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CNET First Look
Fluance FiSDK500You'd be hard-pressed to find an iPhone/iPod speaker-dock system that performs as well as Fluance FiSDK500 for $200.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy executive editor for CNET.com and I'm gonna give you a quick tour of the Fluance FISDK500, a great value in the iPhone/iPad speaker.category. What makes it a great value? Well, for starters it's well built featuring a sturdy medium density fiber board cabinet that's finished in high gloss black paint. It also has stereo, .6 inch (softum?) tweeters mounted in the center of it's 5-inch woven fiber glass (whoffers?. That's pretty exceptional, but the fact is, you rarely come across 2-way tweeter and that work for iPad speakers in this price range and they usually have much smaller drivers. As you an see this is also a bigger iPad speaker dock that most and weighs at a beefy 13.4 pounds. Got heftier size and the design of the speakers is what helps (??) deliver excellent sound for it's price. Like most other iPad speakers, this one sounds best from 3 to 6 feet away. Listen for much further back and that you'll start you become aware of it's size. You won't get much stereo separation. Now if you're listening close up, the stereo imaging is surprisingly good. There's a nice of sense of special depth and image focus is pretty good. The speaker decks biggest strengths over it's competitor are that it has relative tight based and good detail especially in the mid-range and oh, it can play pretty loud without distorting. To be clear, there isn't a whole lot here in the way of extras. Yeah you get some base and treble controls along with the remote which is nice and there's some DC connectivity around back, but the real reason you wanna buy this is that it deliver strong sound for the price. And last, it will be too big a speaker for some buyers, but it will be ideal for anyone looking for the the best sound in $200 iPad/iPhone speaker on the market. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Fluance FISDK500 speaker dock.