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Soundfreaq Sound Platform

iPod®/iPhone® powered speaker system with Bluetooth® and FM tuner

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by Ralph Graves

Minimalist design, maximum entertainment

The Soundfreaq Sound Platform has a simple, understated design. But inside this minimalist box is a powerful and versatile speaker system that provides both wired and wireless entertainment. Listen to your favorite radio station through the system's built-in FM tuner, or to music from your docked iPod or iPhone. Stream audio wirelessly from a compatible Bluetooth device — there's even an auxiliary input to connect older portables.

Soundfreaq Sound Platform

Great sound, regardless of the source

With the Sound Platform you can experience full, expansive sound. The system features balanced, full-range drivers that are strengthened with Kevlar to ensure accurate sound reproduction. Rear-firing tuned ports enhance the low tones, giving you warm, natural bass.

The system includes Soundfreaq's proprietary UQ3 spatial enhancement processor. This advanced circuitry expands the system's soundfield, giving you truly room-filling sound.


Made for iPod and other devices

Front and center on the system is a dock for your iPod or iPhone. You can play music from your docked device as it automatically charges. But you can also play audio through the system wirelessly via Bluetooth. So you can enjoy music from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Have a non-Apple portable with Bluetooth? Then you can use it with the Sound Platform. Enjoy music from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or PDA. Stream tunes from your computer via Bluetooth. And with an iPad, you can play any audio so you can watch videos or play games, all with full, rich sound.


Remote control options

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The system comes with its own remote. Hidden in the right side of the Sound Platform is a special storage compartment. A magnet holds the remote in place so it doesn't tumble out when you open the panel.

You can also download a free Soundfreaq Remote app from the iTunes® App Store for your iPhone or iPad. This app turns your device into the remote, for full control over the system. The on-screen menus make it easy to select songs, navigate playlists, adjust settings and tune in radio stations — all through the Bluetooth connection between your device and the Sound Platform.

Highlights:

  • powered speaker system for docking iPods and iPhones
  • Bluetooth v2.0 A2DP for wide audio bandwidth and low distortion
  • Bluetooth range: 33 feet
  • compatible with Bluetooth-enabled iPads, smartphones, PDAs, tablets, and computers
  • FM radio with 20 presets
  • two 2-3/4" Kelvar-reinforced full-range speakers
  • acoustically tuned dual-port chamber for enhanced bass
  • touch-sensitive controls
  • adjustable EQ
  • docked player charges automatically
  • minijack auxiliary input for other portable devices
  • free remote control app for iPhone and iPad from iTunes App Store
  • remote stored in recessed compartment
  • AC power adapter
  • 11-13/16"W x 6"H x 6"D
  • weight: 4.43 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Bluetooth iPod speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 3' DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • IR remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery (intalled)
  • iPod dock cover (installed)
  • 2 iPod/iPhone dock adapter inserts
  • FM wire antenna
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • Safety Information

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Audio Section
Audio Sources
Remote Control
Power Requirements

Audio Section

High Quality Audio Performance: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform high fidelity sound system delivers balanced, natural sound with smooth bass, vocal clarity, & crisp highs that complement any genre of music.

Class D Amplifier: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform employs a class D amplifier to power its enclosed drivers. The unit's class D amplifier & DSP (digital signal processor) are tuned to dynamically reproduce balanced sound across the frequency spectrum (20-20kHz).

UQ3 Spatial Sound Enhancement: Relative to larger speaker system, compact home audio products have a relatively short distance between the left & right speakers, resulting in limited stereo separation. UQ3 DSP technology creates a psychoacoustic effect by controlling sound wave interaction that enhances the perceived stereo separation. The benefit is that you get a compact system while enjoying an immersive audio experience.

Custom Engineered Drivers: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform is fitted with dual 2.75" full-range Kevlar-reinforced balanced drivers which provide light-weight, well dampened rigidity to control motion. The magnets that drive the speakers' voice coils are a unique blend of iron & carbon that allow a longer excursion of the diaphragm. This "long-throw" design displaces a larger air volume which creates deep, smooth bass sound.

Dual Port Chambers: The Dual Port Chambers control air flow in the system. As the speaker ports wrap from the driver to the rear ports, the nautilus shaped path increases the air travel while allowing the acoustic chamber to fit within a compact footprint. Using reinforced plastic resin and sealed assembly, air leaks & unintended reverberation that degrade sound performance are eliminated.

