iLuv i552 review

True, there are better-sounding and more highly featured iPod speaker docks out there, but for £70 the iLuv i552 gives a very good account of itself Tested at £70.00

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Our Verdict

Cheap and pretty cheerful

For

  • Nice price
  • good flexibility and competent sonic performance

Against

  • The best competitors can improve on this

Companies dedicated to creating iPod accessories have sprung up all over the place, all vying for a prime spot on Apple's lengthy coat-tails. Many appear content to peddle any cute-looking dross, but thankfully a few – including iLuv – take the time to listen to their wares.

The i552 is one of iLuv's latest offerings and, despite the generic plastic design, it actually dares to impress. Not only does it support all iPods with a dock connection, but it also welcomes first-generation Shuffles, and has an auxiliary line input for first- and second-generation 'Pods, as well as other audio devices. A tiny remote gives you basic controls over both your 'Pod and the AM/FM radio built into the unit.

Happy with complexity
The i552 doesn't sound that much different from the iRhythms A302, except it handles bass a little better. The midrange and detail-retrieval are adequate, while the timing holds up well when listening to complex tracks such as Kraftwerk's Computer Love.

There are better iPod speaker docks out there, but for £70 the iLuv i552 gives a very good account of itself.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.i-luv-uk.co.uk
Brand NameiLuv
Product TypeSpeaker System
ManufactureriLuv Creative Technology
Manufacturer Part NumberI552BLK
Product NameiLuv i552
Product Modeli552

Audio

RMS Output Power6 W
Speaker Configuration2.0

Physical Characteristics

Width36.1 cm
Depth15.5 cm
Weight Approximate1.91 kg
Height19.1 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions19.1 cm (H): 36.1 cm (W): 15.5 cm (D)

Miscellaneous

Compatibility
  • iPod Video
  • iPod Nano (1st & 2nd generation)
  • iPod Mini
  • iPod Shuffle (1st generation)
  • iPod 4G

Power Description

Power SourcePower Supply