iPhone speaker docks are a dime a dozen. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors by a variety of brands. They also come with a variety of drawbacks. The docks who boast small size usually have speakers positioned too close together which creates a slightly fuzzy sound that lacks fullness. Systems large enough to put out quality sound tend to be large, bulky and intrusive. The speakers that are “just right” tend to be extravagantly priced. Then there is the fact that some are just simply not up to date with my shiny new iPhone 5. I finally upgraded from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 a few months ago. While it was the newest iPhone and jam packed with new features, it came came with the at first disappointing lightning connection, versus the 30 pin technology most phones and speakers are designed for.
I was so sad when I realized that I could no longer use some of my old speaker docks we had come to rely on for weekends and BBQs. Luckily, iLuv Creative Technology, my go to for all things Apple accessory, launched their new Aud 5 Lightning speaker dock and were kind enough to send me one to review. And so far, I think it’s going to be “just right.” It’s designed to be compatible with iPhones Lighting Connector which allows the dock to feature full digital sound.
Plus, the dock charges while it plays so whether I’m listening to Pandora or my “cleaning the kitchen” playlist, the Aud 5 keeps me charged up on all fronts! (Tell me you haven’t noticed how much streaming music runs down your battery!!) I’m also loving the rotating connection that keeps you from having to remove any protective case you may have on your device. HUGE BONUS POINTS here!
In addition to great sound and multi taking capabilities, the Aud 5 simply looks good in our house. It’s compact enough to put anywhere and has a sleek, simple design that everyone who has seen it has commented on! I love the way the black fits in and it’s not too tall, sleek speakers produce a lot of sound without taking up a lot of space.
Easy enough to operate with your elbows (if needed), The iLuv Aud 5 features top-mounted touch controls that include: Power, Play/Pause, Track change and Volume. And for the times when a non iPhone friend wants to play their playlist, there is a handy 3.5mm auxiliary input for a direct connection to other devices (like my Samsung Galaxy S4).