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Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge

Portable powered iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® speaker system with Bluetooth®

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    Sound Step with remote

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Don't let its small size fool you — the Sound Step Recharge can deliver clean, well-rounded sound in an immersive soundfield. And you've got plenty of entertainment options to choose from. Play audio from a docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad; stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth from a smartphone, tablet or PDA, listen to FM radio, or plug in a portable player through the system's auxiliary input.

Soundfreaq Sound Step

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Soundfreaq Sound Step

Music sounds great through the Sound Step Recharge, no matter what you're listening to. The full-range speakers deliver clear, detailed sound. And a dedicated woofer handles the low frequencies to provide a little extra punch. The system includes Soundfreaq's proprietary UQ3 spatial enhancement processor. This advanced circuitry expands the system's soundfield, giving you spacious sound.

Docking and Bluetooth options

The system's dock accommodates an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The removable dock spacer lets you dock a player even in a protective case. You can play audio through the system via Bluetooth, so you can also wirelessly stream music from your Apple device. And you can play music from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, PD, or computer.


Soudfreaq Sound Step

Remote and remote app

The system comes with its own compact remote. Hidden in the bottom of the Sound Step Recharge is a special storage compartment so you can keep the remote out of sight when you're not using it.

You can also download a free Soundfreaq Remote app from the iTunes® App Store or Android™ Market. This app turns your Apple or Android smartphone into a 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 Step.


Built-in batteries and USB charging

You can easily move the Sound Step Recharge from room to room. Built-in rechargeable batteries deliver up to six hours of operation, so you can enjoy a full day's worth of music.

The USB port lets you charge your smartphone or other portable device. And you can use the charger even while you have a player docked (and charging), or if you're streaming audio wirelessly from another device.

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Highlights:

  • powered portable speaker system for docking iPods, iPads and iPhones
  • provides wireless playback with Bluetooth-compatible smartphones, tablets, and PDAs
  • Bluetooth v2.0 A2DP for wide audio bandwidth and low distortion
  • Bluetooth range: 33 feet
  • provides wireless playback with Bluetooth-enabled iPads, smartphones, PDAs, tablets, and computers
  • FM radio with 20 presets
  • 2 full-range speakers with dedicated woofer for low frequencies
  • docked player charges automatically
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input for other portable devices
  • USB port for charging smartphones and compatible devices
  • free remotes control app from iTunes App Store and Android Market
  • remote stored in recessed compartment
  • built-in rechargeable batteries deliver up to six hours of continuous operation
  • AC power adapter
  • 13"W x 3-11/16"H x 6-1/4"D
  • weight: 1.23 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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

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Audio Section
Audio Sources
Remote Control
Power Requirements

Audio Section

High Fidelity Sound System: The Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge high fidelity sound system delivers balanced, natural sound with smooth bass, vocal clarity, & crisp highs that complement any genre of music.

2.1 Speaker Configuration: The Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge features a 2.1 speaker configuration with a dedicated subwoofer in for clarity, detail, & deep bass. Each driver features its own tuned acoustic chamber for a

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.

Audio Sources

Four Ways to Play: The Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge 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 Step Recharge 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 Step Recharge's built-in Bluetooth enables broad bandwidth transfer of high quality digital audio from up to 33' away. The Sound Step Recharge'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 Step Recharge.

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

Video Output (for iPod/iPhone/iPad): You can output video from your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your television via the Sound Step Recharge's rear-panel composite video output. You can view video stored on your compatible iPod device or streamed to your iPod device.

Aux Input: The Sound Step Recharge 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 Step Recharge to listen to virtually any audio source you want.

FM Radio: The Sound Step Recharge 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.

Remote Control

Remote Control: The Sound Step Recharge 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: The remote control can be conveniently held in the storage area on the bottom of the unit (magnetically).

Soundfreaq Remote App: When the Sound Step Recharge is connected via Bluetooth, the free downloadable Soundfreaq Remote app lets you use your compatible Apple iOS or Android device as the Sound Step Recharge'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

Built-In Rechargeable Battery: The Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge's built-in rechargeable battery lets you enjoy up to 6 hours of playback time, while letting you take the Sound Step Recharge anywhere with you around your home or office. The battery can be recharged using the supplied AC power adapter.

