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Logitech AudioStation review: Logitech AudioStation

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MSRP: $299.99

The Good Logitech's AudioStation iPod home speaker system is sleekly designed and has a built-in iPod dock that charges your iPod. It includes an AM/FM tuner, a clock, a line input, and both composite and S-Video outputs for displaying iPod videos and photos on TV. It also sounds good, with decent bass and clarity for a speaker system this compact.

The Bad The AudioStation is expensive, the S-Video slot is recessed, making it difficult to plug in many S-Video cables, and there's no alarm to go with the clock.

The Bottom Line If you have $300 to blow on an iPod speaker system, the Logitech AudioStation is a strong contender for your money.

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8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8

Editors' Note: As of fall 2007, Logitech has released a successor model to the AudioStation reviewed here. The Logitech Pure-Fi Elite utilizes the same basic design as the AudioStation, but offers metal grilles, more tactile control buttons, and a much lower price.

Logitech describes its AudioStation speaker system for the iPod as "high-performance." With the overall lowering of the sound bar in the audio world, we're not sure what constitutes high performance anymore, but Logitech, like other manufacturers playing the iPod-speaker arena, has attempted to create a compact, full-featured home stereo system that sounds good and looks good, too.

The AudioStation, which carries a list price of $300, is an all-black affair that caters to owners of black iPods, but white and other colored iPods don't clash too badly with the system; they'll just stand out against the black background rather than meld into it. Color prejudices aside, this is one of the sleekest iPod speaker systems we've tested. We like its clean lines and minimalist--but not too minimalist--design, which includes an easily readable LCD screen and touch-sensitive, backlit control buttons located just below the display. The 8-pound system measures 16 inches wide (at the front), 7.25 inches high, and 4.25 inches deep, which makes it shelf-friendly.

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