It’s a little lacking in the volume department, but the Sharp DK-AP8P iPod speaker provides good sound quality and a design that’s positively bristling with bright ideas.
The shiny black slab of plastic doesn’t look particularly interesting at first, but if you take a closer look you’ll notice that the Sharp DK-AP8P's front panel is attached magnetically, acting as a protective cover when you’re travelling. And, when you remove it, you discover that the front panel also functions as the remote control.
It’s not often that we wax lyrical about a remote control, but this one is almost a work of art – divided into three touch-sensitive panels that provide playback and volume controls, a set of controls for navigating through your iPod or iPhone’s music menu, and – as the Sharp DK-AP8P also includes a handy video output – a control for switching the speakers into TV mode.
The Sharp DK-AP8P is perfect for anyone that wants to lie back in their hotel bedroom and listen to some music or watch their video downloads on TV. There’s a mains adaptor included, or you can run it off four AA batteries for about six hours.
The sound quality is very good too – assisted by a built-in subwoofer that helps to produce a warm, full sound. The one thing that lets the Sharp DK-AP8P down is that the maximum volume level is relatively modest. And while the sound is clear at moderate volume it does start to become distorted as you push the volume towards maximum.
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