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So no alarm clock?

Posted by akatsuki on October 2, 2006 at 3:03 PM (PDT) Comment 1

Good review Mr. Horwitz. I do like the looks of it a bit better without the speaker covers. About the only thing I do not like is the Logitech logo emblazoned on the remote, and front and back on the unit. Why couldn't they have simply had it show in the display on startup and shutdown? Oh well, I abhor most logos to begin with...

I will be taking a look at this unit for a possible purchase.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on October 3, 2006 at 8:07 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Does anyone know if this can be used with Apple's AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes?

Posted by crucifiedenvy on October 3, 2006 at 3:53 PM (PDT) Comment 3

The benefits of sitting back and studying everyone else's faults...

I suppose it's not really a surprise that it would be Logitech who would build a better mousetrap. Bad pun I know, but the message is what counts. They've justly deserved all my mouse business (sorry Mighty Mouse), and I've yet to be put off by any of their other computer and gaming peripherals I've bought and had the enjoyment of using.

Too bad (for Logitech) that I'm so enamored with my Klipsch iFi set; if I were to consider a unibox solution, it sounds like the AudioStation would be the one to fixate on, particularly with all the added features that the iFi never intended to have. And NO lowercase 'i' anywhere to be seen; that alone is enough to cheer.

Posted by flatline response on October 11, 2006 at 12:26 AM (PDT) Comment 4

Regarding alarm clocks - it does have alarms, and lots of them... *if* your iPod is connected. Dock your iPod and set your iPod's alarm (each clock can have its own alarm). The alarms can be set to play music. Of course there is no buzzer, but I suppose you could record the sound of your real alarm cluck buzzing for 10 minutes and put that on your iPod. smile

Posted by sjonke on October 11, 2006 at 11:48 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I just purchased the Audiostation, and man, it's exactly as reviewed. GREAT balanced sound,( they claim the frequency goes down to an unbelieveable 35hz!) blows away stinky Bose, and the look of it is MUCH nicer in person. The backlight looks cool against the all-black chassis. I have searched and searched and patiently waited for something like this. I've tried them all....this is the best.

Posted by gabbahey on October 23, 2006 at 8:57 PM (PDT) Comment 6

Hi,

Does anyone know whether there would be a problem if my iPod has a skin?
I am using the new 80GB iPod with Marware skin. It is relatively slim. I tried it on the iPod Hifi and it was fine. I am used to pulling the skin up a little bit to recover the connector.

If somebody has experience with that, would be much appreciated.

thanks.

Posted by kuck on October 25, 2006 at 4:07 PM (PDT) Comment 7

I agree with all that was said about the overall sound quality that the Audiostation produces, but I am complelled to share a likely rare but startling event. I purchased one yesterday and it simply "exploded" when I plugged it into the wall....smoke billowing from the top grille enclosure. I immediately returned to Best Buy to exchage and the new one works exceptionally well. It does sound superior to the IM7, Sound dock and I dare say even the Apple hi-fi. I wanted to see if my experience with the first one was a freak coincidence or if this has happened to anyone else?
-Phillip

Posted by pkirschberg on November 1, 2006 at 10:54 AM (PDT) Comment 8

ps.
Your 80GB ipod w/ Marware skin should work fine with the Audiostation.

Posted by pkirschberg on November 1, 2006 at 10:56 AM (PDT) Comment 9

anyone know whether the AudioStation is compatible with European electric voltage (i.e.: using a plug adaptor vs. using a converter)?

Posted by seagaucho on November 4, 2006 at 3:27 PM (PDT) Comment 10

The audiostation does not come with a euro-plug adapter so I am afraid that I do not know the answer to that question. It does have a pretty large AC/DC switching power supply adapter. My guess is that a plug adapter would work.....but just a guess.

Posted by pkirschberg on November 7, 2006 at 5:16 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I'm living in Europe and wondering about the voltage issue also. I've checked the Logitech site for contact e-mails (none, just phone numbers) and also tried to download the manuals in pdf (wouldn't download). The specs on this page ( http://lowendmac.com/newsrev/06/0825.html - near the bottom) mention an "International voltage AC power adapter (100-240 V)" for the Logitech AudioStation Express but NOT the bigger AudioStaion reviewed here.

A review of the AudioStation here ( http://www.thetechzone.com/?m=show&id=637&page=2 ) says "One thing that surprised us is the size of the AC/DC switching power adapter used to power the AudioStation - it's bloody huge!" The accompanying pic does show a very big power cable. Not sure if that means anything though.

Posted by Flashman on November 13, 2006 at 3:27 PM (PDT) Comment 12

Will this be available in white anytime soon??

Thanks

Posted by jmkueter on November 17, 2006 at 1:05 PM (PDT) Comment 13

It looks like it could be wall mounted, but there is no mention of it? Is this possible?

Posted by Mike S. on November 21, 2006 at 7:19 AM (PDT) Comment 14

After receiving my much anticpated Logitech AudioStation today, I was horrified when the soft-touch volume button kept turning the volume down to the point where it was completely off. Even after setting the volume to the desired level, once I tried to lower it slightly using the other volume button, once again the sound turned completely down until it was off and would not come on again. Perhaps I just got a lemon but want to know if anyone else has experienced this problem. Also, looking forward to a musical experience fit for a true audiophile - which by the way, I'm not really - I was disturbed to hear a great deal of fuzz and distortion in the few songs I did manage to test before the volume problem drove me to pack up the entire elaborate setup (by the way, this takes up a LOT of space, and the attached cord, power brick and additional power cord were clunky at worst, unsightly at best). I should have gone with the Klipsch or Bose but iLounge rated this unit best in class. Very disappointed. I bought the product from apple.com: not a disreputable vendor. My advice is stay away.

