Cyber Acoustics 30-Pin iPod Speaker Dock (CA-461)
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- Compatible with most 30-pin iPhone, iPod (Touch, Nano, and Classic). Lightning™ based devices will not connect.
- Fabric travel pouch
- Charges iPod / iTouch when docked in well and plugged into AC source (except iPod shuffle and iPod 3G)
- Operates on 4 AA batteries or AC adapter
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Use the included power supply when near a wall outlet, or pop in four AA batteries when you're on the go. Perfect for picnics or other gatherings, the CA-461 also includes a convenient carrying pouch for transit,The CA-461 is designed to deliver plenty of sound, despite its compact size. Two-inch full-range speakers offer 6 watts of room-filling stereo sound. The "Xtreme Bass" feature ensures the low-end is not left behind.
Cyber Acoustics' CA-461 Digital Docking Speaker offers a compact, no-frills sound solution for your iPod or other portable device.
A compact, no-frills sound solution for your iPod or other portable device. Click to enlarge.
Inserts for various iPod models included.
Rear aux input.
Charge and Play Your iPod
Choose the appropriate insert for your iPod model, and connect it to the CA-461. It will receive a charge while you enjoy your music, so it'll be ready to head out the door when you are.
Big Sound, Small Package
The CA-461 is designed to deliver plenty of sound, despite its compact size. Two-inch full-range speakers offer 6 watts of room-filling stereo sound. The "Xtreme Bass" feature ensures the low-end is not left behind.
Because the CA-461's drivers are magnetically shielded, they can be used near computer or video monitors with minimal interference.
Use the included power supply when near a wall outlet, or pop in four AA batteries when you're on the go. Perfect for picnics or other gatherings, the CA-461 also includes a convenient carrying pouch for transit.
The rear auxiliary input is convenient for amplifying your non-docking iPods or other MP3 players.
What's in the Box
CA-461 Digital Docking Speaker, power supply, 3.5-mm audio cable, carry pouch, and dock inserts.
Top customer reviews
After becoming attached to a JBL Micro, I decided I could use another, more affordable version. The Cyber Acoustics dock-speaker seemed like a worthy candidate, especially at a half to two-thirds the price of the JBL. Frankly, I wasn't expecting a unit as good as the vaunted JBL but was willing to sacrifice some quality to save a few bucks.
Surprise. If anything, the Cyber Acoustics sounds better than the On Stage Micro! Tastes will vary, but the CA-461 is slightly warmer, has deeper and fuller bass, and is less inclined to distort when playing files recorded excessively "hot." The Micro is a bit more crisp-sounding with a slight edge in treble frequencies (as noticed while comparing the drum's hi-hats and ride cymbals on the two units). I'm finding the Cyber Acoustics unit "wears" better for extending listening stretches.
Aside from the sound of the two units, the Cyber Acoustics-461 will seem agreeably light and trim--unless you've owned a JBL Micro, which wins on style points (the impressiveness of the Micro's sound is partly due to its coming from such a tiny saucer). The JBL also gets points for finishing touches and detailing--the look and feel are less "plastic" (even though, unlike the boxed CA, it comes sealed in virtually impenetrable plastic laminate). Also, the JBL's carrying bag is supple and cushioned (with interior pockets and velcro straps to keep Micro, iPod, and cords tightly and neatly packed); the CA's is basically a functional "sack." On the other hand, the Cyber Acoustics has clearer labeling of the plastic inserts for adapting different iPod models; the JBL comes with the inserts, but the user has to pick the right one through trial and error.
Even if the cost of the two units were the same, the CA-461 would still be competitive, if for sound alone. Perhaps the most compelling reason to go with the JBL in that case is its inclusion of a remote--admittedly handy for starting, stopping, and changing tunes when the speaker is on the other side of the room. But even without the remote, I doubt you'll find a better value in an iPod dock-speaker than this little Cyber Acoustics overachiever.
Finally, give the Cyber Acoustics people credit for making the power adapter light and compact, easily deployed whenever the user wishes to save on batteries (I returned a JBL On Stage II because the power adapter was practically the size and weight of a small boat anchor, making it clumsy for use even with some electrical installations.)
The docking connector is easy to use and looks sturdier than some I've seen, and it accepts the Apple universal docking inserts so you can get an insert to fit any iOS device Apple's ever sold. The controls are dead simple to use -- just power and volume up/volume down -- and the sound quality is much better than you would expect for such a small and inexpensive unit. As a bonus, it'll run on batteries (without charging the iPod) if you need it to be portable.
It's definitely a bare-bones feature set. No remote control, no ability to switch playlists or tracks from the unit itself without using the iPod controls, no fancy features of any kind. But if all you're looking for is a small, inexpensive, easy to use, portable charging speaker dock for an iOS device, the Cyber Acoustics seems to be an excellent choice.
A small note I would like to add (for owners of Energizer's Xpal): I actually sit in on top of an Energizer XP18000 Rechargeable Power Pack for Laptops which comes with an AC adapter that coincidentally fits into this dock. So I don't ever have to buy batteries! Infinite portability!
Overall, I like this speaker system just fine - it's really a great deal for the price. (Which is why I bought it instead of replacing my JBL...) But if you bought it to play it outside while you do things like wash your car and weed your yard (if you're like me and don't like headphones and enjoy sharing your tunes with your tolerant neighbors), just keep in mind this falls a little short...