Strictly speaking, the TDK Sound Cube is not an iPod Dock, rather it is an iPod, or other portable music player, speaker. The iPod doesn’t fit inside a dock and become part of this speaker, instead on the TDK Sound Cube it sits on a non-slip surface on top of the unit.
A cube just shy 30 cm, the TDK Sound Cube packs a speaker on four of its sides, pumping out 20 Watts RMS. Inputs are a USB port, audio jack, and an audio line-in (RCA phono x 2). Cables included in the box include a 30-pin cable for iPhone or iPod, and a 3.5 mm audio cable. Also built in is a FM radio, and music player to bust out tunes from a USB flash drive.
All the controls are on the front of the Sound Cube – audio source, station preset, playback control, volume button, radio tuning, etc. And just like the 2 Speaker and 3 Speaker Boombox, in a nod to This Is Spinal Tap the volume knob goes up to 11.
The TDK Sound Cube can be powered by mains or by battery. And when I say battery I mean 12 – yes, 12 – D-size batteries. As ever, batteries are not included.
TDK Sound Cube release date and price
The TDK Sound Cube will appear in Australian stores in late June, selling for $499.95. Or you could buy the Sound Cube online now for US$299.99.
TDK Sound Cube Specifications
Speakers: Two 5.25-inch full-range driver, two 5.3 inch coaxial drivers
Inputs: USB (iPod/iPhone with included 30 pin cable)
3.5mm audio jack (cable included)
Auxiliary audio jack for instrument and mix
AM/FM with 5 presets
Power output: 20 Watts RMS
Power source: 12 ‘D’ batteries (not included)
AC power supply
Made for iPod touch (2nd generations), iPod classic, iPod nano (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G.