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Audyssey South of Market Audio Dock

Powered iPod®/iPhone® speaker system with Bluetooth®

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by Ralph Graves

The Audyssey South of Market doesn't look like your average iPod powered speaker system — and it sure doesn't sound like one, either. In San Francisco, the South of Market neighborhood is a heady mix of high-tech business and artist's lofts. The South of Market Audio Dock draws inspiration from that cross-pollination of technology and artistic vision.

Audyssey South of Market Audio iPod Dock

Quality sound made better with an innovative app

Side-firing woofers and angled tweeters provide wide stereo separation and a spacious soundfield. The system sounds great right out of the box. But when you download Audssey's free South of Market Audio Dock app to your iPhone or iPod touch you can fine-tune the sound of your music like a professional sound engineer.

The app lets you shape the sound with its Fast Slope Tone Control, which lets you "tilt" the EQ towards more highs or more lows, while automatically adjusting the other frequencies so the sound's not distorted.

With the Dynamic Volume activated, the South of Market Audio Dock smooths out volume discrepancies between tracks. And when you choose the background listening mode, your music still sounds good at low volume. Want more? How about the ability to shape the sound by creating your own EQ curves. It's yours with this powerful app.


Bluetooth for wireless streaming

You don't have to use the system's dock to play music, either. Built-in Bluetooth technology gives you the freedom of wireless playback, allowing you to stream music from any compatible device, such as your iPhone, iPad®, smartphone, or PDA.

And the wireless capability can turn the system into a high-quality speakerphone. Dual microphones and sophisticated voice-processing circuitry deliver clear, echo-free sound. You can use the system for incoming calls whether your iPhone is docked or undocked.


Audyssey South of Market iPod Audio Dock

And it's a computer speaker as well

The South of Market Audio Dock has a USB cable that connects to your computer. It allows pass-through syncing of your docked iPod or iPhone. But it also lets you use the system in place of your computer speakers, so you can enjoy music and videos from your PC with amazing sound. And with a footprint of only 5" by 9", it won't take up much space on your desk, work area, or coffee table.

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Highlights:

  • compatible with docking iPods and iPhones
  • compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as computers, smartphones, and PDAs
  • Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • two 4" long-throw woofers
  • two 3/4"silk-dome tweeters
  • separate amplifier for each individual speaker driver
  • Audyssey Smart Speaker Technology for accurate, balanced sound
  • stereo minijack line input
  • built-in front and rear microphones for speakerphone calls
  • automatically charges docked player
  • high-speed USB port (USB cable included)
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • 5"W x 9"H x 9"D
  • weight: 9 lbs., 4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth iPod audio dock
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • IR remote control
  • CR2032 3V lithium battery
  • 39" miniUSB-to-USB cable
  • Two 40" Stereo minijack cables
  • User Manual
  • Get Started Guide
  • iPhone application notice

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System Overview
Audio Section
iPod/Aux Connectivity
Bluetooth Technology
Remote Control
Power Requirements

System Overview

South of Market Audio Dock: The Audyssey South of Market Audio Dock is a high fidelity speaker system for your Apple iPod/iPhone, smartphone, tablet, or computer. The South of Market Audio Dock features an integrated dock for playback and syncing of your iPod or iPhone. It also supports Bluetooth (A2DP/HFP) for audio streaming and features a built-in speakerphone for hands-free conversation. In addition, the Audio Dock is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any external audio device. For added convenience, the South of Market Audio Dock includes an IR remote control.

Compact Design: The South of Market Audio Dock is the perfect size for your desk, kitchen, or bedside table. It measures only 5.5" (w) x 9.125" (h) x 12.375" (d), and weighs 9 lbs. 

Audio Section

Audyssey Smart Speaker Technology: The South of Market Audio Dock employs Audyssey Smart Speaker Technology for distortion-free, powerful, and precise sound. Audyssey Smart Speaker Technology even maintains balanced sound at low volumes.

Audyssey BassXT: The South of Market Audio Dock has a proprietary technology called Audyssey BassXT, which extends the bass response of small speakers to reproduce the lowest frequencies. The result is deeper bass.

