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Sharp DK-AP8P review

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sharp

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

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.

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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Sharp DKAP8PScores 7.7 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
Portable speakers with digital player dock
Active Speaker
Nominal Output Power (Total): 4.4 Watt
Integrated Audio Amplifier
Digital player charging dock
2x right/left channel speaker - 1.2 Watt - wired 1x subwoofer - 2 Watt - wired
1x audio line-in (mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) 1x IPod docking, 1x composite video output
MP3 Player Compatibility: iPod mini, iPod (4G), iPod nano, iPod with video (5G), iPod nano (aluminum) (2G), iPod classic, iPod touch, iPod nano (3G), iPod nano (4G), iPod touch (2G), iPhone, iPhone 3G
Carrying case, 4 docking station inserts
Remote control - infrared
Touch panel
Power adaptor - external
Battery - AA type
Required Qty: 4
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you want to share your holiday music with a group of friends then you’ll probably need something a little more powerful than the Sharp DK-AP8P, such as the iP49 or the inMotion Compact. However, the DK-AP8P will make a terrific entertainment system for anyone that finds themselves holed up in a hotel room with some time on their hands.

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