When you spend £179 on an iPod speaker system, you expect it to look and sound sublime. Tannoy's i30 certainly looks fine, but its audio quality doesn't befit a high-end device.

Measuring 136x456x138mm, Tannoy's glossy black box is about the size of a loaf of bread, but it weighs 3.6kg.

The Tannoy i30 unit has no buttons whatsoever; you control everything through a small black remote that has buttons for power, volume, play/pause, forward, back and mute. Although the buttonless design enhances the sleek look, it prevents you from adjusting the volume if you lose the remote.

For the price, the Tannoy i30's sound quality is mediocre. The unit pumps out good, thumpin' bass, but it has limited overall range - specifically, a lack of upper-end detail. As a result, the sound isn't particularly crisp, although the Tannoy i30 generates plenty of volume to fill a room during a fiesta.

To ensure a snug fit, the speaker comes with five dock adaptors suitable for iPods as far back as the mini. The Tannoy i30 juices your iPod when it's docked, and it features a USB port for synching the player to your computer (you have to supply your own cable, however).

The Tannoy i30 also has a 3.5mm input on the back, so you can use the included stereo mini-jack cord to plug in a Shuffle, Zen or Zune. The device's video-out port lets you view movies and TV shows on a television (composite video cable not included).

A handle on the back makes carrying the Tannoy i30 easy, but there's no battery power, so forget about slinging it along on picnics.

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Tannoy i30: Specs

  • DRIVE UNITS: 2 x 100mm iCT
  • frequency response (-6dB) 60Hz- 22kHz
  • sensitivity 88dB/ 1W @ 1m. AMPLIFIER: internal power supply
  • BASH amplifier technology, gives efficiency of Class D, and sound quality of analogue Class AB
  • low power consumption
  • universal 100-230V operation. GENERAL FEATURES: supplied with 5 common dock adaptors, to cover mini, nano, nano 2G, 5G, U2 with video, 5G with video (adapters 3, 8, 9, 10 & 11), iPhone
  • Charges iPod battery
  • auxiliary 3.5mm input for portable audio devices, computer etc
  • video output, to enable iPod to use external video display
  • USB socket, to sync with iTunes on computer
  • IR remote control for docking station and main iPod functions
  • sophisticated DSP for optimised sound quality. PHYSICAL: 136x456x138mm
  • 3.6kg
  • DRIVE UNITS: 2 x 100mm iCT
  • frequency response (-6dB) 60Hz- 22kHz
  • sensitivity 88dB/ 1W @ 1m. AMPLIFIER: internal power supply
  • BASH amplifier technology, gives efficiency of Class D, and sound quality of analogue Class AB
  • low power consumption
  • universal 100-230V operation. GENERAL FEATURES: supplied with 5 common dock adaptors, to cover mini, nano, nano 2G, 5G, U2 with video, 5G with video (adapters 3, 8, 9, 10 & 11), iPhone
  • Charges iPod battery
  • auxiliary 3.5mm input for portable audio devices, computer etc
  • video output, to enable iPod to use external video display
  • USB socket, to sync with iTunes on computer
  • IR remote control for docking station and main iPod functions
  • sophisticated DSP for optimised sound quality. PHYSICAL: 136x456x138mm
  • 3.6kg

OUR VERDICT

If you need a cool iPod speaker for your loft, the Tannoy i30 definitely looks the part. But stylin' design can't compensate for lacklustre sound.

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