As docks go, the i-deck 200 is set to stay as the premier compact sound system for music lovers. Concentrating all the fidelity of Monitor Audio's award-winning audio engineering within a supremely intuitive design, the i-deck 200 delivers the power to party and sublime convenience all-in-one. Endowed with the accurate wide-band sound of much larger traditional HiFi systems, yet with all the virtues of the dock system genre, the i-deck 200 establishes a new standard of performance for compact systems, breath taking in its scale and quality. Dual 100mm C-CAM bass drivers individually powered by custom-configured 50W amplifiers and a brace of 25mm Gold dome tweeters, driven by precision-tailored 20W power amps will move the air like no other compact. You can rely on its innovative processing brain to generate the cleanest frequencies in any room from a purely digital iPod source. If you're seeking the last word in musical expression from a dock design, the i-deck 200 will spell it out.
|Frequency Response||60Hz – 30kHz|
|Maximum S.P.L (dBA)||104 dBA|
|Power Output||Bass 2 x 50 watts
Tweeter 2 x 20 watts
|Driver complement||2 x 100mm (4") C-CAM metal cone bass driver
2 x 25mm (1") Gold C-CAM metal dome tweeter
|System Configuration||2 way ported|
|Auxiliary input impedance/sensitivity||10K Ohms/300mV|
|Signal to Noise SNR||94dB|
|A.C input Voltage||100-240v (auto range)|
|Amplifier category||Class D|
|Power consumption||<0.33 watts (standby)
150 watts maximum
|Weight||2 4.54 Kgs (10 lbs)|
|External Dimensions (w x d x h)||545 x 210 x 250mm
(217/16 x 81/4 x 913/16 Inches)
Monitor Audio's engineers have developed a secret weapon for the i-deck called Automatic Position Correction. An integrated microphone measures irregularities caused by non-ideal room positions and uses a sophisticated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to automatically adjust the i-deck to deliver the ideal sound - this is achieved automatically each time you turn on the system at the mains.
Because positioning of a speaker is so important in determining the sound that you hear, we have integrated a Digital Signal Processor into the i-decks which automatically adjusts the output based on the environment in which the i-deck has been placed. This intuitive process takes place automatically each time you power up the i-deck at the mains so you always hear the best possible sound, no matter what space restrictions you are working with.
In order to liberate all of the music on your iPod/iPhone, i-deck takes the digital stream from your iPod/iPhone to its own high quality 28/56 bit dual precision Digital-Analoge converter (DAC). By keeping data in the digital domain until the last seconds of processing, our engineers have succeeded in preserving the essence of the original digital master.
The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminium/magnesium alloy, gold anodised to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modelling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats.
The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium is a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture, aluminium/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy cone is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50 microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating ceramic material.
Conventional cones are liable to flex or twist in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM cones have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much greater fidelity over their entire operating range. C-CAM tweeters and woofers share an audible consistency producing a smooth transition of frequencies and a sense of realism and cohesion in the soundstage.
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."
30 January 2013 Stewart Homer
Received my i-deck 200 yesterday and I am very very pleased with it the build and sound quality is second to none. I already own a BX5 surround set up and I know the quality of monitor audio products, this delivers a 5 star sound and build how anyone can say that this is not a quality product does not know what they are talking about. If I could rate the i-deck 10 out of 10 I would especially at the reduced price. Thank you Monitor Audio for yet another hi fi kit anyone looking for an iPod dock in the sud £400 range look no further than the i-deck 200. Whatever type of music you throw at it the i-deck handles it with aplomb. You can buy with confidence from an acclaimed British hi fi manufacturer.
08 December 2012 Jack DUGGAN
Amazing bit of kit but unfortunately for anyone thinking of buying one from richer sounds I picked the last one up from there entire stock ex display model and I only paid 100 pound can't believe my luck...but my advice if your looking to unleash your iPod or iPhones full potential then you need to find and purchase a I-deck 200 rich in sound and looks!
03 December 2012 Robert Hart
I bought one of these from Richer Sounds in November 2012 - at an incredibly good price of £130 - it sounds great from my iPod (or my iPad 3) and even my iPhone 5 with 30 pin adapter - to get the best out of it you need to have your tunes encoded Apple Lossless (MP3 or AAC are noticeably duller sounding - I guess the DAC is doing its job).
15 November 2012 Denis Horace
What a great listening experience it has been. I deck 200 is very articulate with overwhelming layers of sound on offer. It will uncover every instrument in a track which will unleash sound, which individual were not aware, existed on a track. This might even tempt others to, have re-listened to their old albums collection. Oh bass!!! The bass have texture; detailing individual cords in track which will display the hard work of any talented bassist. The midrange gives an edge to the snare drums; moreover it will uplift vocals and guitar to a new dimension. I will not use the word “perfect” though because; somehow the stereo separation was not as open to match that of dedicated pair of speaker. However in its defence, I deck 200 is an iPod dock speaker, but I guarantee it will outshine some awarded mini system in the high fidelity department. Perhaps this justifies its price tag.
06 October 2012 David Richardson
Just picked this up at Richer Sounds. Bargain of the year. No frills but all you have to do is listen. The clarity really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Listened to all the opposition up to £500 and nothing compares.
15 August 2012 garry whyte
This is pure quality from the build to the sound.I listend to quite a few different docks from £100-£500 and this was head and shoulders above them all. The music sounds so clear and defined,the base pure, treble sharp and vocals clear. For the money its a no brainer.
24 February 2012 David Berry
The i-deck 200 screams quality the moment you unwrap it and it just keeps on giving when you dock an ipod or iphone. The highs are crystal, the lows are well defined and controlled and the sense of scale for an ipod dock is unimaginable! A steal at the current £250 asking price. Great item Monitor Audio! Hugely recommended!
11 January 2012 Mike Redding
Love it, best system for the price!
14 October 2011 Musicraft (Derby)
With its superlative looks and performance the i-deck 200 is worth every penny over the already superb i-deck 100. Quality has to be paid for nevertheless the i-deck 200 is still an absolute bargain. Simple.