A good-looking unit that takes up little space
Sound capabilities limit use in large spaces; plastic inserts could break easily
Docking speaker systems continue to impress with emerging designs in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and sizes. They have become a stylish accessory for the home as much as they are for playing music and Cygnett certainly aims to meet both expectations with its Revolution speaker system.
The Revolution is a circular-design dock with a motorised cradle that rotates your iPhone or iPod touch in portrait or landscape modes. This is a handy feature for watching hands-free videos in widescreen view or to run your favourite apps in their native vertical or horizontal format.
The unit itself is lightweight and compact; its circular form gives it an unobtrusive, contemporary aesthetic that would look good next to a pre-existing home theatre setup. The main controls are located at the top of the unit, including all standard function buttons (Power, Play, Stop, etc) and a rotation control to position your mobile device. There is also a small remote control included with the dock.
Setup is a pretty simple affair. Just attach the power cord to the back of the dock and plug it into a power point and you’re ready to go.
Depending on which model of iPhone or iPod you have, you will need to use one of three plastic inserts provided to hold your device. This was problematic for me as the only insert that fitted my iPhone 4 was not easy to attach, and given that these inserts are made from a thin, plastic material I was nervous that attaching and removing the insert from my phone and the dock could cause it to break.
The Revolution played all my favourite tunes relatively well, but the sound lacked a richness and depth, making it an ineffective speaker to use in a space any larger than one room of the house. With this in mind, the dock is best suited to a bedroom or study.
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The Revolution’s sleek, circular design blended seamlessly with my other home entertainment devices and took up very little space compared to other dock units. However, the sound quality was a bit one-dimensional and, as such, is best suited to smaller spaces.