The brand might not be on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to naming iPod speaker docks, but when it comes to delivering value for money 4Cool is delivering some strong systems, including the 4Cool Micro HiFi 2399 with Twist iPhone dock for landscape docking.
Design wise the 4Cool Micro HiFi 2399 Twist has similar traits to amongst other some of the Sony speaker docks in the market, with a base holding the square tubed horizontal casing for the drivers themselves. Although the design might not get them any awards, the build quality feels solid and robust, a system that can take a few knocks. The docking arm itself can also be rotated/twisted 90-degrees allowing your iPod/iPhone to be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode. The systems is also small enough in size to take on a trip, while you will need to connect it to a power outlet to use as it does not support battery power.
Inside the unit you will find two 2.75-inch drivers producing a total of 24.8W of power (2 x 12.4W), so there is decent power considering size and price in this Micro HiFi speaker dock. That power actually helps this speaker dock perform above what i was expecting for a unit this price. At regular home listening volume the sound is pretty well balanced and comfortable to listen to, especially when the music is not too bass heavy, when it can become a bit flat, which is to be expected from a system in this price range. The system can handle high volumes, but the sound tends to become more distorted as the volume increases.
Overall i think the 4Cool Micro HiFi 2399 Twist speaker dock is a good purchase for its price, and a system to consider if you are currently thinking about getting one of the cheaper Sony speaker docks or a Gear4 Houseparty speaker dock.
The 4Cool Micro HiFi 2399 Twist speaker dock is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.
*Prices as per 11th July 2011
Compare with other budget iPod speaker docks here.
- Loud speaker: 2.75inch (External Diameter 70mm)
- Speakers Rated Power: 24.8W(12.4W+12.4W)
- Frequency Response: 120Hz to 18kHz (+-3dB)
- Signal and Noise Ratio of Power Amplifier >=60dB
- Channel separation: >=40db
- Remote Control
- Audio Output for connecting to other systems.
- Audio Input for other media players
- Mains powered
- Dimensions(H x W x D): 285mm x 100mm x 135mm
- Weight: 2300g