Still portable and still loud, the iK501 still features the outrageous, square-shaped reflex subwoofer on the back of the unit, along with a pair of five-inch woofers and silk-dome tweeters. It’s all juiced by a powerful internal amplifier with digital signal processing for the richest, best-sounding docking system available.
Dig deeper into DSP with the thin infrared remote, fully featured to fine-tune the iPod or iPhone’s music and video content. It helps to navigate with ease through the iK501 system menu, adjusting bass, treble, and aux-in options, as well as through the iPod or iPhone’s menus and sub-menus. Skip forward and back, fast-forward and back, play and pause, volume, mute, and power on/off selections have their own buttons too.
The rotary knob manually serves as the power and selection push button, and controller for bass, treble, auxiliary-input options, or standby mode. Standby will continue to charge the iPod or iPhone even when the system is powered down. In the dark, the knob is back-lit in blue and the display LCD screen continues to steer the user easily through the menu.
A minijack input allows a hookup for stereo sound from alternate media, including other MP3 or compact-disc players, desktop and laptop computers, or satellite radio. RCA stereo outputs allow for even more alternative audio hookup. A two-foot auxiliary cable, integrated carrying handle, AC power cord and 22-volt power supply add up to complete a convenient and enjoyable entertainment experience.
iKick501 Earns 'Editor's Choice' Award
I was not disappointed when it came to the sound and performance of the device. I first started with the axillary in, and connected a portable CD player. WOW! It sounded great, and worked great. I pulled out my iPod and connected it. I immediately saw that it had started to charge my iPod.
Now that it is time to really test the sound, I thought I would first start with some Steve Miller Band: Swingtown. It had nice tight kick drum beats, and the bass guitar had good extension. Vocals were natural and quite smooth sounding. The cymbals were also sufficiently crisp.
Next I wanted to test some real bass with the passive radiator subwoofer. Justin Timberlake: Sexyback did just that. And WOW! The guys at Kicker did a great job designing the iK501! They must have gotten the airspace inside just right, because the passive radiator sure did not sound passive. Bass beats were clean, with a lot of authority. I could actually feel the vibration in my desk and in the floor under my feet! This thing rocks!!
And just incase you aren't really into rockin' out, I then turned to Mannheim Steamroller's Fresh Aire V: Earthrise/Return. I liked the smooth strings, crisp percussion, and overall nice harmonics. There was good resolution in all the instruments. And what surprised me was the soundstage! The iK501 actually provided a nice deep soundstage with good imaging as well.
I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of the Kicker iK501. With so many choices of iPod docks, you never know how the device will perform or how good it will sound. With a brand like Kicker, you know they put out products that meet the expectations of their brand. The Kicker iK501 iPhone/Ipod Dock performed well and sounded amazing for an iPod dock. It doesn't get much better then the iK501.
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iKick501 Earns 'Awesome Hardware' Award
KICKER Performance Audio designed the iKick501 Docking System for iPod and iPhone to be the loudest and best sounding dock out there, and because of that, among many other features, the iKICK received the 'Awesome Hardware' award from TechwareLabs.com. "While many think of Bose for ultimate sound quality, beware, KICKER is making a name for itself, and kicking the competition to the floor," Dan Shannon of TechwareLabs.com said. The critically acclaimed iKick501 with legendary bass response, smooth midrange and extended top-end frequencies features a 6-inch square reflex subwoofer on the back of the unit, along with a pair of five-inch woofers and silk-dome tweeters. It's all juiced by a powerful internal amplifier with digital signal processing for the richest, most robust sound available.
"No matter what I played, the iK501 took the music in and played it beautifully," Shannon said. "This unit could handle much of anything that you could throw at it." An auxiliary input with a connecting cord allows a hookup for stereo sound from alternate media, including other MP3 or compact-disc players, desktop and laptop computers, or satellite radio. RCA stereo outputs allow for even more alternative audio hookup. There is also an optional power adapter (sold separately) that allows the listener to draw juice from the power port in a car.
Read the rest of the review at TechwareLabs.com.
|Woofer (in., cm)||5, 12.7|
|Tweeter (in., cm)||3/4, 2.0|
|Tweeter Design||Silk Dome|
|Passive Radiator (in., cm)||6x6, 15x15|
|RMS Power (watts)||2x20|
|Effective Frequency Range (Hz)||50-20k|
|Power Supply (volts, ampere)||22, 2.7|
|Height (in., cm)||8.5, 21.6|
|Width (in., cm)||19.2, 48.8|
|Depth (in., cm)||8.4, 21.4|
|Weight (lb., kg)||9.2, 4.2|
Patent-pending, 6-inch square reflex subwoofer delivers a dynamic bass response with the kind of intensity you’ve come to expect from KICKER.
5" woofers and 3/4" tweeters fill your room with premium full-range sound quality.
Credit-card size remote allows easy control of the system and complete navigation through your iPod's menu.
The rotary knob serves as the selection button and controller for volume, bass, treble, aux-in, or standby mode.
The 1/8” auxiliary stereo input allows you to connect additional media sources for richer, louder sound.
RCA stereo outputs allow for even more audio hookup. Video output allows you to pass video from your iPod to a TV.
The dock works all iPod models, including the iPod touch and any featuring a click wheel. It is also "Works with iPhone" certified.
Convenient carry handle maximizes portability.