Sony RDP-X50iPBLK Speaker Dock for iPod & iPhone review: Sony RDP-X50iPBLK Speaker Dock for iPod & iPhone

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Sony RDP-X50iPBLK Speaker Dock for iPod & iPhone

(Part #: RDP-X50IPBLK) Released: Oct 1, 2010
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Sony RDP-X50iP delivers impressively powerful sound for its size and comes with a remote control and iPhone support.

The Bad The buttons on the top are difficult to distinguish. A version with FM radio, rechargeable battery, OLED screen, and EQ sells for only $50 more.

The Bottom Line The Sony RDP-X50iP is a powerful iPod/iPhone speaker with a classic design that surprises with its deep low-end sound, but we suggest springing for the better-equipped portable model.

7.3 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0

Editors' note: The Sony RDP-X50iP is essentially a less expensive version of the Sony RDP-XF100iP that sacrifices features such as battery operation, FM radio, OLED screen, and EQ.

There are a few design tweaks, as well, such as the use of mechanical buttons along the top instead of touch-sensitive controls, and the addition of a bass-boost button to make up for the lack of EQ presets. Sonically, both systems use identical components and enclosures to achieve a similar sound (accounting for differences in the integrated EQ). If you can spare the extra $50, we recommend buying the RDP-XF100iP over this model, for its added features and portable flexibility.

The following review is a modified and abbreviated version of our review of the Sony RDP-XF100iP.

The Sony RDP-X50iP speaker dock may not have the catchiest name, but its sound is unmistakable. Compared with other compact systems we've tested in this price range ($199), this little Sony speaker dock packs a low-frequency punch that seems impossible for its size.

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