Image: Hugh Threlfall
May 18 2011
This new iPod/iPhone dock from the esteemed house of Conran – Sir Terence’s first audio product, indeed – has been likened in looks by some to a toaster. This is, of course, absurd. It is much more like a breadmaker.
And it could end up making a bit of bread (you may smirk at my wit) for Sir T’s empire, too, because it’s very, very good. I keep playing music with the Conran Audio Speaker Dock and keep being surprised by the quality and quantity of the 2 x 15 watts of sound coming out of it.
Its technology comes courtesy of Q Acoustics, a UK company whose stuff gets better year by year. And there are lots of nice techie twiddles. You don’t, for example, need to plug the iPod into the recess on top; it will connect easily by Bluetooth or, better, Apt-X, a new audio codec which you may need a clever dealer to help you activate.
One suggestion to Sir T (I know how he values my design input): a minuscule niggle is that without an iPod in place, it looks slightly odd and bereft. Why can’t the recess have a little hat or sliding cover? Maybe version two will.