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Sony RDP-X500IP iPad Speaker Dock

Submitted by on July 29, 2012 – 5:18 amNo Comment

The RDP-X500IP is wrapped in a velvet cloth covering, which is complemented by a silver accent that runs along the top that houses a power button, volume rocker and input switch for selecting non-iOS devices. It’s simple, clean and easy to use. The dock is hidden in a spring loaded drawer that ejects from the base of the unit with just a slight push. There are not adapters required as the RDP-X500IP can hold any of Apple’s iOS devices, though as a result you won’t be able to blindly insert your iPad or iPhone.

From a profile perspective the RDP-X500IP has a cone like shape, though the back is rounded to provided greater stability and accommodate the array of speakers. Hidden behind the almost all black exterior are a set of magnetic fluid speakers that according to Sony “deliver higher sound pressure with less distortion than traditional speakers.” There is also a standalone subwoofer that fires out some serious bass – more on that in a bit. All of this is powered by a S-MASTER digital amplifier that seems to have no problem keeping pace.

In the past, Sony has had a tendency to stuff their products full of useless features. However, the RDP-X500IP iPad Speaker Dock is anything but. They clearly took the minimalist approach of “less is more” and in this case it totally works. But that isn’t to say it’s without a few frills. They’ve included a credit card sized remote for changing the voluming and playing and pausing your music. You can also download an app called “D-Suppli” which includes a 5-band EQ with a handful of presets (rock, jazz, R&B, etc) as well as two custom EQ settings if you have a penchant for that kind of tweaking. Based on my experience with the iOS EQ I chose “rock” which seemed to suffice though it caused the bass to be a bit heavy for my palette. I would have liked to see AirPlay or at least Bluetooth connectivity in terms of wireless support, but then again that wouldn’t leave room for another product with a slightly higher price tag, would it?

Sonically, of the RDP-X500IP is stellar and performs at least on par with similarly priced docks. High and mids are solid throughout and bass is thunderous to the point that initially had me question where all the lows were coming from. I found that playing with the EQ assisted select types of music and whatever I choose seemed to remain intact no matter what application (Pandora, the iPod, etc) I launched. In terms of amplitude the RDP-X500IP suffices for most bedroom setups, but don’t expect it to power your holiday party. Though it should note that the Sony RDP-X500IP never tried to over reach and produced a volume greater than it could handle; by that I mean no distortion.

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