Soundfreaq Sound Platform review:

Soundfreaq Sound Platform

Also included with the SFQ-1 is the power adapter, an FM radio antenna wire for improved reception, and three dock inserts--one for the iPhone 3G, one for most iPods or the iPhone 4, and a flat insert if you plan on just using Bluetooth and don't want the dock calling attention to itself.

It's rare for us to mention it, but the back of the speaker looks surprisingly cool. Soundfreaq flaunts the rear-ported speaker design with an inset of silver-colored plastic framed by glossy black vents. Running across the bottom, you have a place to plug in the power adapter, as well as an aux input and a socket for the radio antenna. If you're looking for a speaker that can be placed at the center of a room and look good from every angle, the SFQ-1's design can stand up to the scrutiny.

Sure, we're fans of the SFQ-1's stylish design, but it's the speaker's features that have us reaching for our wallets. This boxy beauty includes an FM radio, remote control, wireless A2DP Bluetooth audio, OLED display (albeit extremely dim), aux input, and the previously mentioned EQ. We can think of plenty of competitors that boast one or two of these features, but few that can match them all. The Bluetooth support in particular puts this on the short list of speakers recommended for iPad users, or homes contending with multiple smartphones (be they iPhones or otherwise).

One feature we weren't impressed by, though, is the Soundfreaq app, available for iOS. Once you dock your iPod or iPhone into the Sound Platform, your device will display an alert prompting you to download the free Soundfreaq app. The app isn't necessary to use the Sound Platform, but since it's free, we figured we'd give it a shot. It didn't take us long to realize that the app is just a needless repackaging of the basic playback and playlist features already included in the iOS music player, along with some remote control functionality already provided by the hardware remote. Download it if you want, but we don't believe it adds much value--at least in its current version (1.3).

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