External AC Power Supply: The Soundfreaq Sound Stack also operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied external AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 1.1A
  • Output: 12.0V - 2.5A

USB Power Port: The unit is fitted with a rear-panel USB (type-A) power port that charges compatible devices including mobile phones & wireless headsets (your device must allow USB charging).

 
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5 out of 5

Very happy with sound!

Written By Misfit, Pacifica CA on Monday, January 21, 2013
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Great separation of sound. I have a 32 foot living room - the sound fills the room. If there are any negatives, it is that is not yet compatible with iPhone5 - adapter available for additional $$ - Adapter is white and unit is black. The adapter makes the iPhone5 sit higher. Adapter sometimes needs to be reset in its place. The SoundFreaq Sound Step has great sound for a little unit. From the next room, I can't tell if it is the regular large stereo that is on, or the SoundFreaq. But the SoundFreaq has the benefit of not booming the floors for neighbors (Like the regular large speakers do )
Pros:
Great separation of sound. Surprising sound for size of unit Easy to use. Love the tiny remote.
Cons:
Need adapter for iPhone5 Adapter is white/unit is black
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5 out of 5

Big sound, little system

Written By KingOfSpades007, Canton, MI on Monday, September 17, 2012
 
Its actually my little sisters system from in her room and she barely uses it. I dont have a stereo in my room and commandeered it for the week. All I can say is wow... The sound that these speakers put out is great! More than enough for my room. Its awesome that I can pause songs on my phone when using Bluetooth with the remote. I hate to say in this review but, im looking to see if I can find a system in this price range that'll top this one so I dont have the same stereo as my sister! (rather doubta le at this point in time!)
Pros:
Impeccable sound quality, build quality, and elegant finish
Cons:
At well high vol there's a wee bit of distortion but, with the size of room im in, its only that high if im seeing just how loud it'll get!
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5 out of 5

Great Sound for The type of Speaker

Written By Dulce, New York on Friday, May 25, 2012
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Same or better sound compare to the Bose system and half the price, I am very happy with this buy.
Pros:
Everything!
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Soundfreaq ipod Dock Speaker

Written By Philo, Hudson, NY on Friday, April 20, 2012
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I should qualify that I've only had this for a couple of weeks. This item is tremendous value for me when compared to other products such as Bose and performance so far comports with my research and Crutchfield typical knowledgable assistance. A one foof box basically that projects ample volume with clarity, easy to dock, operates with electric and battery. The remote works the ipod in the dock and this is the perfect portable sound machine for around the house, porch and back yard parties.
Pros:
Portable, good remote with storage, really solid volume and clarity for such a small single unit.
Cons:
None yet
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5 out of 5

SoundfFreaq is Awesome!!

Written By SoundFreaq Fan!!, Rochester on Saturday, March 24, 2012
 
My Soundfreaq is a couple of weeks old now, and I absolutely love it. I'm impressed with how great it looks, it looks very elegant in white. Along with looking great, the sound step has some really cool features that I love utilizing. The Bluetooth feature has been awesome, I love being able to have my iPod in my hand and still be able to control every aspect of the sound from the volume to the actual song itself, all from across the room. I also enjoy having the dock on the front so I can listen to my music and let iPod charge at the same time. While having my iPod docked I've found the optical out to be an intriguing feature, with being able to display videos and pictures from my iPod on my TV. Furthermore, the six hour built in battery has proven to be fabulous. It is very convenient to be able to just unplug the soundfreaq from the wall and carry it wherever, without ever losing a note of the song. Mentioning the sound, I was blown away by the amount of sound this little platform could make! In addition to the amount, the quality was impeccable! The sound is very well balanced from the lowest notes to the highest. I tip my hat to soundfreaq because this product is amazing! I think from now on I will stick with purchasing Soundfreaq products, because for the bang for the buck they blow Bose and the other competitors out of the water!!!
Pros:
The Blue tooth feature is really nice, along with the 6 hour battery. I've also found the USB input to be very helpful to charge my cell phone.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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