Sony CMT-V758BTiP Dock

August 24, 2012 by  
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Sony uses ‘Magnetic Fluid’ to create an ultra thin Apple dock & CD player. 

Review Price £299.00

Score 6/10

Pros

  • Slim design requires little desk space
  • Integrated CD player & DAB radio
  • Smart LED display

Cons

  • Clipped lows and highs
  • Monotone audio delivery
  • No AirPlay
  • Too expensive
Key Features: 40W 2.0 Speaker System; Slot loading CD player; Bluetooth with A2DP wireless streaming; Slim & lightweight.

 
While we’re not sure we’ll ever get over the irony of Sony manufacturing Apple docks, it cannot be denied the company has an eye for style and smart design. Interestingly with the ‘V75′ (or ‘CMT-V75BTiP’ to use its catchy full name) Sony has pushed the envelope even further and produced something genuinely eye opening: the world’s thinnest iPod dock.

Design: Actually this is a controversial statement. The Teac NS-X1 is technically the world’s thinnest measuring 55mm at its slimmest point, the trouble is two thirds of the dock is roughly double that measurement. Meanwhile the Sony V75 measures 58mm at its slimmest point and tapers more gracefully to approximately 100mm.

6104 Sony CMT V758BTiP Dock

Predictably Sony’s skinny offering also has the edge on build quality. It is constructed like a malnourished Bose SoundDock Portable with metal grid speaker and matt finish (available in red or black) while it also sports a pop-out Apple dock connector at the bottom. Happily booming iPad sales mean Sony has followed the growing trend for an open connector so iPhone, iPod and iPad will all fit, but the iPad doesn’t sit as securely and – given the dock’s small size – obstructs much of the audio output. Pop the V75 on a pair of scales and it weighs in at an expectedly light 2.9Kg. There is a separate power brick though and given it powers off the mains it isn’t quite as portable as you might think.

Features: A lack of inches thankfully hasn’t translated into a lack of features. Aside from the Apple dock connector, the V75 is kitted out with a slot loading CD player, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth for wireless streaming. This latter aspect ensures compatibility with almost any handset or MP3 player, but the absence of the highly impressive aptX codec is disappointing and more controversially AirPlay doesn’t make the final cut.

Before we grumble too much, however, it is worth pointing out that Sony has included something far too many docks omit… This is a sample, read the full review on TrustedReviews

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