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Acoustic Research ARS13 Docking Station for iPad, iPod, and iPhone

3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Charges your iPod, iPhone and iPad (Compatible with iPhone 4 and iPad 2)
  • Compact amplified speaker design
  • Perfect for home or office
  • Play/Pause, Power, Volume up, Volume down
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Product Features

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  • Size (LWH): 5.9 inches, 5.9 inches, 3.37 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
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Product Description

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The Acoustic Research ARS13 Docking Station for iPad, iPod, and iPhone amplifies your audio while charging your iPod, iPhone and iPad. It’s even compatible with iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Its compact design makes it great for the home or office but it also packs a punch with high-quality amplified speakers that produce crisp and clear sound. Functions include: Play/Pause, Power, Volume up and Volume down.

Product Information

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Product Dimensions 5.9 x 5.9 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 8.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
ASIN B00549AEB2
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Item model number ARS13
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #543,748 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Hi, ordinary I am not one of those people who enjoy blogging or contributing to discussions but I found the reviews of other customers and users extremely beneficial in buying products on Amazon. Being someone who is completely clueless about sound quality and technology I relied heavily on the reviews of other users. In all cases there were raving reviews and poor ones. I was so overwhelmed eventually I had to just make a call, fortunately it was the best call.

My husband who is a complete music and sound maniac was completely gobsmacked and enthrilled with he's gift. This particular brand has not been available in SAfrica for many years, he owned a sound system by Acoustic Research about 30years ago.

The IPAD2 fits perfectly, no wobbling, sound quality is effective and he can now listen to all he's tunes in he's office.

Thank you to all of you that take the time to add your comments - I now see the value of taking the time to provide product feedback especially when you have no-one to rely on for advise or direction, (more so) when you buying a product from across the shores, the last thing you want to do is send it back. I have become quite an expert, I bought he's wireless keyboard for he's Ipad from Amazon for Christmas as well, he was equally thrilled with the technology and comfort... think I scored some serious points!!

I was a complete sceptic, now I'm on Amazon all the time.

Regards,
Qaanita
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It does work, so it gets two stars.

It sounds awful. You can hear the plastic. It sounds like a phone speaker placed inside a cardboard box. No lows, no highs, not clean, not very loud.

Three cheap buttons that feel like they're already broken, although they're not.

Won't connect with my iPad 2 when the silicone skin is on it; just the thin skin is too thick for the docking connector to mate.

Giant wall-wart power supply, the big old-fashioned kind.

It's a shame to see the grand old names of Hi-Fi on junk like this. Ed Villchur and Henry Kloss are rolling in their graves.
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It charges my IPad and provides decent audio at a good price. If you are looking for more than your are going to have spend a lot more money. It's simplistic and doesn't take up a lot of room. Very pleased with purchase.
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Not a "secure" docking station for my iPod touch, if I were to carry the docking station, with iPod engaged, from one location to another, the iPod might very well jump out of its docked position and go crashing to the floor. A couple of "arms" or other "keepers" might have helped, but perhaps the AR guys wanted the docking station to accommodate other devices with differing physical configurations. Second weakness is that the audio level at max volume is only slightly higher than the iPod itself. Poor performance as an external speaker. I expected something better out of a product carrying the "Acoustic Research" brand.
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Be warned that this docking station does not properly work with the iPhone 4 or 4s. I've bought and returned 1 (and getting ready to return the replacement) due to charging and connecting issues. My iPhone is now telling me that the 2nd one is not a supported device and just doesn't work with the phone.

I've contacted AR's customer support and through a lengthy email discussion with them, they told me a piece of information that I found somewhat disheartening regarding their 1 yr limited warranty (the following is directly copied from the email I received):

"... PURCHASES FROM SOME INTERNET SITES ARE NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY."

They didn't tell me which sites, so I did not feel comfortable sending the unit back to them to be fixed.

Thought I'd share my experience with the product and customer support. Hope this was helpful.
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I use this dock with an iPod Touch, 4th generation. I have to remove the iPod from its protective case to plug it into the dock, but that only takes a few seconds since I use the rubber kind that just slips on the back.

This little speaker does as it says it does. It charges your iDevice and provides a nice speaker for your music and such. Is it much louder than the device already is? Not really. Is it a great sounding speaker that will replace your Bose speakers? Not at all. It was never meant to. But it serves it's purpose.

If you're wanting a small, inexpensive dock to charge your iDevice while you sleep or to turn on a Pandora station to set the mood for your night in, than this works perfectly. If you can pick it up for $20 during a Woot sale like I did, then it's a good deal.

If you're looking for stereo sound and bass, look elsewhere for a more expensive device.
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I picked this up from a sale on Woot.com for $20 (including shipping) and feel it's a great deal at that price. The cost of an iPhone/iPad/iPod charger alone generally exceeds $20... Having said that, keep in mind that this is NOT a high end audio device. It's made of plastic (though seems to be durable enough) and the sound output is not going to produce crystal clear highs and earth shaking lows. But for use on your desk or in your cubical, where you're likely not going to have the volume maxed out, this is the best solution at this price point that I've found.

Bottom line: At the sub-$25 price point, this is the best thing going. If you're looking for a device to keep your iPhone/iPad/iPod charged and play music at a mild volume at work, this is a perfect fit. If you are looking for a high quality/high volume audio solution, this is not the product or price point for you. AR offers higher end solutions as you move towards the $100+ range.
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