Dock ‘n’ roll: Dexim AV Dock Station

Dave Bullard
7 June, 2010
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One of the easiest ways to listen to music from your iPod or iPhone is to connect a dock to an existing speaker system. You don’t really need a dock – you can just use a cable with a 3.5mm jack on one end and a pair of RCA audio plugs on the other – but a powered dock also lets you charge your iPod and, often, sync your iPod with iTunes.

I’ve had a Belkin dock hooked up to my Denon receiver for years, and while I have three ways of streaming media to my home theatre, it’s easier just to plug in my iPod and let rip.

One of the things which makes a dock even better, though, is the ability to use a remote to control your iPod – which this Dexim provides.

It’s a nice-looking black dock with a rubberised finish. On the back are a HDMI Mini port and a USB port for connecting to the power supply or a Mac. An HDMI Mini-to-component set of cables is included in the box. The HD cables allow you to view your iPod videos and photos in 720i resolution.

Everything from the dock itself to the cables and connectors are very good quality, except the remote. While it does the job it’s supposed to, including access to the iPod menus, it feels light and cheap.

The Dock Station ‘Works with iPhone’, which means the dock pauses your music or movie and plays your ringtone through your speakers when a call comes through. But you have to restart your track when you’ve finished speaking. You also have to unlock the iPhone again if you want to access the Menu function.

A standard-definition version of the dock, with composite connections, is also available.

Australian Macworld’s buying advice

This is one of the nicest docks I’ve hooked up to the home entertainment system. The audio and video quality is very good and it’s great to have a remote control, but the quality of the remote really should be rethought.

This review originally appeared in the April issue of Australian Macworld magazine.

Dexim AV Dock Station

Cons Cheap remote
Pros Good AV quality; remote control
iWorld Australia www.iworldaustralia.com.au
RRP $119.95
Rating 4

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