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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
This is very nice as a Bluetooth speaker. I have been able to use it with my iPad, iPod, and iPhone 3G. I also have an Android MyTough 4g that it works well with. Sound quality is very good and will fill a room. The docking only works with Apple products. The big negative for me (and it would have been a deal breaker had I known prior to purchase) is that it has a built in auto shut off system. You cannot use this as a speaker for the alarm clock functions of your device. If it had an option to somehow disengage the auto shut off then it would be great. However since it doesn't, I had to move it to another room and I'm searching for another option for my bedroom.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
The SoundFreaq SFQ-02 is the second in the line of well reviewed iDevice docks from SoundFreaq. When it was announced I was very happy to see the same feature set of the original SFQ-01 with the ability to charge an iPad, along with charging a second iDevice from a USB port. This coupled with the lower price seemed to make it a great option for our house.

Out of Box and general use
The dock comes in a nicely packed box with plenty of protection. Unpacking was a breeze and we were up and running in a few seconds. We docked an iPad to the unit and started playing some tunes. The first thing I noticed was that the controls, while nice looking, are somewhat hard to see in dimly lit rooms. The labels on the buttons make it hard to tell right away which was volume and which was track forward etc. With additional use this will become less of a problem as you will become more familiar with the unit. The included remote is basic but works well with line of sight. The unit itself is beautiful and the added rubber supports for some devices is much easier to use than the insert method they had in the SFQ-01.

Sound quality
This is where the unit starts to disappoint. Upon listening, the music emanating from the dock sounds hollow, almost 'tinny.' There is a distinct lack of base, even with the UQ3 feature turned on. Given the smaller size of the unit the size of the speakers was reduced and as a result some fidelity is lost. I wanted to make sure the sound quality wasn't the result of a bad unit so I went to a local Target store and fired up the demo unit using my own iPhone to test. Unfortunately i got the same result. As a second test I plugged my phone into a demo SFQ-01 unit sitting on the same shelf. The sound quality on the 01 was much fuller. The 01 was so nice I picked on up immediately and brought it home. I am no Audiophile so don't take my comment as being snobby, however I have older iHome docks that sound better than the 02.

Other features
The remote app was easy enough to download but is very basic. The interface is patterned after the controls on the unit and that can make the app confusing. Bluetooth pairing failed initially but then worked and has worked well since. It is very convenient to use the BT as you can keep your iDevice near by and change songs/playlists much easier from your easy chair. There was no discernable loss in quality using BT over docked connection. The Aux feature is nice as well. With this feature I can plug in an airport express and make the unit an endpoint for airplay which in some ways is more convenient than Bluetooth. I can use my PC to send music or the Apple remote app which is handy.

Summary
All in all it is a good dock, not a great dock. If sound quality matters get the SFQ-01 instead. you lose iPad charging but you still get all the other features and better sound performance.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
I have a fix for your tinny sound problems -- use an equalizer!! (i use the one built into iTunes). Turn off the UQ3 setting on the SoundFreaq so you get a more "natural sound" out of the speakers.. then in the your equalizer slowly reduce the highest frequencies until your stereo no longer sounds tinny. You can also slightly boost the appropriate bass frequencies until it has a nice punch. Subtlety is key here but its possible to make this thing sound GREAT even at higher volumes. I was considering replacing this for the SFQ-01 until i figured that out this simple and cheap solution. This really is an amazing little system once its properly tweaked. Lovin the bluetooth feature, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2012
Design and aesthetics is great but the sound is lacking bass. Great highs and good mids but the lows (bass) is lacking... It's very disappointing really, each time the bass hits it's like a faint thump with a slight rattle.

I wish there was a way to plug in/add a subwoofer to this unit.

Although, this is a great system for fans of classical music, acoustics, live, instrumental, jazz, big band, some electro, and some rock. NOT the best for dance, hip hop, r&b.

