[...]. Just so you know where the perspective of this review is coming from, I'm a 34 year old engineer who listens to a lot of music and appreciates well manufactured electronics. The docking cradle itself is actually very nice. It is made well and feels beefy enough to stand up to years of use. The iPod slips into the cradle very nicely and remains secure (60G Video Pod). Overall it's functionality is very good, but it is short on a few features which were important to the way we listen to music.Out of the box, just plug it in (hooked this one up to an A/V receiver and Plasma TV) and it's ready to go. The navigation is akin to the iPod, in fact, almost an exact replica. There is a bit of lag in scrolling around folders, but nothing too dramatic. The interface is intuitive and visually attractive. Seeing the menu on a large TV screen is a a nice change from the iPod's traditional navigation. Album artwork is displayed just as on your iPod. Resolution for video/pictures is not great, but equal to what you would see if connecting the iPod to the TV with the Apple A/V cable. Here's the real rub though... the remote is flimsy, slow to respond and requires consecutive attempts for each input (pressing very hard each attempt). In addition, the range of the remote is only about 4' to 5' feet, and unidirectional (only works when pointed directly at the base with the user directly in front of the base, no angles allowed). I'm not sure if it's just this unit or if all of these would have this issue, but you really have to press hard to get the thing to respond, usually multiple times. For us, this was the killer. Normally we're listening to music while we cook in our kitchen which is adjacent to the living room (about 10' to 15' from the iLuv receiver). If we can't use the remote at that short a distance, it just doesn't make sense. Even if the range were improved, the response of the remote is very frustrating and gives the impression that it will easily break. You can use the connectivity of the docking station without the remote by using the iPod scroll wheel on the iPod only (the TV input turns off at that point). But for [$], that sort of use makes it an overpriced generic docking station.The other ding against this, and it's a minor one I admit, is that you really have to have iPhoto in order to use the Slideshow feature. This isn't a huge deal and I know there are programs out there which allow you to put pictures into MP4 video format which can be viewed as a movie, but you don't have any of the slideshow control.Overall I'd have to pass on recommending this, but only due to the poor execution iLuv did with the remote. It truly ruined the experience for us. If that detail wouldn't bother you (or if you don't foresee needing to navigate or control the station remotely), by all means pick one of these up as nearly everything else about it is very well done. I'm actually disapointed because I really want to keep this for all of it's other good points.
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