Sound Step Recharge review

On the face of it, the Sound Step Recharge is an iOS device dock/speaker system. It is, however, much more than that thanks to an auxiliary mini jack stereo input, Bluetooth pairing with phones, computers or any A2DP compatible device, and a built-in rechargeable battery.

A small rubber cap covers the dock connector, and a larger spacer can be moved to make room for cased devices. At the back there’s also a composite video output, and a bass subwoofer port.

With a docked iPhone 4, the Sound Step was surprisingly loud, and the UQ3 enhancer, triggered from either the device’s buttons or the remote control, boosted the sound. The remote worked well, but you can also pair the dock with the iPhone via Bluetooth. We downloaded the free Soundfreaq Remote app, which let us control proceedings from the iPhone while it was streaming audio. Annoyingly, the app asked us to compile separate playlists, instead of our iPod/iTunes ones.

The Sound Step sounded pretty good for its size, with clear mids and highs, and a more subdued low end. At higher volume things didn’t hold up so well, but that’s only to be expected. The advantages of Bluetooth audio and the built-in battery power will offset picky sound quality considerations for a lot of people.

OUR VERDICT

The Step Recharge produces decent sound, and has a strong set of features. We’d like it even better if the control app let us use our existing playlists, though.

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