Pros Great sound, and excellent picture
Cons Does not work w/itouch, iphone & ipod classic,
Summary This was and is a great product for the video ipod, it will not hold a touch or phone in the closed position, but I was able to use the systems speakers with my itouch, at $300.00 this was expensive, but at the current price under $80.00 it is a great accessory if you have a video ipod. When the unit is plugged into a wallcharger, or auto charger it did not drain my ipod's battery.
Pros Picture, design, sound, EXCELLENT also provided are additional audio/visual cables and auto adaptor power cord!!
Cons Not any that I can find at this date.
Summary This unit packs all the punches. Well worth the price. Company thoughtfully provides addtional cables for audio/visual/TV/sound hook up and a car power adapter (Ipod doesn't even provide a power adapter with their new video units) This unit WILL work with an IPOD Video 80 Gig, it states that it supports the 5, 30,and 60... but it does support the 80 gig. I love this thing.
Pros Great sound
Cons Smaller screen
Summary I have tried the Memorex IFlip Portable Video System prior to trying the Sonic Impact 55. The Sonic is better across the board. Volume on the IFlip is poor, sound quality is flat. The volume on the Impact 55 is far superior, base/ treble separation is great. There is no appreciable difference between the video image, even given the smaller screen.
"Nice, but 2 flaws"on by jimn367
Pros Well built, decent sounding speakers
Cons Stretches 4:3 video, Doesn't power ipod
Summary Based on C/Net reviews and reviews by other sites I decided to get the V55 versus the competition (Memorex i-Flip). The reviews are fairly accurate, but I think [the reviews] are too enamored with style over function. For example the importance of an IR remote is over-sold for a personal device, at least for my personal use profile in airplanes and other vehicles.
The V55 is very well built. It's solid, ipod integration is very nice, and there is excellent fit and finish. The speakers provide pretty good sound, and make a good portable system for use on the road.
Now the two flaws which are driving me to return the product:
1) No 4:3 aspect ratio selection. I had read on-line that this was fixed, but the unit I bought last week (Dec 20, 2006)does not allow selection of 4:3. Watching i-tunes downloaded video in 'wide-head' mode is simply not acceptable for a product in this price category. I don't mind re-ripping my DVDs with the proper wide screen aspect ratio, but there is no way to play native 4:3 video without video stretching.
2) The V55 battery doesn't provide power to the ipod. The ipod battery drains as the V55 system is being used. The cheaper competition keeps the ipod battery topped off, so when the video system drains you still have a fully charged ipod for your portable use. Also if your ipod battery is drained you cannot use the V55. Again, not so with the cheaper competing product.Updated
The 4:3 issue I mentioned above is not related to the widescreen on/off toggle on the ipod itself. With widescreen (from the ipod) turned off the V55 will take the 4:3 aspect ratio image and stretch it to a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. There is no way to make the V55 display a 4:3 image in the proper aspect ratio with black bands on the side.
Hope this helps.Updated
I have a typo. I bought the unit on 12/30/2006, not 12/20/2006.
As I said above, there are other posters stating that the 4:3 control has been added with a firmware upgrade. However, my recently purchased unit does not contain this feature. In addition I e-mailed SI the day I bought the unit and I have not received a response. There is also no mention of a firmware upgrade on the SI website.
Pros excellent audio, durable enclosure, makes the video more fun to watch
Cons have to take iPod out to sync with Mac/PC
Summary This is a great companion to the video iPod. If you want to watch video on your iPod, you have to get this. I was fortunate to get this for only $238 from the Apple online store the day after thanksgiving, but even at the $300 price, it is worth it. I had also gotten a $100 speaker for the iPod at the same time and the Video 55 put it to shame because its audio is about ten times better! The audio is sharp and clear and with pretty decent bass. I'll now give away the speakers as a xmas gift to someone. My only objection to its design is that you can't plug it to the computer to sync the iPod, otehrwise it would have gotten a ten out of ten rating.Updated
I was incorrect. You can update the iPod while cradled in the Video 55, you just need the correct USB cord. Fortunately, the one that came with my camera was the correct type. Not allowing the USB iPod cable to plug into the unit is the only design oversight I can see, so I will stick by my 9/10 rating.