Moving around the back of the BassStation is a split left and right channel audio connector allowing non-Apple MP3 players to be connected using the included auxilary 3.5mm to dual-phono cable. There is also headphone jack, which seems utterly redundant given that the speaker is intended for iPods, which oddly enough already have headphone sockets.
Moving away from the speaker itself and onto the remote we see one of the coolest features of the BassStation. As well as the normal array of play, pause, skip track and volume buttons the remote also boasts bass and treble adjustment and, more notably, allows you to navigate the iPod menu without having to touch the device itself. Supposedly this will work with every iPod branded device save for the iPhone, which I can attest definitely isn’t compatible.
As great as it is being able to use the remote to navigate around the iPod’s menu, though, there is a small problem. Given the size of the screen on many iPods I found that by the time I was close enough to see what menu I was navigating to, I might as well not have bothered with the remote. This was especially true of the Nano, while a 5th gen Video iPod was usable from about 2 meters away. It’s a ten out of ten for effort, then, but only a five for practicality.
Taking a gander inside the box finds a 5in, 15W sub woofer and a pair of 10W tweeters. In theory this should mean a decent bass response without compromising on mid and high range clarity. Power is supplied to the speaker via an external brick and though ,given the size of the box, it would have been nice to see an internal supply, it isn’t really a huge complaint.
The extra cable length means you can at least sit the speaker a fair distance from a socket, which could be considered a bonus. An arguably more tangible plus point is that both a UK and European socket adapter are included in the box, meaning you can use the speaker on the continent if you were so inclined. Not that I’d consider it portable by any stretch of the imagination – those handles are for moving it around the house, not the globe.
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