Call us modern day mods, but we're fans of spherical items. The sphere shape ends up softening up all the hard lines throughout the average home, bringing a sculptural element to any interior. So it's comes as no surprise we were instant fans of the mStation's 2.1 Stereo Orb for the iPod on looks alone. An 8" diameter docking station 2.1 sound solution, this little setup proved to sound almost as good as it looks (which ultimately matters the most)...
Our white test unit came with an assortment of 6 docking cradles to accommodate for almost every iPod out there, operating as both a speaker and also charging station. We hooked up our iPod Nano, while also attaching the optional USB cable which allows for iTunes synchronization; pretty much a no-brainer operation with the unit sporting 6 control buttons ontop, an IR remote windows and three front speakers and a sub in the rear (we only wish the "mStation logo was a little less prominent since it would complete the minimal modern finish).
The sound isn't going to have your neighbors calling the cops, but in a small room, dorm or office environment, the 30 watts of power does a fair service of providing clear sounds, with treble and bass controls accessible via the handy remote. There is a ever so noticeable hiss at the louder end of the volume spectrum, but when the unit is pumping out tunes, its only noticeable sitting directly next to it. Overall sound is on par with a good pair of computer speakers, but offered in an all in one form factor, the mStation 2.1 Orb will appeal to those living with space constraints. We're a bit sad to let go of our little mStation Orb, as we've gotten accustomed to it's welcome audio companionship and its attractive presence and sound. A strong recommend.
Available in 7 different colours, the mStation is available for $129.95.