GadgeTell Review: Fluance High-Performance 2.1 Speaker Dock for the iPhone and iPod touch

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What is being reviewed?

Up for review today is the High-Performance 2.1 Wood Tower Speaker Dock for the iPhone and iPod touch, a product made by Fluance. The model number for the item is FITSD600 and it is currently priced at $349.99. The company touts this speaker dock as being the “choice for audio enthusiasts” and notes that it has a “stunning sound performance, professional grade cabinet design and exceptional value.” That being said, continue reading to find out how well we feel it holds up to those claims.

Disclaimer: The Fluance speaker dock was provided to GadgeTell for the purpose of this review.

The specs

  • Dual 0.8” neodymium-balanced pure silk dome tweeters for vibrant, high-frequency response
  • Dual 3” midrange: polymer-treated and butyl rubber surrounds for broader, dynamic range
  • Front-firing 6.5” subwoofer: polymer-treated and butyl rubber surrounds for deep, undistorted bass
  • Ferro-fluid cooled for longer life performance
  • Butyl rubber surrounds suppress unwanted cone resonances, ensuring durability and performance reliability
  • Precision-crafted in audio-grade MDF wood with a glossy piano-black finish

In the box

  • Two 1″ isolation floor spikes for use on hardwood or carpeted areas
  • Remote Control (battery included)
  • 6 iPod/iPhone Dock Adaptors
  • 4.5ft 3.5mm Auxiliary to RCA Audio Composite Cable
  • 4.5ft RCA Video Composite Cable
  • FM Indoor Antenna
  • AM Loop Antenna

My thoughts

This particular iPhone/iPod touch speaker dock is big. You get a feeling of the size immediately as the box that it ships in is both big and heavy. And once opened, the speaker remains big and heavy. But setting aside any thoughts of an exact weight, there was something else that immediately struck me — the looks. Assuming you don’t mind something that is shiny, the Fluance FiTSD600 is stunning to look at. And that is coming both from me as a geek, but also from the rest of my family and friends that had stopped by during the time this was sitting my my family living room. In short, just about everyone that saw it seemed to like it.

Perhaps more important though, the sound. After all, the exterior look of a speaker is only so nice if it sounds like crap. Thankfully, the sound coming out of the Fluance FiTSD600 was just as nice as the look. Well, I guess you cannot technically make the comparison between sound and looks, but in this case I would say they were both on par. At least in my opinion. The speaker has the dock sitting up top and it ships with a variety of six adapters which should assure a proper fit. I had no trouble getting my iPhone 4S to sit securely. Another perk here, the speaker ships with what you will need to use it. In addition to the dock adapters, the speaker ships with an Aux. to RCA cable and a RCA video composite cable as well as an FM, an AM antenna and a remote.

The speaker set-up consists of a pair of 0.8-inch tweeters, a pair of 3.0-inch midrange, a single 6.5-inch subwoofer on the front and a bass port on the backside. In other words, everything is covered. And here is where I could go into spilling out lots of details on testing and what I listened to and how I listened and all that good stuff. But the truth is, I just listened. Of course, I listened with consideration to how music sounded coming from my iPhone using other speaker systems, but I just listened. I opened this up as a regular consumer would, plugged it in, docked my iPhone and began to listen.

The result, I liked it. I really liked it. I enjoyed the sound and I enjoyed the overall look of the system. I actually liked it so much that I moved it out of my living room and into my office for a while and began listening to music using the Fluance while working. In fact, I will let you in on a little secret here — most, if not all review items come with a set (or an ideal) timeframe for the posting of the review and return of the product. This one in particular had no upfront instructions and lets just say that I took a bit of advantage. I can admit that I intentionally delayed taking pictures and writing this review because I really enjoyed having this speaker dock in my home and I didn’t want to have to send it back. Of course, sometimes good things have to come to an end and because of that, this was my review.

The bottom line

I will keep this simple, if you are looking for an iPhone/iPod touch speaker dock that both sounds and looks good, this is certainly one to consider. That is of course, as long as you are willing and/or able to shell out for the purchase price — $349.99. And just to clarify, if I were to be asked, yes I would recommend this to others and yes I would consider it for a purchase using my own money.

Product [Fluance High-Performance 2.1 Speaker Dock]

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