If you are planning to purchase an iPod dock for your bedroom, then you should check out the iM600K from Soniq. This $129 product sold exclusively at JB Hi-Fi sounds good for its asking price.
This trapezoidal box sports a brushed aluminium border at the bottom and a black finish that complements the grill cloth. Users can find a window in the centre of the unit that displays your iPod screen (once it is docked) as well as the time. The power button, loading dock, snooze button, remote control, and control buttons (located underneath the remote dock) are found on top of the unit.
In order to dock an iPod, a user must press the open/close button on the unit (or eject on the remote) and wait for the motorised dock to come out of the trapdoor. Once an iPod is secured, you can now bring the dock back down and see your iPod from the outside. Yes, it may be gimmicky, but at least the company is making an effort to make its product stand out from the rest.
The remote provides total control for the iPod and allowed us to browse through the main menu without problems.
In addition to the iPod mode, users can also listen to various radio stations using its FM mode. Unfortunately, the unit had a hard time picking up stations in our office, with us having to move the string antennae around every time we switch stations. The overall reception could have been better if Soniq used a telescopic antenna instead.
Those who want to listen to other audio devices on the iM600K like MP3 or CD players can connect it to the Aux-in jack.
The iM600K sounds good, with the highs, mids, and lows sounding clear and detailed. The unit’s built-in subwoofer was able to handle the bass well, while the audio did not sound distorted even at high volumes. The unit comes with five different EQ modes as well as an MBASS mode, but users cannot change the bass and treble settings manually.
Finally, users can also use the iM600K as an alarm clock as it has two alarms and a choice of a buzzer, iPod or radio modes.
Overall, we were impressed with the Soniq iM600K. It sounds great and is perfect for users who want to play music stored on their iPod.