iRhythms A302 review

The A302 (and the identical-in-all-but-colour A303) is but an average implementation of the most simple of iPod dock designs – others do it better Tested at £100.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

A pretty simple iPod dock design, but others do it better


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    A handy travel companion


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    There are better, less expensive speaker docks

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iRhythms has been busy of late setting up its stall in the vast iPod accessory market, but it's going to have to do better than the A302 if it's going to thrive in this competitive market. Incidentally, the A302 and A303 differ only in colour, with the latter being black.

Built for versatility, the A302 can be used both in the home and as a set of travel speakers. iPods fit snugly into the universal dock well – which, as you'd expect, also charges your player – and the remote control offers basic interaction with your iPod.

Simple but effective
There's a minimum of connectivity: all the A302 really has to offer is an auxiliary input. This does enable the dock to be used with other MP3 players and portables though, which further boosts its travel credentials.

Sonically, the A302 doesn't really justify its price. The bass gets a little lost at times, even though the midrange holds up adequately, and detail retrieval is fairly good.

This iRhythms doesn't really have the power for home use, so at best is an okay travel companion. Having said that, something like Logitech's Pure-Fi Anywhere is a far better iPod speaker dock to pack on your hols.

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