Over the last few days i have had the pleasure of testing out some iPod sound systems that has not been on my radar, proving once again that sometimes you can find some hidden gems in the world of iPod speaker docks and sound systems. The Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2 is one of those hidden gems.
The Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2 is big in every way as it is a sizeable unit and definitely not a bedside table speaker dock, so hiding it must have been difficult, but unlike many other big systems it does also deliver on power and sound.
Compared to many of the other higher end iPod sound systems out there, like the B&W Zeppelin, the Fidek iBigboy is a sizeable unit weighting in at about 24kg’s and measuring 581mm x 220 x 860mm so it does take up some space. Now, i have been testing it in my living room, which is fairly small and has a lot of other stuff around, but placing the system up against a wall it does not feel that big and takes up less space than i would have thought. If you have a sizeable room or an open spaced apartment etc. you would probably find that the system would integrate nicely without, like many other iPod docking stations, look out of place. I can definitely see it fitting in nicely underneath a wall mounted tv for example, which would be an ideal location for easy connection through s-video for watching content from your iPod or iPhone through the tv, as well as for using Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2 as external speakers for the tv.
The main reason for the size of the Fidek iBigboy 2 lies in what you find “under the hood”. This iPod docking station packs some power with 500 watts max power output, making it one the most powerful in its class. Cranking up the volume on this bad boy will certainly keep your neighbours awake. But the Azatom iBigboy 2 is not just a system for high volume and power, as it delivers a nice mid-range and treble that is clear and precise through 2 x 13cm crossover mid speakers of the latest generation combined with a 10″ subwoofer.
I’m no sound expert or sound technician, and i don’t think you have to be to understand that the sound you get from this system is very good. Personally i found the sound to get better at a relative high volume as the bass properly kicked in, but that could be down to just adjusting the balance at a lower volume depending on the type of music you listen to. What is great about the Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2 is that even pushing the system towards the max the sound did not get distorted. Plus at a higher volume you also get to feel the power of the bass on your body as the subwoofer and the 2 x 6cm fast flow bass ports pumps out truly powerful sound.
Following an upgrade, the latest model of the Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2 is fully iPhone compatible with network shielding, so no longer any need to put your iPhone 4 in flight mode before docking with this unit.
The Azatom Fidek iBigboy has grown on me over the last few days. Soundwise it definitely lives up to the challenge against its more well known competitors, and the same power you are likely only to find in iPod sound systems at a price class way above the £399 that the Fidek iBigboy is currently retailing at. The design and look might not be quite up there with the likes of the Zeppelin, but if you have the space it is definitely worth a second and a third look.
If you are looking for a powerful iPod sound system that produces a high quality sound experience, then we can recommend the Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2.
Following our review, Azatom has released a new version of the system, the Azatom iBigBoy 2A that supports docking for iPad and has bluetooth fucntionality. Specification are otherwise the same.
You can purchase the Azatom Fidek iBigboy 2 / 2A in the UK from:
- 4cooltechnology – £399.99
- Speaker Dimensions – 2 x 2.5cm tweeter, 2 x 13cm crossover mid carbon fiber cones, 1 x 26cm sub, 2x 6cm polished fast flow bass ports
- Max Power – 500W
- Class D amplifier
- Impedence – L/R: 4 ohm, Sub: 4 ohm
- Sensitivity – 90dB +/- 3 dB
- Frequency Response – L/R: 200 – 20Hz, 20 – 200Hz
- Dimensions W x D x H – 581mm x 220 x 860mm
- Weight – 24.1kg
- Crisp 200W RMS
- 2.1 Stereo Channel Output
- Light, Touch Sensitive Buttons
- AM/FM Radio
- LCD Digital display
- Alarm/Clock Function/Snooze
- Fine adjustment bass control
- Subwoofer on/off switch
- Polished Piano Black Finish
- Magnetic removable speaker cover
- Black wood front facia finish
- Composite video out
- S- Video out
- AUX input
- Black sleek remote contol full function
- iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3G, 3, iPhone 2GS, 2G, 2
- iPod Touch 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th generation
- iPod Nano 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th generations
- iPod Classic all generations.