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iPod Dock users beware!
on March 15, 2013
I purchased the XL-DH259P unit for my teenage son to use in his bedroom. He is a technologically savvy child and easy on hardware, and an iPod Touch 3rd Gen. owner who would make use of the integration of that functionality, so I was pleased at the performance and options of this unit for the price. It is, however, not iOS 5.x or 6.x compatible, and once he updated his iPod to 5.1 in May 2012, the dock no longer functioned properly, and we were forced to reset the system on a couple of occasions. I confirmed that the system was not compatible with the most recent updates of iOS (5.1.1 or 6.1.x) with Sharp Technical Support, and he ended up just plugging in his iPod headphone jack into the external audio in port on the unit to listen to his music from the iPod. It became a glorified, if good sounding, CD/radio micro stereo unit, and we were still satisfied with the unit. However, a month ago (after about a year's ownership) it began exhibiting power on/off problems similar to those other "poor" rating reviewers. The microcontroller for the system thinks there is a fault somewhere, and it cannot be reset holding down the POWER+EJECT buttons or by any other means. I like to debug electronics and have 30 yrs experience doing so, and this is disappointing to spend even modest $$ for something that only worked properly for the 6 months we owned it before May 2012.
There are pros to the unit:
* For simple speaker design, the sound quality is quite good for a bedroom sized space. Good bass support without being too boomy and clear mids and highs.
* When the unit worked, it worked well.
* The remote control is quite good, if a bit busy with buttons. All functions on the system can be controlled by the remote, and if no passcode is set on an iPod, all iPod functions can also be controlled by the unit.
* The manual is actually useful. It is not perfect, but does have a decent troubleshooting section.
* The unit does sound good and function well overall. The CD player tracked modestly scratched discs fine.
There are cons:
- The build quality is obviously not there for long term use, even gentle use. It is possible the power supply or the controller board are the weak links, but it is clear that there are problems for use beyond a year.
- The radio is OK, but not great. Strong stations are fine, but middle to weak stations are not well supported even with a better antenna.
- The CD tray is quite flimsy. The load design is very low profile, and worked well enough when the unit worked, but is not even as sturdy as many computer drive trays.
- Lots of plastic, although the blue display does look nice on the system.
- The iPod dock inserts and dock design do not allow any case on the iPod/iPhone, and the inserts never quite fit right.
- NOT latest generation iPod/iPhone or iOS 5.x or 6.x compatible - confirmed by Sharp Technical Support.
I hope you have better luck with your unit that we had with ours...