Filenames are displayed on the small LCD screen that sits between the main controls on the front. This is also used to display clock functions, tuning settings, and the source you’re currently listening to. It is a bit small and awkward to read – especially as it’s often obscured by the iPod dock – but considering a large proportion of the time you’ll be navigating using the screen on your iPod, it’s forgiveable.
The front panel controls are all logically laid out and seem simple enough. We did have a couple of little issues though. First was the slightly odd fact that the Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB) and Digital Sound Control (DSC) buttons only work when listening to music from the radio or USB/SD device but not with the iPod. Also, we gave up on working out how to set the time and alarm and eventually had to refer to the manual, which is a rare occurrence on such a simple device.
Round the back the most prominent features are actually the unusually exposed wOOx subwoofers. I’m sure there’s some pseudo-logical mumbo jumbo about how these drivers need to be left exposed to enhance some kind of audio effect but frankly it just smacks of gimmickry. It’s also likely to result in you accidentally sticking a finger through the driver when you go to pick the DC910 up. Incidentally, there are four more speakers hidden behind the front grill to make up a seemingly impressive total of six drivers in this small unit. We’ll come to why it’s only ‘seemingly impressive’ later.
The power brick, which is surprisingly large for a relatively small device, plugs into the back alongside the two auxiliary 3.5mm line-in jacks and the incredibly thin, hard-wired aerial. Despite its piddling proportions the aerial did actually do a good job and we were seldom left wanting for our favourite stations.
Surrounding these various sockets is the mount for the silver stand section, which can actually be removed so you can hang the DC910 on a wall. Considering its relatively lightweight construction, hanging the DC910 on a wall seems like quite a sensible and easy option. However, considering you’ll need to hang the aerial somewhere and the power cable will be trailing down below, we’re not sure there is any aesthetic merit to doing this. It’s an option if you’re short of flat surfaces, though.
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