2-Way Speaker Design: The South of Market Audio Dock contains two 4" long-throw side-firing woofers and two 0.75" silk-dome angled tweeters inside an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for deep bass, warm mids, and clear highs. Auydssey carefully calibrated the drivers' placement and voicing so that frequency and phase relationships remain intact and sound waves emanate outward to create a stereo image. The width of the sound field may vary due to reflections off of nearby surfaces depending on where you've placed the Audio Dock relative to other objects in the room (and the physical dimensions and construction of the room).

Class-D Bi-Amplification: Four separate Class-D amplifiers with active crossovers power the dock's two-way speaker system for greater dynamics, improved performance, and uncompromised sound quality.

iPhone App: Download the free South of Market iPhone App onto  your iPod or iPhone to create personalized EQ curves and tailor the music to your taste. Designed specifically for the South of Market Audio Dock and iPhone or iPod Touch, the South of Market App gives you the ability to customize your sound. The app features Fast Slope Tone Controls, a new way of adjusting bass and treble using Audyssey Tilt Control, and a selection of Audyssey's Dynamic Volume presets, including background listening.

  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Automatically controls the level you hear so no content gets too loud or too soft. For movies, audio books and vocals it makes voices more clear and understandable. For music listening, it maintains consistent levels, eliminating the need for continual volume adjustments.
  • Audyssey Tilt: A convenient single control that allows you to solve tonal anomalies in recordings by "tilting" the balance to more highs or more lows. Audyssey developed this new technology and it makes its debut in the Audio Dock.
  • Audyssey Fast Slope Tone: Allows you to adjust treble and bass using a newly developed method that minimizes interactions to give you better control over just the bass or just the treble.
  • Custom EQ: Create EQ curves to control the levels of specific frequency ranges. Name them for storage and easy recall.
  • Background Listening Mode: You can even turn on the "Background Listening" mode for perfect dinner conversation music.

Note: The South of Market iPhone App is compatible with iPod touch and iPhone running iOS 3.1.3 or later.

iPod/Aux Connectivity

iPod/iPhone Dock: The South of Market Audio Dock features an integrated Apple 30-pin dock connector for audio playback & charging of your Apple iPod or iPhone. The Audio Dock will play back audio that is stored on or streamed to your iPod/iPhone. Music navigation must be done through your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist text will continue to display on your iPod/iPhone (the Audio Dock does not offers a separate display). When the Audio Dock is turned on, your docked iPod/iPhone will automatically be charged. The Audio Dock is compatible with the following iPod/iPhone models (as of November 2011).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Output Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track #
dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 Y N N Y N N Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N N Y N N Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N N Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N N Y N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N N Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N N Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
4th 5.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N N Y N N Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y N N Y N N Y
4 5.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
4S 5.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

iTunes Sync: When the Audio Dock is connected to your computer via it miniUSB (type-B) port, using the included USB-to-miniUSB cable, your docked iPod or iPhone will sync with iTunes.

Auxiliary Input: The South of Market Audio Dock features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio device with a standard 3.5mm audio output or headphone jack.

Bluetooth Technology

Built-in Bluetooth: The South of Market Audio Dock features built-in Bluetooth technology, so you can stream music wirelessly from a Bluetooth (A2DP)-enabled device; such as your iPhone. Via Bluetooth, the Audio Dock gives you the freedom to interact with your phone while the music plays; so you can text, email, check Facebook, or pick the next song from the palm of your hand. The Audio Dock will reproduce audio at the highest quality the wireless source device will allow.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Audio Dock.

Pairing: Your Bluetooth-enabled device must be paired with the South of Market Audio dock initially, before using the Bluetooth (A2DP/HFP) feature.

Speakerphone: When your Bluetooth-enabled phone is connected to the South of Market Audio Dock via Bluetooth (HFP), you can use the Audio Dock as a speakerphone. You can answer incoming calls from the Audio Dock. All outgoing calls must be dialed first using your Bluetooth-enabled phone. With Audyssey Dynamic Voice technology, you will experience a clear and natural speakerphone call. Dual microphones and voice-processing algorithms improve voice pickup quality to ensure that calls are clear and echo-free.

