The first thing that you will notice about
the Revolution Rotating Speaker from Cygnett is the unique
design. It's easily one of the most stylish speakers that I've had the
pleasure of using. I love the jet-black circular design that looks quite
modern as opposed to many other traditional rectangular speaker docks.
It is also quite sturdy so you can rest assured that this won't topple
over, no matter how loud your music or dancing is. However for something
this small, I wasn't expecting it to boom with audio quality but
surprisingly enough, I was wrong and for its size, the quality was
actually rather decent.
Before I could test my iPhone 4S on the
Revolution, I first had to install the speaker system. The installation
was a breeze and all you need to do is connect the speaker to the 240
and then insert your Apple product (iPhone 3 and 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone
4S, iPod Touch, iPod Classic and Video & iPod Nano) into the unit. The
trickiest aspect of the installation was removing the battery cover on
the remote control in order to eliminate the plastic cover on the
battery. It also comes with a collection of plastic accessories in order
to attach other Apple products to the unit which are a little fiddly.
The first thing I tested before playing
music was the rotating dock feature of the product. This basically
allows you to rotate your iPhone or iPod to go from portrait mode to
landscape which is ideal for watching movies. It is a little gimmicky
but it's a fun gimmick. To rotate the central part of the unit where the
iPhone sits is done via the rotate button on top of the speakers or via
the remote control. Another cool yet gimmicky feature!
Next to the rotate button on the top of the
speaker is a power button with a light, a play/pause button and finally
a rewind and fast forward button. By turning the unit around, you have
access to the DC power jack and the option of auxiliary input which
allows other audio devices to be connected to the Revolution but
honestly, why bother? This is definitely an Apple designed product. The
dock itself also charges your Apple products while it plays music.
The remote control contains 11 buttons that
does make life easier and these include power button, rotate dock, menu
up, menu down, menu button, enter to confirm selection), play/pause,
previous song, next song and two volume buttons to increase and
decrease. The remote control is definitely how you navigate the
Revolution and more importantly, your menus on your iPhone or iPod.
Audio quality as mentioned was
exceptionally clear for such a small speaker system, although if you put
the volume to full, it does distort the music. Low levels were good as
were mid-range audio levels with even a touch of bass. However in larger
rooms, the audio quality was a little lost. This has definitely been
designed for smaller rooms as opposed to large offices or open living.
The Rotating Speaker System from Cygnett is
around $160AUD which of course is dependent on store or online. Audio
quality is good but is lost in large areas so we would definitely
recommend this for a bedroom or small office. Nonetheless, its a well
designed and built speaker system that will make your Apple products
shine as opposed to their tinny speakers. With a fun rotating system and
good audio quality, this products comes recommended by Impulse Gamer!