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SoundFreaq SFQ-01 – iPod speaker docks are pretty commonplace these days, so unless a device really stands above the crowd, it’s hard to recommend it. The SoundFreaq SFQ manages to do so.
Know going in that this hefty speaker system isn’t the best on the market – and, at $200, isn’t the cheapest – but it does have a number of features that make it stand out. The integrated FM radio and ability to stream music via Bluetooth or aux-in is nice. And the sound quality is infinitely better than the iPhone or iPad’s internal speaker.
It does just fine for music playback, but I’ve found the SoundFreaq is actually more enjoyable to use when playing games or other apps on my iDevice. “Infinity Blade” becomes an entirely different game when there’s a deep booming bass and vibrant music.
It’s available at Target and Amazon.com.
(Note: If you’re in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker for your iDevice, check back tomorrow.)