Mon, 09 Nov 2009 ALFiE review
- Manufacturer: Roth Audio
- Pros: Smart styling, DVD and CD player built in, good connectivity
- Cons: Off-centre iPod dock, sound quality isn’t worth £400
- Price: £399
- Star rating:
Referred to throughout the marketing material as a ‘he’, the ALFiE appears to have quite a grand opinion of ‘himself’. And if you consider that it’s an iPod docking stereo system with a CD player, AM/FM radio and a DVD player all rolled into one, you may be inclined to agree.
It certainly looks the part when you take it out of the box. The ALFiE has a curved design with silver sides and a shiny piano-black top panel.
The connectivity ports for your TV are on the back of the unit, while the top has a row of touch-sensitive red lights that act as buttons.
However, ALFiE’s looks are blighted somewhat when in use. There’s a click-to-open iPod dock at the back – inexplicably it’s slightly to the right of centre. The touch-sensitive buttons are also on the unresponsive side.
Sound is OK, but the £400 price tag reflects the unit’s multi-purpose nature rather than its exquisite audio output.