Yamaha PDX-50 review

It's still a great product, but close rivals have pipped it the the post as far as we're concerned Tested at £200.00

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Our Verdict

It's still a worthy product, but close rivals have gained the edge

For

  • Lossless wireless transmission
  • great sound for a dock
  • sensibly small transmitter

Against

  • Bass is a touch detached

We bestowed our ‘Best Dock System £100-£300' Award on Yamaha's PDX-50 only three months ago, so its reduction to four-star status will surprise many.

Luckily, we can reassure any owners that the PDX-50, in some ways, remains among the best dock systems around this price.

It's certainly the most convenient to use. The bulk of other docks in this price bracket include remote controls of varying quality, but the Yamaha transforms your iPod itself into a remote control: attach the little transmitter to the bottom of your player and it sends music wirelessly to the dock.

It's a stable, elegant solution and, for us, it makes the PDX-50 one of the most desirable shop-floor propositions around.

Sonically, though, the Yamaha's exposed by leading rivals. It offers good scale, energy and drive. But a slightly detached bass and relatively flimsy treble are apparent alongside competitors such as B&W's Zeppelin Mini and the Bose SoundDock II.

Of course, some of these are more expensive and don't have the Yamaha's winningly wireless configuration: if those factors sway you, you'll find the PDX-50 a gregarious companion.

But where out-and-out sound quality is concerned, there are very serious alternatives.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.yamaha.com/
Brand NameYamaha
Product TypeSpeaker System
ManufacturerYamaha Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberPDX-50
Product NameYamaha PDX-50
Product ModelPDX-50

Technical Information

FeaturesPMP Docking, yAired Technology
PlacementTable Mountable

Audio

RMS Output Power30 W
Speaker Configuration2.0
Wireless SpeakersYes

Physical Characteristics

Width35 cm
Depth12.5 cm
Weight Approximate1.70 kg
Height12.8 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions12.8 cm (H): 35 cm (W): 12.5 cm (D)

Miscellaneous

CompatibilityApple Products:
  • iPod
  • iPhone

Network and Communication

BluetoothYes

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year