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Review of Speakal iCrystal Stereo Docking Station with Two Speakers for iPod

Updated on April 14, 2017

The Speakal iCrystal Stereo Docking Station is a speaker system that can be used with several iPod and iPhone models. It's compatible with all the following: iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; the iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; the iPod touch 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G; and the iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4. It will charge your iPod or iPhone. It also has a 3.5-mm auxiliary input, so you can use it with any other mp3 player or any device that can use a 3.5-mm input connector. The Speakal docking station comes with both a remote control and buttons on the unit itself. And, of course, it looks really nice. It's available in either black or white.

The system is small and light, so it can easily be carried from room to room. It comes with an AC adapter. It isn't a completely portable system though. It has to be plugged in. There isn't any battery compartment, so don't expect to take it to the beach.

Speakal iCrystal Stereo Docking Station with Two Speakers for iPod
Speakal iCrystal Stereo Docking Station with Two Speakers for iPod

Sound Quality

When I first used this system, I was amazed by the great sound quality. Music was loud and crystal clear. I didn't expect this kind of audio quality from a cheap (I only paid $60) and tiny iPod dock (the dimensions are 4.7 x 11.6 x 5.3 inches). The Speakal iPod Dock will definitely fill a large size room with sound. If you have a lot of parties with a lot of people and lots of noise, this may not be the best option. It might not be powerful enough to be heard over a lot of noise and chatter. It might not be great in a large outdoor area either. But if you want something to listen to when you're cooking or working in the office, the sound from this system will be exactly what you need.

Technical Problems

I did end up returning my system because it went bad in about a week. This is a very highly rated system on amazon.com, so it may be that I was unlucky and got a bad unit. I loved it so much, I was unhappy about having to return it. I got a more expensive Bose system as a gift but I was willing to take a chance on another Speakal system.

The first problem I had was with the iPod connector. After a few days of use the iPod dock wouldn't play until I jiggled the iPod around on the dock. This happened despite the fact that I was very careful when I placed my iPod Touch on the connector and again when I removed it. A couple of times, the speakers actually stopped playing even though no one was near the unit. So, it was obviously starting to lose the connection. After about a week, one of the speakers went bad.

I would cautiously recommend this system. On amazon.com, it has about 50 good reviews and about a dozen negative reviews, so I do think I got a defective system. Overall, it probably is a very good iPod dock. Make sure if you do decide to buy it that you buy from a seller you can easily return it to. Also, test it extensively in the first few weeks after you buy it. That way you can return it within 30 days if something does go wrong. Sony also has a highly rated iPod dock in a similar price range; the Sony ICFCS15iPBLK Speaker Dock for iPod and iPhone that you can look into as well.

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      JoanCA 5 years ago

      A lot of things would become obsolete. But that does happens with technological changes all the time.

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      You're welcome, Joan. I hope they don't change it either. This would also interfere with my car charger, which means investing in a new one.

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      JoanCA 5 years ago

      Thanks HubTub. I hope they don't change the connector. I don't have an iPhone but I thought I'd upgrade my iPod Touch whenever a new one comes out. I'd hate it if I couldn't use my current dock.

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      I have been looking into a stereo docking system for my iPhone 4. I really like the look of this one; however, as I am anticipating purchasing the soon-to-be-released new iPhone, I am going to wait, as rumor has it the pin connector will be smaller, potentially making this system incompatible.

      Great hub and review of this system. I appreciate your honesty in pointing out the pros and cons! Voted up + more!

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      JoanCA 5 years ago

      Thanks greeneryday,

      It is a really nice system. Just test it really well if you get one.

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      I am considering to get one of these speaker systems, and this Speakal iCrystal Stereo Docking Station looks like a winner. I am going to check this out soon. Thank you for writing and share this hub... please keep on writing.