Audyssey Lower East Coast Audio Dock Air (AirPlay)

June 6, 2012 by  
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Do you want a small AirPlay dock with huge performance? You should…

Price as reviewed £299.99

Overall 9/10

Key Features

  • Two 4in woofers, two .75in tweeters, two 4in passive bass radiators
  • BassXT technology
  • AirPlay
  • Highly compact

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of reviewing technology is finding a product which confounds your expectations. The Audyssey ‘Lower East Side Audio Dock Air’ is the crazily named follow up to the equally bonkers South of Market Audio Dock. It has reduced functionality and downgraded speakers yet costs just as much because Audyssey has added AirPlay. Our style over substance argument was readied… but we were wrong.

Out the box the Dock Air looks nothing like its bigger brother. Audyssey has ditched its gentle curves for a more rectangular design and significantly cut down the dimensions. At just 22.6 x 21.1 x 12 cm and weighing 2.3Kg is it the most compact AirPlay dock we have seen. The design may be minimal, but it is also attractive. Unlike show-offs such as the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air which aim to catch your attention, the strength of the Dock Air is its subtlety to blend into a room. You won’t notice it until it is switched on and with its small size it will fit just about anywhere.

Happily where the Dock Air does tie closely with its older sibling is build quality. The materials have changed – Audyssey has opted for fabric speaker grills not metal and a matt plastic band which stretches around the whole unit – but it is painstakingly put together. The band in particular has an aluminium core which makes it feel extremely robust. One area we do take issue with is the volume dial on the top which is a little fragile, though it does cleverly double up as a mute button when pressed.

Aside from the wheel, interaction with the Dock Air is minimal. Two small green LED status lights behind it indicate AirPlay status and respond to input from any connected device (there is no remote control), a headphone input is positioned at the front and at the rear is power, a 3.5mm auxiliary jack and a pairing button to initiate the AirPlay connection. As for AirPlay itself it has earned a reputation for excellent audio quality (it transmits lossless with ease), but a less than intuitive setup.

For a debut AirPlay device, Audyssey has overcome this latter problem well… This is a sample. Read my full review at TrustedReviews

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