Regular readers might well recognise this set â€“ we reviewed them only a month and half ago. Riyad was very impressed by them so we thought weâ€™d give them a run in against other company.
The set is available in both black and white and is slightly smaller than the Bose. The power supply isnâ€™t integrated but is still slightly smaller than that of the Bose. The design is similar to the Bose, with a dock sitting in front of the speakers with volume controls on either side.
Docking plates are provided for all iPods with a dock connector. Round the back is a slot to house the remote so you wonâ€™t lose it, an auxiliary input and an on/off switch. The remote is functional but not particularly special. Overall the design is ok to look at. Itâ€™s doesnâ€™t look as expensive as the Bose though and I canâ€™t say I care much for the design of the logo.
Whereas the key component of the Bose was clarity, with the iRhythms it is bass. You canâ€™t help but be surprised that so much bass comes out of such a small speakers. As you push the sound up we do think that a sturdier chassis would improve sound quality but it still does well as the sound increases. The bass is pleasingly prominent â€“ you can hear and feel it and itâ€™s a much more exciting sound than the passive Bose. The clarity of the mid and upper frequencies isnâ€™t quite as clear as the Bose and the soundstage is slightly smaller. And as impressive as the bass and volume level are the iRhythms canâ€™t compare with the far larger Apple set, but while itâ€™s less powerful than the iM7s, the sound it more cohesive and balanced.
In fact, itâ€™s the balance that makes the iRhythms so successful. Theyâ€™re bassy, without being muddy, and can go surprisingly loud, yet only cost Â£125. They sound good without any pretence of being seriously Hi-Fi in the way that the Appleâ€™s are. If casual listening is all thatâ€™s required then they come recommended.