Manufacturer: Fluance Part number: FiSDK500
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 12/09/2011
The good: The bargain-price Fluance FiSDK500 delivers high-quality sound from a retro-style iPod speaker, which is solidly built with a medium-density fiberboard cabinet and a high-gloss black finish. It plays loud without distorting, is simple to operate, and has composite and S-video outputs.
The bad: It's bigger than most iPod speakers and doesn't offer such extra features as Bluetooth.
The bottom line: You'd be hard-pressed to find an iPhone/iPod speaker-dock system that performs as well as Fluance FiSDK500 for $200.
An excellent Ipod/Iphone speaker system for the money!
by Jared9876 on December 13, 2011
Pros: Sound Quality
Cons: None so far
Summary: Over the Summer I bought surround sound speakers from Fluance based on reviews I read here on CNET. I spent $200 on 5 speakers. I was blown away by the ...
Summary: Over the Summer I bought surround sound speakers from Fluance based on reviews I read here on CNET. I spent $200 on 5 speakers. I was blown away by the build quality, sound quality, and price of the speakers. They were big, heavy, and built like tanks. Then I popped in a blu ray and turned the volume up and was blown away by the sound. When I saw this Ipod dock here on CNET I immediately read the review. Then I went to Fluance's website and found that they were selling this unit for a short time for only $100. BAM! It was the perfect Christmas gift for my girlfriend.
Pros: Build Quality: This unit came in the mail and I was immediately impressed with the weight of the box. I had a feeling it was going to be just as solid as my surround sound speakers. I gave this to my girlfriend a couple of days ago and I am totally impressed with it. We unpacked it and it was solid as a rock. I love the build quality of Fluance brand speakers.
Sound Quality: Just like my surround speakers from fluance, this speaker system blew me away. I had no idea it was going to sound so good or be able to go so loud without distortion. I really cranked it up and I am still amazed at the quality. I am no audiophile by any stretch but I know when something sounds good and this speaker system sounds good!! I really want to take this present back and enjoy it for myself.
Appearance: I personally like the appearance of this system. It's simple and neat and there is not too much going on. I like the glossy black finish and the button configuration. The buttons are easy to figure out and the menu system is just as easy as well. Oh it also comes with a remote control that is very easy to operate. Overall I am really impressed with the appearance.
Price: There is not enough I can say about the price of this unit. It is listed at $200 but I got lucky and bought it when Fluance was having a deal before Thanksgiving in which it was only $100. I immediately bought a unit for my girlfriend. I do not have a lot of experience with ipod speaker systems but I can't imagine there are too many speaker systems that sound this good for the price.
In conclusion, I love this unit from Fluance. Twice now I have bought speakers from Fluance and twice I have been blown away by the build quality, sound quality, appearance, and price. Thank you to CNET for reviewing Fluance products and bringing them to my attention.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good performance if it works. Bad luck if it doesn't.
by kelper77 on June 4, 2012
Pros: Tight, powerful sound. Speaker cabinet seems to be made from quality materials.
Cons: Volume Down button was defective right out of the box. Customer Service is not helping.
Summary: I just received the unit last week. I immediately had a problem with the Volume Down button on the dock not working (I can use the remote). At first Customer ...
Summary: I just received the unit last week. I immediately had a problem with the Volume Down button on the dock not working (I can use the remote). At first Customer Service responded and seemed like they would help, but then they stopped answering my emails and it appears I am stuck with the problem. It has been 3 emails and 3 business days now without a response. What works about this dock is good, but you will take your chances if you need help. Good performer if it's not defective, but if it's a lemon, then lucky day for you!
Big Bang for Your Buck
by PolstonKY on December 29, 2011
Pros: Great sound quality (Especially for the price)
Pretty Durable so far
Cons: Maybe it is a little too big? But that is really just me stretching for a con
Summary: For $200 you are not going to find a dock with better sound quality and more attractive look. I love it. I got it as a gift and I love ...
Summary: For $200 you are not going to find a dock with better sound quality and more attractive look. I love it. I got it as a gift and I love it so far! I would recommend it and would encourage anyone looking for a dock to check it out. Very reasonable priced and high quality product.
- Manufacturer: Fluance
- Part number: FiSDK500
- Description: Experience room filling music that you can feel! The Fluance FiSDK500 high performance music system for iPod/iPhone offers an elite, flawlessly made music system in an elegant lifestyle design, it is a true sign of the devotion to exceptional audio products. By utilizing only premium components such as powerfully dimensioned, high-performance drivers and a wood cabinet finish the FiSDK500 provides a pure listening experience that will harmonize perfectly with any modern living area. With superb sound radiation and rich timbre, this system is perfect for any audiophile and can handle even the highest volume levels with outstanding clarity. Enhance your listening experience with serious performance that represents a standard in sonic accuracy and superior craftsmanship.
- Speaker quantity 1 x Speaker
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.1 in x 7.1 in x 5.8 in
- Weight 13.4 lbs
- Color Black
- Additional Features Integrated power amplifier,
iPod and iPhone compatible
- Enclosure material Wood
- Amplification type Active
- Driver configuration 2-way
- Woofer size (inches) 0.6 in,
- Max (RMS) output power (total) 20 Watt
- Response bandwidth 40 - 20000 Hz
- Crossover frequency 3500Hz
- Output features Bass Reflex
- Audio amplifier Integrated
- Connectivity Wired
- Connector type 1 x Audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ),
1 x Composite video output ( RCA phono ),
1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN )
- Driver details Speaker system with digital player dock,
1 x Tweeter driver - 0.6 in - Silk - Soft Dome,
1 x Woofer driver - 5 in - Woven fiberglass
- Driver details 2 x 0.6 in Tweeter,
2 x 5 in Woofer
Compatibility | Accessories
- MP3 | Smartphone | Tablet compatibility iPhone,
- Included accessories Remote control,
6 dock adapters,
- Cables included Audio cable - 4.6 ft,
Video cable - 4.6 ft
- Service & support 2 years warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - 2 years