Apple’s iDevices have a lot going for them, not least convenience but when it comes to sound quality it’s a different matter thanks to Apple’s use of DACs - Digital to Analogue Converters - that at best can only be described as adequate. A cheap and nasty DAC can result in a shallow, brittle and generally tiresome sound. A good DAC can have the opposite effect, making even a grotty 128k lossless audio file sound almost CD-like.
Audio docks for your iPhone, iPod or iPad as are common as muck but now Philips is offering a range of speaker units tailored specifically for Android devices. Before we crack on it’s worth mentioning that Philips already has some serious form in the dock market. The DS9000, launched in 2010, was quite simply a blinder. Superb to look at and listen to it was easily on a par with the best from Arcam and B&W.
Despite the fact that iPod has replaced Walkman as the synonymous name for a portable music player Sony has not only kept kept the brand alive but managed to build a reputation for sonic excellence. In short its digital music players may not sell in the numbers Apple’s do but they sound a hell of a lot better.
Swiss upmarket audio maker Geneva Sound has made its reputation turning out superbly made, excellent sounding and visually stunning iDevice docks like the Models M, L and XL with a price that if you have to ask about you can’t afford. The huge and truly stunning XL for example will set you back £2,000.