XtremeMac Tango Studio review: XtremeMac Tango Studio

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good Compact iPod speaker with understated minimalist styling; retractable iPod dock; built-in FM radio and auxiliary line-in jack; slick blue LED; very inexpensive.

The Bad No presets for radio; no clock or alarm; thin sound.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a budget-priced iPod speaker, the XtremeMac Tango Studio has some redeeming qualities--just don't expect big, rich sound.

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It's important to put the XtremeMac Tango Studio in its proper place in the iPod-speaker food chain. At $60, the Tango definitely falls into the budget class. You can find iPod speakers for a bit less, but $60 is affordable--and if you look at the Tango Studio in this context, it's reasonably good. However, in the grand scheme of things, it's nothing to write home about.

What you're getting is a compact, understated speaker that has a built-in FM radio, a retractable iPod dock, an auxiliary line-in jack for connecting other audio gear, and a wireless remote that controls your iPod's basic functions (volume, track advance/skip back).

The Tango Studio has a couple of nice design features. We liked that the iPod dock is retractable. This feature lets you can tuck away the dock when you're done listening to the speaker. We also dug the blue LED light that sits in the middle of the speaker and shows through the speaker grill. It displays all pertinent information, including volume levels, radio station numbers, and what source you're on (iPod, radio, or Aux).

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XtremeMac Tango Studio

Part Number: IPD-TMX-10
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color Black
  • Speaker System Type speaker system with Apple dock
  • Speaker Type Portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired