The i-deck is an unusually stylish and compact high quality sound system for iPod®/iPhone®. Available in two models, i-deck 100 and i-deck 200, and compatible with iPods®/iPhones® through a flexible dock connector, i-deck's imaginative design is endowed with the performance, build and aesthetic quality that’s won Monitor Audio acclaim around the world.
We've applied our specialised know-how in order to achieve the best possible audio experience from each i-deck design. The systems extract the digital data from the iPod and convert to music through specialised high speed 28/56 bit dual precision DACs. To liberate the purer more dynamic waveform from the DAC, no fewer than four high quality drivers in each i-deck are individually powered by their own custom-trimmed amplifier. And so that none of the sound is wasted by poor room acoustics, each i-deck is equipped with an innovative room equalisation DSP called Automatic Position Correction (APC), which by way of an internal microphone, samples and corrects for the room response in any location each time the i-deck is powered up. The new i-deck's curvaceous profile is of a high-tech mineral-filled polymer construction, which offers excellent rigidity and acoustic damping - non-regular curved panels suppress internal audio reflections to generate the smoothest, widest frequency response. And for the slickest operation and convenience there’s a long-range remote-control handset and a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack for plugging-in other sound sources.
You'll discover more than simple convenience in the two i-deck designs. No ordinary dock can compete, because i-deck chemistry is defined by the science of better sound. Its award-winning DNA gives you the easy way to enjoy all the music from your iPod/iPhone in any room.
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And they have five reasons to love it!
21 March, 2012
"Low on frills but high on quality; at this price it's a sonic star"
21 March, 2012
"Superb sonics, solid build- a great buy"
12 March, 2012
"...redefining expectations..." Hi Fi Choice reviews the i-deck 200
14 December, 2011
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At the decisive sessions, music industry luminaries use the i-deck 200 to find this year's winner.
i-deck 200 - The Sunday Times' ingear Best Buy
"Monitor Audio's speaker dock for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a typical British hi-fi design: devoid of frills, quirky to look at and with an emphasis on sound quality. The one novel piece of technology it employs is an automatic tuning system that uses a built-in microphone to monitor the acoustics of the room and calibrate the sound balance accordingly. This feature works well - but it's the pair of excellent speakers and punchy amplification that are the stars of the show, producing a powerful, expansive sound that can handle quieter pieces of music with delicacy but has a mightily loud bark when needed.
The system is a good match for larger rooms or even occaissional garden use (although there are no wireless or battery options). Although iPads will sit on the i-deck's digital 30-pin connector, the maker does not recommend it. There is a 3.5mm input for a tablet or other audio sources. The device's build quality is excellent."
Verdict: "Superb sonics, solid build - a great buy."
i-deck 200 Review by What Hi-Fi?
"Sonically, it's always been strong; at almost half the price, and among new peers, it's only more impressive. Listening to Lana Del Rey's Off To The Races, there's solid bass and a good sense of dynamics helping the track sound punchy and fast. Treble notes are exciting without sounding bright and Del Rey's languid vocals sound natural.
The i-deck was unlucky not to win five stars at the old price. If audio performance is your key concern, at this price it's hard to argue with what's on offer here."
Verdict: "Low on frills but high on quality; at this price it's a sonic star"
i-deck 200 Review by HiFi choice magazine
"We reckon the APC feature is a bit of a winner, as this unit certainly has some of the best bass we've heard from a table-top unit. It's not just extended, but also unusually well controlled and detailed, and it quite literally underpins a very assured performance."
MSN's Most Desirable Music Gadgets
MSN Tech & Gadgets have featured the i-deck 200 in their collection of "Most desirable music gadgets", here is what they had to say:
"Monitor Audio is one of those well-established British hi-fi firms with a serious pedigree in designing and manufacturing quality speakers. As such, its i-deck 200 has quickly become popular amongst the discerning audiophile crowd.
As well as looking cool, the i-deck 200 genuinely does sound fantastic. Dual 100mm C-CAM bass drivers individually powered by custom-configured 50W amplifiers and 25mm gold dome tweeters, all driven by precision-tailored 20W power amps is why. But you don't really need to remember all of that! You just need to listen to it."
Trusted Reviews i-deck 200 review
"Further adding to the Monitor Audio i-deck 200's prowess is the inclusion of an in-built DAC (digital to analogue converter), something that only the upper echelons of the iPod dock competition include. This bypasses the circuitry of the iPhone/iPod/iPad (deemed substandard for audiophiles) and takes the digital signal directly, using its own 28/56 bit dual precision processing to do the heavy lifting.
Also, an innovative Automatic Position Correction (APC) system configures the output of the i-deck 200 depending on where it is positioned. In the rear of the i-deck 200 is a mic which produces three frequencies pulses (70, 85 and 100 hertz) and their reverberations help the dock determine if it is near a wall or corner. If the power button flashes once no correction is added, twice shows it is compensating for being placed near a wall and three times if placed near a corner. APC only kicks in if the i-deck 200 has been disconnected from the mains as this leads it to assume it has been moved.
All of which suggests Monitor Audio should have created a superb sounding premium dock, and thankfully it has."
"Never has a dock been better value for money."
i-deck 100 Review featured on T3.com
"Designed with high-end style to accompany premium substance the i-deck 100 is an all-round aesthetically pleasing piece of kit, capable of acting as a shelving unit’s focal point rather than simply another slab of lifeless black plastic"
"In terms of audio quality it is hard to fault the i-deck. Whilst sounds are detailed and diverse at standard and lower volume settings, pushed to the higher end of the volume spectrum the Monitor Audio dock comes into its own with deep, rich, audio unaffected by the distortion and warping found in so many of its competitors."