If you’ve ever tried to watch Netflix on your iPad you know that the built-in speakers aren’t up to the task.
The Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating Docking System amps up the iPad’s audio output while offering several other clever features. The first time you dock the iPad it will offer to take you to the App Store to download the Acoustic Research Dock Plus app. The app serves as an interface to the docking system’s FM radio receiver and also makes use of the iPad’s large display with a large alarm clock, audio equalizer, and iTunes music player.
The docking system also comes with a remote control so you can pause, control volume, change tracks and (though I still haven’t figured out why you’d want to do this) mechanically rotate the docked iPad between landscape and portrait orientations.
I left it in landscape mode and went back to test a few streaming Netflix movies. Finally I was able to enjoy full-spectrum stereo sound!
I should note that in spite of its size this is not a high-volume, room-filling speaker system. It’s more than enough for watching videos, where you’d naturally be closer to system to see the video on the iPad’s 10″ screen. It provides decent background music. But audiophiles are not going to be satisfied cranking the volume and expecting balanced sound to hit them across the room.
As with many docking stations one drawback to the ARS35i is that you can’t mount an iPad while it’s in any sort of protective case. This might be an issue if your case is hard to remove.
The ARS35i is also compatible with iPhones and iPods, allowing those devices to charge while playing music you can direct with its remote control. It would be a fabulous gift for the iPad lover in your life.
Buy the Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating Docking System for iPod, iPhone and iPad for $129.99 at Amazon, at Lowes or directly from Acoustic Research.