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Yamaha PDX-30 review

When it comes to looks and performance, this Yamaha dock does it big and bold Tested at £130.00

Our Verdict

If you like big, bold looks and big, bold sound, this Yamaha's a perfect fit


  • Sturdily built
  • choice of colours
  • big, bold sound
  • happy to go loud (ish)


  • Sacrifices midrange resolution in favour of prodigious bass
  • restrained at the top end

The world'd not short of iPod dock systems, but your choice is severely curtailed if you fancy a pink one. Or blue, for that matter. The Yamaha PDX-30 comes in both these finishes, as well as black and the grey we're testing here.

It feels sturdy, and comes with a useful credit-card-sized remote. As well as iPods, it works with all iPhones.

With a lossless file of The XX's VCR playing, the PDX-30 wastes no time in establishing its credentials. It's solidly punchy and produces a remarkably large-scale sound for a product of this size, happily attacking the low frequencies.

Midrange is a touch recessed
Such assertiveness is at the expense of the midrange, though, where voices can retreat to the rear of the soundstage.

Things are a touch reticent at the top-end, too, where the Yamaha rolls off the highest of the treble information. This results in a sound that's either enjoyably refined or frustratingly curtailed, depending on your preferences.

There's no doubting the PDX-30's overall competence, though. It's one for the shortlist.

See our review of the Yamaha PDX-50

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameYamaha
Product TypeSpeaker System
ManufacturerYamaha Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberPDX-30 BLACK
Product NameYamaha PDX-30
Product ModelPDX-30

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response60 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz


RMS Output Power30 W
Speaker Configuration2.0

Physical Characteristics

Width34.9 cm
Depth12.4 cm
Weight Approximate1.68 kg
Height10.8 cm
Dimensions10.8 cm (H): 34.9 cm (W): 12.4 cm (D)


  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone
  • iPod touch
  • iPod classic
  • iPod nano
  • iPod (5th generation)

Power Description

Power SourcePower Supply