The Good The bargain-price Fluance FiSDK500 delivers high-quality sound from a retro-style iPod speaker, which is solidly built with a medium-density fiberboard cabinet and a high-gloss black finish. It plays loud without distorting, is simple to operate, and has composite and S-video outputs.
The Bad It's bigger than most iPod speakers and doesn't offer such extra features as Bluetooth.
The Bottom Line You'd be hard-pressed to find an iPhone/iPod speaker-dock system that performs as well as Fluance FiSDK500 for $200.
Fluance may be far from a household name, but we were blown away by the value and performance ratios of its SX-HTB and AV-HTB 5 home theater speaker packages when we reviewed them here on CNET many years ago.
Now the Canadian company has entered the fiercely competitive iPhone/iPod speaker-dock market with the FiSDK500 and managed to pull off the same feat, delivering a winning combination of excellent performance and a distinct design for just $200.
Nearly all iPod speakers are made of plastic, so we were happy to see the FiSDK500 features a sturdy medium-density fiberboard cabinet, finished in high-gloss black paint. It's also a bigger than average model and measures 20.4 by 5.8 by 7.1 inches, and weighs 13.4 pounds. Sleek, the FiSDK500 is not, but it is distinct looking, and when it comes to sound quality, size still matters.
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