Soundfreaq Sound Stack (SFQ-03)
Can a £299 dock really compete with docks nearly twice the price? You better believe it!
Soundfreaq Sound Stack (SFQ-03) review
- Reviewed by Gordon Kelly (for TrustedReviews)
- 30 November 2011
Scores in detail
- Sound Quality
- ‘Dub Sub’, dual driver, dual bass setup
- Wireless audio streaming
- UQ3 Spatial Enhancement sound technology
- Powered USB port charges any device
- iPad compatible
Pros & Cons
- Unique ‘2.2’ dual driver, dual sub setup
- Wonderfully precise, detailed sound reproduction
- Charges both Apple and non-Apple products
- iPad compatible
- Value for money
- Bluetooth streaming rather than lossless
- Love/Hate design
As phones become our music players of choice the race to make the best dock to show off their audio prowess intensifies. Categories are already becoming clear: under £100, under £300, up to £500 and above. Quality products can be found in each range, but where this dock breaks the mould is its determination to fight above its station.
The ‘Sound Stack’ comes from newcomer Soundfreaq and will not launch in the UK until 2012. It is projected to cost between £249 and £299 yet the company claims it can stand toe-to-toe with docks nearly twice the price. Marketing bravado is nothing knew, but the most interesting aspect to the Sound Stack is Soundfreaq may have a point. Soundfreaq, a self-described “global co-op of craftsmen, designers and engineers… working outside the limitations of a traditional corporate structure… to develop products from the ground up”, has been working on the Sound Stack for two years. As such it displays many qualities which we suspect wouldn’t have made it through corporate board meetings. In short, inside and out, the Sound Stack is unusual.
Most apparent of these is the design. Breaking drastically from the curves and smooth edges currently en vogue, the Sound Stack is all straight lines and 90 degree angles making it more of a homage to the 1980s. We’ve found reaction to this is mixed with a love it/hate it aesthetic where a multinational corporation made have played safe. Another surprising aspect of the Sound Stack is its weight. Audio has long traded in weight as a sign of quality components, but despite dimensions of 440 x 160 x 190 mm, the Sound Stack weighs just 4.7Kg it is 300g lighter than the portable Arcam rCube. There are other decisions which also seem strange as you look deeper… Continue reading
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