mStation Orb 2.1 Stereo Speaker System review: mStation Orb 2.1 Stereo Speaker System

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The mStation Stereo Orb features a fun and colorful design, comes with a handy remote, and offers solid sound quality with tons of bass. The speaker is compatible with any audio source via the auxiliary line input.

The Bad The default treble setting for the Stereo Orb makes music sound muffled, and bass can be distorted if set too high for certain songs. The iPod doesn't fit securely in the cradle.

The Bottom Line The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb is a fun speaker docking solution for iPod owners who want their digital audio systems to stand out from the crowd.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0

Clearly, there's no shortage of iPod speaker docks saturating the market at the moment, which means it's all the more important to stand out from the crowd in this area. Digital audio connoisseurs at mSation do this by focusing on one thing--iPod speakers--and making sure their design is nothing short of eye-catching, as is the case with the $130 2.1 Stereo Orb.

The style of the mStation Stereo Orb is definitely a matter of preference--it truly is an orb. We happen to dig the soccer-ball-size speaker and the fact that it comes in seven colors (white, black, silver, blue, green, red, and pink) to match pretty much any iPod you can throw at it. The exception is the third-generation Nano, for which the shades don't quite match up because of the fact that the Orb came out around the time of the second-generation version. Still, when you have an accessory with such a fun design, it's nice the see that it comes in a good array of color options.

Curving around the front of the Stereo Orb are three speakers concealed by a cloth grille colored to match the plastic casing of the device. The mStation features two, 2-inch midrange drivers and a 3-inch subwoofer that fires through the front and back of the unit. The back of the Orb also features an array of ports lined along the bottom for power input, pass-through syncing, and auxiliary line-input for connecting non-iPod MP3 players and other audio sources. It's a nice touch that mStation includes all the necessary cables (AC power, USB, and stereo patch) for using these features.

Each Stereo Orb comes with a remote that is color coordinated to match the scheme of the speaker.

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