What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Tue, 11 Sep 2007, 12:00pm

Intempo IDS-05

Tested at £60
80100
4

Lack of battery power will reduce appeal to some - pity as it's a useful, little piece of kit

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For

  • Good detail levels
  • price
  • very decent performance throughout the frequency range

Against

  • No battery power
  • sounds a bit congested

We see a lot of accessories for iPods, the quality of which varies wildly, so it's always a pleasure for us to test a decent one.

At £60 the Intempo IDS-05 is cheaper than most docks, but the overall quality is high. It feels more solid and looks more stylish than you might expect. It even features a fully functioning remote and a USB socket for connecting to iTunes without removing your iPod.

Works well for a wee 'un
The Intempo continues to impress in action. The midrange is well represented, with vocalists detailed and clear, treble avoids harshness, and even the bass is reasonable thanks to the (comparatively) large driver on the back.

The tiny size of the Intempo does hold it back a little though. It's not loud enough to fill anything more than a small room, and separation and dynamics are limited. And it seems to us that the purpose of having such a small dock is portability, so why can't it run on batteries? If it could, this would be a fantastic holiday solution. As it is, we're looking at four stars.

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