Edifier Luna 5 encore iF500 ipod dock

Luna 5 iPod dock houses a subwoofer, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers, delivering great audio.

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Edifier Luna 5 encore iF500
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.50 / 5 (of 1 Review)

Pros

  • Great audio quality no matter the genre of music, works with range of MP3 devices and CD players

Cons

  • Unusual design may not have wide appeal, remote control layout is not intuitive

Bottom Line

Luna 5 iPod dock houses a subwoofer, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers, delivering good quality audio at a great price.

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The Edifier Luna 5 encore iF500 is an iPod dock that gets its name due to its space-age design. With its giant sphere-like shape, this docking station would fit right in as a prop in 2001: A Space Odyssey, perhaps as HAL’s mistress, or maybe even his mother.

Edifier claims that the Luna 5 is a "statement of design excellence" and an "elegant all-in-one audio system offering uncompromised audio quality". Design wise, it might appeal to a niche market of people who want strange, and unusually shaped ornaments in their abode, and it should also be noted that when you put it under your shirt, it looks like a very unconvincing pregnancy (see fig. 1)

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Fig.1: The fake pregnancy. (Ed – That’s really not convincing me)

The Luna 5 is basically a sphere that houses five speakers (a subwoofer, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers). At the base of the sphere lies the iPod dock, which is compatible with a plethora of iPod’s, from the iPod Mini to the iPhone. On both sides of the glossy piano black dock there are touch sensitive controls which illuminate when the device it switched on. A large remote control is included with the Encore 5 and it mirrors the functions that are on the unit itself, but it also includes bass and treble controls. In our tests, we found the remote was not intuitive to use; the iPod navigation buttons are located way above the central OK, skip and play/pause buttons. We kept pressing pause thinking we were pressing the down button.

Initially, we thought that having five speakers placed so close together would ruin the overall audio quality, but the Luna 5 surprised us. Rather than drown each other out, the speakers work quite well together and give a great stereo sound.

The mid-range speakers do a good job of delivering tones in between the bass and treble, while the 5.7in sub woofer works well with any genre of music (pop, rock, opera, classical, electronic and techno tunes were used in out tests), supplying clear and deep tones; the bass doesn’t drown out the two 1-inch tweeters, which are responsible for producing clear high frequencies.

As previously mentioned, the Luna 5 docks with a multitude of Apple media players; thankfully, the device isn’t restricted to Apple alone. An auxiliary port at the front of the unit allows for the connection of any other type of MP3 device or CD player.

Built in to the Luna 5 is an FM radio, but in our tests, its reception was not good at all. You'll be lucky if you can tune clearly into your favourite stations. For the most part, the Edifier Luna 5 if500 should be used to listen to your own music, and it will do a great job of that.

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OzNick

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I just bought two of these at Domain on sale for just $199.00 each!!! Two people are going to be very happy this Christmas :)

After getting them home I unpacked one and gave it a run. VERY impressive! I have a BOSE soundock portable at the moment and while the sound quality is not quite up to that standard, it’s very close and may get better once the drivers are bedded in properly. You can adjust the level of the sub-bass and treble via the remote so if you like your music a bit hyped that option is available to you. I left the settings on 0 as the unit is new and I didn’t want to over extend it before the drivers were properly bedded in.

The radio was easy to program with no problems at all with the signal quality and the remote control works perfectly. The only issue I had was navigating my Albums using the remote but that’s probably more my fault due to the way I have them set up rather than any fault with the Lunar 5.

Overall I would rate this unit 9/10. It has very good sound quality with more than acceptable volume. The radio works perfectly and the remote is easy to use and well set out. The bonus is that it also looks like no other iPod dock on the market and is well built and nicely finished.

I get the feeling that Edifer is going to become quite a well know name if this effort is anything to go by.

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matt_hill_1996

4.5

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Pros
sound, mp3 support
Cons
ipod dock
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I have owned a Luna 5 for over a year now and they are still working almost perfectly! When I got them, the set up was very easy, very cheap only £150 and sound that rivals our Bose Sound dock II which was twice as much! The radio signal is good, but the best part of the speakers in my case is the aux in cable that fits anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack. About 5 months ago though the plastic on the iPod housing split, but that is not a problem thanks to the 3.5mm jack. I have used theses speakers nearly everyday for the last year and a bit and they work well with all genres, even works with videos etc. on my laptop. Very very good speakers with easy to adjust sub-woofers and treble.

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