Surprisingly good sound; fully portable; well-made
We’re starting to see more portable speaker docks on the shelves, but most pale in comparison to Yamaha’s industrial- chic PDX-11.
It’s a simple, octagon-shaped unit with a metal grille in front and an iPhone/ iPod dock and metal handle on top. Controls are limited to a super-simple On/Off button and two more for Volume Up and Down.
Six AA batteries power it on the road, and it can be mains-powered as well. It’s super-light, so carrying it to the park or the beach isn’t a problem, but it’s also pretty rugged – you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged by a stray footy.
The audio from this thing is a revelation. The PDX-11 delivers a surprisingly big sound with loads of bass and a solid, nicely balanced and clean midrange and treble, delivered by a 4in woofer and a 1.5in tweeter. That’s right – it’s a mono, not a stereo system but you probably won’t even notice.
If I was to sum the sound up in one word it would be ‘pleasing’ – you could listen to the PDX-11 for a long time and not get tired of it.
Besides the iPhone/iPod dock, there’s also an Aux-in jack for connecting other audio devices. A remote control completes the kit. It’s available in green, black, white and dark blue.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The Yamaha PDX-11 is capable of far better sound than you’d think. It’s simple, portable and very well-priced. In fact, at $129 this is definitely a best-buy.