI); Pricey, but well worth the money.

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