Audio Sources

Four Ways to Play: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform plays audio from four different sources (Bluetooth, iPod dock, FM, & Aux) offering a great deal of flexibility. Its easy to use with many different devices and share with your family, friends, & co-workers.

Bluetooth Wireless: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform supports Bluetooth (ver. 2.0) A2DP wireless audio streaming. The Soundfreaq's built-in Bluetooth wireless function works with many A2DP compatible devices & wirelessly plays any audio (including music & apps) that would otherwise play through the device's internal speaker or headphone. The Sound Platform's built-in Bluetooth enables broad bandwidth transfer of high quality digital audio from up to 33' away. The Sound Platform's built-in Bluetooth supports many of today's most popular Bluetooth enabled devices - such as your Apple mobile device (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad); smartphone (Android, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba); & laptop (Windows/Mac).

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 Sound Platform.

Apple Dock: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform features an Apple 30-pin dock connector with universal well for audio playback, remote control, & charging of most docking Apple iPods & iPhones. The Sound Platform is compatible with the following iPods & iPhones (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 Y Y N N Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y
4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
4S 5.0.1 Y N Y 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.

iPad Note: The Apple iPad cannot be docked in the Sound Platform. You can listen to your Apple iPad via Bluetooth or Aux input.

FM Radio: The Sound Platform is equipped with an integrated FM tuner with digital stereo tuning and favorite station presets (up to 20). An external FM wire antenna is included for enhanced reception.

Aux Input: The Sound Platform is fitted with a stereo 3.5mm auxiliary jack that accepts input from almost any audio device with 3.5mm audio output or headphone jack. This way, you can use the Sound Platform to listen to virtually any audio source you want.

Remote Control

IR Remote Control: The Sound Platform comes with an IR remote control to operate the system, your docked Apple device, or connected Bluetooth device. The remote provides basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, & Fast Forward/Rewind.

Note: There is a side-panel compartment for storage of the remote.

Soundfreaq Remote App: When the Sound Platform is connected via Bluetooth, the free downloadable Soundfreaq Remote app lets you use your compatible Apple iOS or Android device as the Sound Platform's remote control & to interface with the system's built-in FM radio tuner. You can manage your tracks, playlist, volume, tone controls directly from your Apple iOS or Android device. You can also see your track information & settings on your device's LCD screen.

  • Source Selection: Change the input source directly from your Apple iOS or Android device (with Soundfreaq App installed) between - Bluetooth, iPod dock, Aux In, & FM radio.
  • Song Selection: Access the full library of songs on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. You can browse by playlist, genre, artist, album, or song.
  • Play Control: The Soundfreaq Remote App provides Play/Pause & Skip Forward/Backward playback functions of the music that's streaming or playing from the dock.
  • Radio Control: The Soundfreaq Remote App lets you tune radio stations & set/recall preset stations.
  • Volume Control: You can also control volume, mute, & tone control functions.

Note: You must be within 30' of the Sound Stack for the Soundfreaq Remote App to function.

Soundfreaq Remote App Compatibility: The free Soundfreaq Remote App is available for Apple iOS & Android.

Power Requirements

External AC Power Supply: The Soundfreaq Sound Platform operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied external power supply & AC power cord.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 1.5A
  • Output: 18.0V - 3.3A
 
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5 out of 5

Very nice little system !

Written By GLH, Batesville, AR on Sunday, December 16, 2012
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This little system worked perfectly straight out of the box with my iPhone 4s, both with bluetooth and on the dock. The sound is amazing for such a small player. Good bass even. Cool little orange lights on the sides that glow nicely too ! Radio reception was good without antenna connected.
Pros:
Great sound. Cool appearance. Flawless connectivity. Clear radio reception. Good bass.
Cons:
No negatives at this time !
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5 out of 5

Outshines Bose

Written By Nick, Atlanta on Monday, January 30, 2012
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I couldn't be happier with the Soundfreaq. It was easy set up and sync bluetooth. If docking your iphone, it charges it quickly even while playing. It's got a cool and classy look to it. And most importantly, this thing really puts out warm, rich sounding music that I can hear across the house. Guests are amazed that so small a speaker puts out such impressive sound. A friend bought the Bose equivalent (for a lot more money) and the Bose sounds "tinny" and lacks the depth of sound that Soundfreaq delivers. I'm more than satisfied.
Pros:
Warm, rich music with depth. Easy to use.
Cons:
Haven't found one yet (we've had it since Christmas).
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