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Eagle Arion ET-AR402IR-BK 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on July 24th, 2009

eaglearion-sbAn iPod is a great thing and the iPhone is even greater for many of us. The devices allow us to carry around huge music libraries without needing big catalogs of CDs. One of the most common accessories that iPod and iPhone owners add to their devices is a speaker dock. Today I am going to check out the Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer. Read on for the details.

Specifications

The Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer has a total of 20-watts of RMS power, the satellites each have 5-watts RMS, and the subwoofer has 10-watts RMS power. Total peak power for the dock is 40 watts. Frequency response is 30Hz to 20kHz, the satellite drivers are 3-inch units with solid wood enclosures, and the subwoofer is a 4-inch unit with the same solid wood enclosure.

In Use

The Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer measures 4.72″ x 11.02″ x 7.67″ and has a dock for all dockable iPod on the top. It has no 3.5mm auxiliary input so other players are left out. It does include a set of RCA inputs on the rear for connecting to other components and a USB port for connecting to a Mac or PC.

The bass and treble are individually adjustable and both those functions along with the volume are all controlled by the same silver knob. The case of the Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer is black in color and the design is attractive.

An IR remote is included to allow you to control your music from across the room. For testing I put my first generation iPhone into the dock and fired up my music. There are controls under the knob for volume that play and skip tracks. These buttons didn’t work with my iPhone. A friend came by with an iPod touch as well and the Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer will not work with the touch.

The iPod touch would charge, but the music will not play through the speakers of the dock. The Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer has good sound quality with impressive bass for a small system. Mid and high range sounds were crisp and the dock has more volume that you will want in 99.9% of situations. The IR remote would work my iPhone despite the inability for the top controls to operate my iPhone. The iPhone has to go into airplane mode since the Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer isn’t designed specifically for the iPhone. The Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer sells for about $80

Pros

  • Good bass
  • Remote
  • Multiple inputs

Cons

  • Top controls don’t work with iPhone
  • Doesn’t support iPod touch

Verdict

The Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer is a nice iPod dock for dockable iPods except the touch. The price is right and most iPod owners will find the Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer to be a very nice option when shopping for a speaker dock.

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