Sound Quality, Easy To Set Up, Fits Well, Stylish, Compatiblity With Zen, Lightweight, Charges Player Quickly, Includes Accessories, Portable And Powerful, Full Remote Control Funct
The Cambridge Soundworks Playdock Zen does exactly what it is intended to do. I just received my Playdock a few weeks ago, and have enjoyed it ever since. The Playdock works seamlessly with the Zen Vision M player (cool lights and all).It comes with various docking adapters for different Zen models that can easily be snapped into place. I suspect some persons who have mentioned that they are able to leave their thin jackets on their Zen Vision M players, when docked in the player, haven't noticed that the default adapter is for the slightly larger 60 GB model.And, as far as I know, it is true that ONLY the Zen Vision M 60 GB uses the built-in antennae. However, this is NOT the fault of the Playdock, but an oversight in the design of the Zen Vision M 30 GB (which was probably designed prior to the Playdock). Never the less, one of the included accessories, is an antenna wire which plugs into the headphone jack of the Zen Vision M 30 GB model, should you care to listen to the radio.Once I unpacked my Playdock (from a box which can be re-used safely for transit), switched to the 30 GB adapter, I was immediately able to use my Zen Vision M player (even though the battery in my Zen Vision M was fully discharged from the night before). In fact, that is another advantage of the Playdock, that it quickly charges the Zen Vision M while docked.The Remote Control has nearly all of the same functions that are available on the Zen Vision M (except for the assigned shortcut, right toggle and lower right key that the Zen Vision M offers). Thus, you may have to do a bit of menu searching for some functionality. Knowing this, you could also re-arrange your custom menu features on the Zen Vision M, in order to make this a moot point. Otherwise, the remote works very well from across the room and even when I had it accidentally pointed in the wrong direction!The sound quality is as good as any other portable iPOD systems that I have heard, and as far as I can tell, even stands up to the Bose Acoustic Wave machine that my Brother-in-Law uses. Yet, this Playdock can be found at prices close to [$] (half the price of other players). Those persons that have complained about sound, may again need to learn about original source sound quality, conversion methods and how best to use the Zen Vision M equalizer (which is also accessible from the Playdock remote).I conclusion, if you really want something that is NOT portable, but will fill a large room (and your neighbors room) with sound, consider the Creative X-Fi Sound Systems (i.e. Z600 for Zen Vision:M). Otherwise, this is just the ticket for those who want a high quality portable sound system for their Zen products.
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