Nontheless, I will be keeping my purchase for it was a store display and it was marked down to $70. It's also great for charging my iPhone! And the wireless capability is awesome!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2011
Just picked up the Sound Step today and love it! I have used other iPod docks before, but I think this has the best blend of price, size, performance and ease of set up. Getting all of my devices set up for wireless playback was a cinch. and the sound step really packs a punch that is much bigger than it looks like it would/could. so much better than listening to music on the MacBook Pro's speakers... Recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2011
A friend of mine has the Soundfreaq SFQ-1 Sound Platform Bluetooth Wireless Audio System but I didn't want to shell out the $200 at the time. I saw the SFQ-02 at Target so I picked it us. It may be less expensive but it sounds every bit as good. I have no regrets and nothing bad to say, really no cons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
There are a limited number of mid-priced iPad docks on the market, and I looked at most of them. This one made the final decision easy -- it's almost perfect.

Pros:
1. Slim profile, sleek design -- remote control storage on the bottom of unit, rubber dock protectors can also be stored on unit
2. Shockingly good sound for a small, relatively inexpensive unit
3. Easy to use, both the unit and the remote -- Soundfreaq app with FM radio also easy to set up
4. USB ports on the back so you can charge Android phones or other devices while also using it as an iPad dock

Cons:
1. The only one I can find is that you can only dock the iPad in portrait, not landscape, mode.

But I can definitely live with that for all of the other great features at this price. Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
I was quite pleasantly surprised by this product. I had never heard of Soundfreaq until my friend recommended the dock to me when I was looking at bluetooth systems. The Jawbone Jambox seemed like a cool buy but after I tried it out at Best Buy I was not impressed by its sound quality although I liked the looks and ease of use. Especially for the $200 dollar asking price I said no thank you. There was also the new opus by bose but that sucker is crazy expensive! It sounds pretty good but I don't really see the advantage of that unit unless I decide to become one of those bmw drivin super yuppies(although I'm slowly moving in that direction egad!) So now its on to the soundstep. The company carries a couple docks in the line but I was interested in the low profile nature of this product. Its about the size of a 1/2 gallon milk box but packs quite a punch on the sound front for such a small package. so here we go

Bluetooh and App:
Connectivity is awesome and the range is great. I own an iphone and I really liked the fact that it immediately connected me to the store so that I can download the App for free. It turns the phone into a giant remote for the dock. Major bonus points for access to my playlist in the app which lets me do everything out of this app although I couldn't search through my songs library or artists for music. Hopefully an update for the future? I can also shut down the dock from the app. My only beef was that I cant turn the dock on using the app which would have made me geek out super hard on this thing but I can live with using the physical remote which comes with the product. Maybe another update in the future? Please?

Sound Quality:
The dock packs quite a punch and the mini-sub gives it a roundish sound. The mids are a little lacking but overall it sounds great and I can crank it up pretty high before the sound begins to crack. The UQ3 which I assume is some sort of propriety equalizer technology does make a difference when activated. i wish there were more equalizer options but this function seems to function fine. It seems a bit pointless however to turn it off since the dock sounds better with it on anyways.

Design and Hardware:
This dock is super sleek. Its got a classic look look with its solid rectangular design and its really well put together. The top has a super glossy surface which is a bit of a dust magnet but it looked sick out of the box. The horizontal ridges on the back are an interesting call and I like how the rubber stands for the various iProducts nests into the product. Very clever. The interface area is very nicely done with very clean high end looking buttons which are touch sensitive. They are very responsive and ultra svelt nice touchy touchy action. In other words I like. The remote is your typical remote for these docks. The only nice thing about it is that it nests on the underside of the dock. Nice touch. If I ever decided to travel with this say on a trip up to cabins or a trip to some nice resort then I can have everything packed up quite nice. Maybe I should have ponied up a little more for the Lithium Ion unit. I didn't see that one before i bought this one! Maybe I'll exchange for it. Overall very nice and I can show it off to my friends.

Verdict:
I highly recommend this product if you're in the market for a dock with bluetooth functionality. It still has an iPhone dock so that you can charge your phone but beyond that its a great wireless dock. I mean who needs wires in the 21st century right? The dock looks, sounds, and functions great. I don't know where these Soundfreaq guys came from but they obviously know what they are doing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
I bought one of these puppies last weekend. It is truly an awesome device. Excellent sound quality, easy to use, fits my ipad2 even with the case on, and the remote works well,too!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I was an early adopter of the Soundfreaq 1. I enjoyed it so much I bought the Soundfreaq 2 this week and gifted my still-fairly new Soundfreaq 1 to my son.
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