Sony SRS-GD50iP 2.1 PC Speaker System - Have Dock, Will Travel

The Sony SRS-GD50iP PC Speaker System

The Sony SRS-GD50iP PC Speaker System

Sony is adamant that the SRS-GD50iP isn't just any ordinary dock for the iPod or iPhone. Instead, the SRS-GD50iP is, first and foremost, a proper 2.1 PC speaker system. So like any other 2.1 speaker system, the SRS-GD50iP has two satellite speakers complemented by a subwoofer unit. However, this PC speaker system is unusual in that it also has a dock for your Apple device.

It's no surprise that the integrated iPod dock is easily the most distinguishing feature of the SRS-GD50iP. Crucially, the dock is compatible with all iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone devices. It even worked with our 6 year-old fourth-generation iPod. Plugging an Apple device into the dock immediately begins charging it, and if you want the speakers to play from the device, simply press the large “Input" button to alternate between audio sources - there are PC, iPod and Line-in options. You can also sync your Apple device with your PC simply by flicking the “Sync” switch. The device won't sync if the “Sync” switch is not activated.

All in all, the dock works well, and we have no complaints about it. In particular, we thought that the inclusion of the "Sync" switch is a nice touch, as it prevents people from accidentally syncing their Apple devices.

Clearly, looks is not one of the speakers' strong points.

This is where all the magic happens. The satellites and subwoofer is connected to this wired controller which in turn connects to your PC via USB. You can also dock on your iPod/iPhone here.

At the bottom, you'll find a buttons that'll allow you to quickly adjust bass levels, and switch source. There's also a 3.5mm headphones jack in the lower corner.

The wired controller acts as the central hub as all speakers connect to it. This is a bit frustrating as you'd find wires cluttering up the desk.

Each satellite speaker features a 50mm mid-range driver and has a rated output power of 10W.

While the speakers look boring on a whole, Sony does attempt to spice things up a little by having this rather cool ring of orange light acting as a volume gauge.


The Good
Integrated iPod/iPhone Dock
Above average audio performance
The Bad
Dull, uninspired looks
Wires easily clutter up desks

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