VoIP Calls: You can use the dock's speakerphone to make VoIP calls on your computer with VoIP programs such as Skype. Simply use the included minijack audio cables to connect the microphone audio output (3.5mm) on the Audio Dock to your computer's microphone/line input, and the aux input (3.5mm) on the Audio Dock to your computer's line/headphone output. You'll get clear rich sound from your VoIP calls.

Remote Control

IR Remote: The South of Market Audio Dock includes an IR remote for wireless operation of the Audio Dock. The remote provides volume control, answer button, mic, and mute functions.

Magnetic: The remote is magnetic, so you can attach it to your refrigerator or filing cabinet for safe keeping.

Power Requirements

Detachable AC Power Cord: The South of Market Audio Dock operates off of standard household AC current (100V-120V, 50/60Hz) using the supplied 6.5' detachable two-prong AC power cord.

 
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5 out of 5

Excellent Audio Dock!

Written By Josh, Greenville, NC on Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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I received this product as a reward from one of Crutchfield's Facebook contests, and have been thoroughly impressed with the sound from it. I wanted to use it for some time before reviewing it. I am using it rather unconventionally I assume. I am in the minority, as I do not actually own an iPod (I know, I know). So I found it a bit ironic that I would win an audio dock without actually having the vital component to utilize it. Anyway, I teach guitar lessons for a living. Many of my students bring in music that they want to learn from their iPods. Previously, I was routing the music from the iPod to my effects pedal, a Line 6 Pod XT Live (as a passthrough via 1/8" cable) to my guitar amp (via 1/4" instrument cable). It was a jerry rigged, ghetto fabulous solution, but an effective one nonetheless. Now, I use the audio dock for students' iPods (via the actual dock terminal or 1/8" cable if they have an alternate MP3 player). The sound is incredible for such a small piece of hardware (relatively small)! Many thanks to Crutchfield! You guys rock!
Pros:
Phenomenal sound and well built!
Cons:
Runs a bit hot and the touch sensitive pause/play button on top is a bit finicky at times.
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5 out of 5

Audyssey South of the Market Audio Dock

Written By MarkH, Petoskey, MI on Monday, July 09, 2012
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The only reason this does not outsell the Bose Soundlink is that nobody knows about the company. The clarity, imaging and bass is far better than Bose for the same price. If you don't need the portability of rechareable battery that the Bose offers, this is the best sounding dock currently on the market. High quality sound at any level. I bought from Crutchfield because of 60 day money back gurantee and slightly better price on extended warranty. The free app to customize equalization works very well and is easy to use.
Pros:
Solid base, clarity
Cons:
Power switch could be more convienient if not on back of unit.
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5 out of 5

GREAT

Written By AMQ, SAN JOSE,CA on Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Great sound ,great features and great value.
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5 out of 5

Audyssey South of Market Audio Dock

Written By Anonymous, Wash, DC on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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I love this product. The sound is great. I almost got a Bose which good as well. I checked out alot of the ratings on this product and decided to check it out. I'm glad I did.
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3 out of 5

portable audio

Written By mrd, Wichita, Ks on Friday, January 27, 2012
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Good sound. A little bulky, but still easy to move from room to room if needed. The item arrived broken, in that the plated insignia (which is also the way the volume is controlled) was broken off. Haven't tried to return it, but probably should. We can still make it work but have to make sure we don't lose the little piece that won't stay attached.
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5 out of 5

5 stars

Written By Kenny, Georgia on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
 
This is one of the best sounding docks I've heard. The speaker phone set up thru the dock leaves something to be desired and the remote is weak and has no on/off. However, In my opinion a sound docks primary function is to reproduce sound, in that respect it excels.
Pros:
Sound
Cons:
Weak remote
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5 out of 5

Best Dock, Terrific Sound

Written By Ed, Suffolk, VA on Saturday, December 10, 2011
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I found this dock via other searches for a high quality powered dock, the sound exceeds anything in the price range. Cabinet is well made, obvious quality and the shape is unique and stands out in the competition. I have no idea why this excellent dock is more well known for standing out in its league.
Pros:
Sound Size Shape Quality Build
Cons:
Nothing so far
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