"This is the best sound iPod dock under $500... PERIOD"5.0 starson by psustud4331
Pros: Best sounding ipod dock under $500 PERIOD!
Amazingly deep & REFINED bass four something the size of a toaster.
Its performance on the full audio spectrum (yes thats midrange too) is also best in its class!
Cons: #1 - When powered by batteries the volume and bass is noticebly reduced.
#3. The remote is fragile. As amazing as the RF feature is, I have had to replace the remote once every year in my 3 years of ownership.
Summary: First off I have to address the price issue. I, for the most part, think that the "made for Ipod" logo is license to over price. Almost no Ipod dock is truly worth it's price and I believe for what they do and what they sound like, the are **ALL** over-priced.
The Go + Plan is no exception. Where the $300 Bose is truly only worth $180 and the $400 portable version is only worth $220 to me the $350 Go + Play is worth about $285.
That being said, amongst the myriad of overpriced ipod docks, this one is THE ***MOST WORTHY*** OF IT'S PRICE TAG.
Compared to all of the other premium ipod docks this one is absolutely amazing. I can say that with confidence because I shopped around for MONTHS before I settled on this one. The only dock that sounds better in this price range is the Geneva Lab Model M which cost $499 (also worth it), which is NOT portable. (little do most consumers know, there are ipod docks that now cost up to $5,000 and more!!!)
This thing is the life of the party EVERYWHERE I bring it!! I've been called a "hero" when having this thing on me when attending tailgates (GO PSU), pool parties and BBQs
The sound the Go + Play emits is the most refined and robust (for what is essentially an iiPod Boombox) when compared to any ipod dock you would find at the Apple store or any bigbox retailer. The only way you can find anything better is to look at items sold on-line (Geneva Lab) or at very High-End retailers. There probably is no other *PORTABLE* dock that sounds any better. But don't let the word 'portable' fool you. It sounds the best when compared to ANY dock under $500
I was very surprised at how great this sounds in a noisy Apple store, but wait until you get it home!
WARNING: If you plan on using this thing in a small room with four walls it's Bass may be a bit too strong for you! DO NOT mistake this for BOOMY bass. There's just A LOT of strong deep bass, and BOY IS IT WAAAAYYYY DEEP for something that is about the size of a large toaster!!! Instead of boomy crappy bass, in a small room, this just sounds like you have a nice mid-priced subwoofer in a very nice home theater set turned up a bit too high. This is NOT a problem if you like a lot of bass, as it isn't for me.
What separates the Go + Play from other docks is that it's not just good at Bass (it's better than all of the others at that, by the way), but it's great at covering the full audio spectrum. It actually has a strong midrange presentation and really nice highs/treble as well. So many other ipod docks (as well the entire BOSE product line) impress consumers with large amounts of bass (notice I didn't say good bass) and simply decent performance on the rest of the audio spectrum. By the way, this is probably the only dock that actually gets up to 20,000 Hz (20kHz), for those of you who know what this means. Do not expect that out of the Bose, Altech Lansing or Apple docks.
I would definitely say that this is the Audiophile's Ipod Dock *in this price range* for sure!!!! (if an audiophile would ever, first of all, use an iPod and then proceed to use an 'iPod sound dock' at all).
Expansion on the cons:
#1 - Y0u WILL NOT get the same amazing sound with this is operating on it's battery power. This is VERY VERY loud when plugged in, but the volume is limited when unplugged (still no distortion, however, until the batteries begin to run on fumes). The bass extension and quantity is also, noticeably, cut by about 1/2. I am sure this is done in order to have it last 18 hours on the 8 D batteries as advertise (it actually does last a very long time by the way). Make no mistake though, you still get a ton of bass for something you can carry around in your hand anywhere. You're peers will still be impressed . Note that nothing else is lost. It's treble and midrange performance remains the same.
#2 Your ipod faces up when docked in this dock and you cannot see the screen from afar. This is not a problem me, but may be for others. I tend to just make large play lists and have play in "shuffle" mode anyway.