Polk Audio miDock 10: First Look

Polk Audio miDock 10: First Look

Polk Audio's miDock 10 fits all dockable 'Pods and will fill any room with potent, well-defined sound.


Polk Audio has been around for 35 years, and over that time they've learned how to do audio right. Now that they've released three entries in the iPod speaker-stand free-for-all, I jumped at the chance to take a first look at their middle-range model, the miDock 10. Roman will put together a thoroughly researched, full-scale review of this compact, lightweight boombox in the next month or so, but after one Sunday morning playing with it, I can wholeheartedly give it my own personal one-word review: "DAMN!"


Yup, that's my overall first-look assessment. The miDock 10 sounds that good - leave it to a first-class company to come up with an iPod speaker that has first-class sound. As I said, this is a quick first look, but if more-extensive testing results in a thoroughly objective assessment that's anywhere near as positive as my cursory subjective one, this $179.99 'box will take its place near the top of the pack.


Setting up the miDock 10 was a bit wonkier than I had hoped, however, but the final result was more than worth it. Follow along through this quick overview of a top-notch compact music machine:


I've always had a bit of a thing for simple, clean, straightforward packaging - it inspires a feeling of security, as if you know that manufacturer isn't trying to distract you with flash and dash.


Although the miDock 10's packaging indicates that it was made in China - well, "Hecho: En China," to be exact - you can call it either "a portable audio solution for your iPod," "una solucion de audio portatil su iPod," or "une solution audio portable pour votre iPod."


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Packaging doesn't get a whole lot more straightforward than this.


People tell me that "unboxing" shots are all the rage on the Web - I've seem my share, myself - but if all packaging were as utilitarian as that of the miDock 10's, unboxing would be one fad that'd die a swift death.


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Stuffed into the right-hand styrofoam endcap of the miDock's packaging are the requisite power cables, docking cradle adapters, and a tiny remote.


Althought the miDock supports syncing and charging your iPod, and although it does have an auxiliary port if you'd like to connect it to a CD player or other audio device, you're on your own when it comes to those cables.


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Despite its multilingual outer box, the miDock we were sent had a monolingual manual and registration card.


We all have our pet peeves when it comes to consumer electronics, and mine is manuals that have muddy photos, poorly written instructions, and missing information. The miDock 10, unfortunately, achieves this trifecta of owners-manual annoyances.






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