Cygnett GrooveForce II
An iPod dock with a built-in FM tuner and a fully featured remote control.
- Built-in FM tuner, powerful remote, good separation
- Mid-range is cluttered and distorted, a decent amount of sibilance, bass lacks power
A decent but uninspiring iPod dock, the Cygnett GrooveForce II suffers a fair bit in the audio department but it is fine for casual listening and the FM tuner will be appealing to many.
Price$ 119.95 (AUD)
Taking an FM tuner and combining it with a relatively standard iPod dock, Cygnett’s latest music system, the GrooveForce II, is a fairly basic product. It does an adequate job of pumping out sound from your media player and has a pretty powerful remote control, but the audio quality is less than impressive so it won’t satisfy everyone.
The radio really is the standout feature here. As the iPod notably lacks any kind of tuner, dock users have typically been without this particular feature. The GrooveForce II’s implementation is pretty basic, with two tuner buttons and no ability to store presets. It received a fine signal in our tests and is a nifty feature, if not fully fleshed out.
Unfortunately, like the last Cygnett dock we tested, the audio is a source of disappointment. The biggest issue lies in the mid-range, which lacks proper control and is extremely gritty. In all of our rock and metal tests, passages of heavy guitar riffing sounded chunky, distorted and lacked detail. It made these genres difficult to listen to, particularly at high volumes.
We weren’t particularly happy with the bass either. It lacked punch and power, which left most songs sounding a little flat. We’d have liked it to extend more deeply and rumble a fair bit more; even in simple tunes with piano, bass guitar and drums the bass felt lacking.
There was also a fair amount of sibilance evident on cymbals and vocals which gave the sound a slightly harsh tone. That said, there was good separation across the full range of instruments and a pretty good soundstage.
The highs were also relatively good. While they weren’t as rich and lively as we would have liked, they were smooth and there wasn’t too much shrillness or harshness. We found easy listening tunes were probably best with this system, things like jazz or pop. Volume output is pretty good all up, although the higher the volume the more evident the above issues are.
We liked the fact that Cygnett is including a fully functional remote with its products now. Despite its diminutive design, the remote can not only control basic playback features but also navigate the iPod menu, which is a boon for the lazy. All the usual controls are present although there is no way to adjust bass or treble. The rear has an AC jack and an auxiliary input port for non Apple media players.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
- 5 LG V30+ Review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Sony a7R Mk III review: The strongest case yet for ditching your DSLR
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Oppo R11s: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FT.Net Developer - Syspro experience mandatoryOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - RetailOther
- TPProject Manager - Governance and L&DQLD
- FTManager - Technical OperationsQLD
- TPCyber Security SpecialistQLD
- FTProduct Manager - SDN Network ServicesACT
- CCTeam Assistant / EA - Telco ? 12 month contract - Nth Sydney - URGENT STARTNSW
- TPTest Analyst - AutomationQLD
- FTDBA / Database Administrator / Data Migration AnalystOther
- FTDevOps Engineer, Continuous Delivery, Cloud AutomationOther
- TPWeb Content Publisher (VPS4/5) - Government sectorVIC
- FTGraduate Project CoordinatorNSW
- FTSCCM ManagerACT
- FTScrum MasterNSW
- FTSAP HR Functional ConsultantOther
- FTPortfolio & Governance Senior AnalystVIC
- FTClient PrincipalACT
- CCJava Full stack developer - Telco domainVIC
- CCFront-End Developer (React)NSW
- FTCyber Security AnalystOther
- CCPython DeveloperVIC
- CCProject Manager-SCADANSW
- FTDesktop Support AnalystOther
- CCSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager - Wealth/BankingOther