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.
Sony RDP-X50iPBLK Speaker Dock for iPod & iPhone
Editors' note: The Sony RDP-X50iP is essentially a less expensive version of thethat 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.
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