Posted by cwerbler on December 4, 2006 at 7:49 PM (PDT) Comment 15

Though we can't speak to the reliability of every unit coming off Logitech's assembly lines, and it's entirely possible that there were some bad units or a bad batch, we've had no problems with our AudioStation. You shouldn't hear a great deal of fuzz and distortion on a working unit - at least, if you're using properly encoded music files - and anyone looking for a "true audiophile" experience will be far better off with this than with the Klipsch or Bose all-in-one offerings.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on December 4, 2006 at 8:39 PM (PDT) Comment 16

Does anyone know if it's possible to synchronize an iPod and a PC using this station as a docking station (like it's possible with the JBL On Time) ?

Posted by tras on December 13, 2006 at 6:44 AM (PDT) Comment 17

Follow-up to comment #12:

I contacted Logitech customer service regarding the voltage issue. The unit is NOT 220v capable out of the box when ordered from the USA for use in Europe. A voltage converter is needed.

At $300, this unit should be 220/110 capable.

Posted by Flashman on December 14, 2006 at 3:08 PM (PDT) Comment 18

Just wanted to warn people about buying this unit at BestBuy. Apparently there is a bad batch that went to BestBuy, and I unfortunately am the recipient of one. As cwerbler indicated, when pushing the volume up button, the volume goes down, is one of the problems. Also, when we play on shuffle, it shuffles for a few songs, then gets stuck on one artist. For $300, you would think these things would have better quality control. Now, I have a project on my hands to find out how to fix this problem or get a replacement. Shame on Logitec!! Beware of buying this at BestBuy!

Posted by bostonpies on December 17, 2006 at 10:48 AM (PDT) Comment 19

An update:

Logitech has fixed the 'bad-batch' problems in their newer units, but after paying (no toll-free number) to be on hold with product support (about 20 minutes on my dime) they offered to send me another one in 10 business days. Thanks, thats great around the holidays (read sarcasm).... But first, I have to re-package up the damaged unit and wait for DHL to come pick it up. This was a compromise for Logitech, at first they wanted ME to pay for shipping their damaged product back and I had to argue the point. AAARRGGHH! I am so mad!

Posted by bostonpies on December 18, 2006 at 7:53 AM (PDT) Comment 20

I am the recipient of not one, but two defective units - both purchased thru Amazon. The first one made awful popping/static discharge noises before it just died; the second one's volume button didn't work. I must be a glutton for punishment, because I just ordered a replacement - at least Amazon is good about that. Logitech Support, on the other hand, has been spotty - sometimes fast, sometimes dreadfully slow. Maybe they're too busy fielding tech support questions about this shoddy product. Third time's a charm, or three strikes and you're out? I'm not holding my breath, but I do have my fingers crossed...

Posted by budzilla on December 18, 2006 at 10:15 PM (PDT) Comment 21

I'm also 0/2 on this unit through Amazon. On both units the touchscreens malfunctioned. Amazon makes it easy and has paid shipping to return both units. I received the second one in four days, but after it failed they sent me this email:

"As it seems that the problem with this item is more widespread than we originally thought, we are not able to send another replacement. We will investigate and remedy the situation with the item; however, I cannot guarantee when the error may be fixed. I would request you to please return the item we will refund you in full for the return of this item including the return shipping costs."

Maybe this has something to do with their further discount of this system to $250?

As an aside, this thing sounds great. I wonder if anyone has gotten it to work though.

Posted by jfizzle on December 28, 2006 at 9:27 PM (PDT) Comment 22

I have the same question as Tras . . . "Does anyone know if it's possible to synchronize an iPod and a PC using this station as a docking station"? Thanks all, and Happy New Year!

Posted by snohflake on December 31, 2006 at 9:04 AM (PDT) Comment 23

I just got one of these and I have a few questions for anyone who can help.

1. I am using it with an Ipod nano and I have to take off the skin to get it into the docking station. Is there a skin that I can get that would not need to be removed.

2. How exactly do you take out the dock adapters? If I want to use it with a different type of ipod, i'll need to replace it with a different adapter, but I can't figure out how to get out the dock adaptor short of prying it off with a screwdriver (I haven't tried this yet).

3. Is there a way that I can use the remote to switch between playlists on the ipod?

Thanks.

Posted by elmanx on December 31, 2006 at 8:10 PM (PDT) Comment 24

Having now had two defective units now(volume control issue), I too am frustrated. But since the Audiostation meets my needs exactly, I'd like to hold out for one that works. The defective units both came from Best Buy. I'm ordering from Logitech directly this time. Since they've supposedly corrected the problem, I figure my odds should be better that this unit will be OK. I do think it's interesting that there has been no response to the reports of problems from the moderator on Logitech's discussion board...

Posted by mdschlanger on January 1, 2007 at 12:43 PM (PDT) Comment 25
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