The Good The Soundfreaq Sound Step throws in a little bit of everything with its low-profile, modern look, wireless Bluetooth audio, video out, USB charge port, remote control, FM radio, and compatibility with Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod.
The Bad Sound is thin and lifeless, and the FM radio tuner requires an app interface to operate.
The Bottom Line The Soundfreaq Sound Step offers everything you'd want in an all-in-one speaker dock, except great sound.
Soundfreaq Sound Step
In 2010, an upstart company called Soundfreaq came out of nowhere with a versatile, snazzy, and sonically solid speaker dock called the. For the company's sophomore release, Soundfreaq took the same concept and aimed smaller, producing the Sound Step (SFQ-02).
Priced at $139, the Sound Step can charge and play music from any of your mobile gadgets, including the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod. For an extra $20, you can purchase a model with a rechargeable battery called the Sound Step Recharge, which offers all of the same features plus 6 hours of battery life.
Measuring 13 inches wide, 3.75 inches tall, and 5 inches deep, the shoebox-size Sound Step could be at home on either a nightstand or a countertop. The minimal design has a refined Sony quality to it that doesn't call attention to itself.