Azatom is a new brand of iPod speaker docks here in the UK, and one of their first systems is the Azatom iPunch, representing a good first release with a fairly powerful and affordable speaker dock.
With its shape and size the Azatom iPunch fits nicely on your desk, stereo unit, or bookshelf. Finished in piano black, build quality feels good, yet the system is very light compared to most other systems i have tried of similar size. There is a silver trim along the base as well as on the front of the tube, and grey/black mesh at both ends covering the driver outputs.
Functionality of the Azatom iPunch is basic in terms of housing a docking station and 3.5mm line-in only, and it is mains powered only, so although a very light system, not a true portable iPod speaker dock. The remote control is easy to operate and allows you to play/pause/stop, standby, forward/back, up & next, control volume etc.
The Azatom iPunch is specified as having new patented technology to deliver sound at unbelievable standards that is crystal clear throughout the range. The built in digital amplifier and the power tube speakers does deliver quite powerful sound, without relying too much on either bass or treble. With the model i have been listening to being a review model, there was still some fine tuning to be done, but once i had given it a few hours of listen the sound started coming into its own. As with most systems in this price class it tends to handle less complex audio the best, as details can become a bit lost and heavy bass can become a bit flat.
One has to remember that this is not a high-end system, so comparing the sound with for example the Fidek iBigBoy would be unfair. Compared to other systems in its price class it holds its own, and in most cases outperform them, so if you are after a low cost iPod speaker dock you should consider the Azatom iPunch.
- Power output (RMS): 2x 6w
- Max power output: 2x 28w
- Frequency: 90Hz – 20Khz
- Full range speakers: 2x 2″
- Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 83db
- Size mm: W340 x H90 x D125
- Weight: 1KG
- AETA (Acoustic Equalization Technology & Accelertor) amplifier
- Compatible with: Pod nano 1,2,3,4,5 & 6th genertation, iPod Touch 1,2,3 & 4th generation, iPhone 3g,3gs,4 and iPod Classic all
The Azatom iPunch speaker dock is available from amongst other the following UK retailers:
* Price as per 1st August 2011
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