DK-A10HBK – music docking

Nowadays, an audio set without an MP3 decoder and support for portable music players loses in the eyes of customers. The DK-A10HBK manufactured by Sharp does not suffer from these problems.

Today, music is listened to in two ways – at home and outside the home. Historically, the device used for the former was the audio set, while the walkman was used for the latter. Hi-fi sets have remained on the shelves, but the walkman’s place has been replaced by the iPod, especially in foreign markets. So it is time to change the audio set as well. Does the DK-A10HBK with iPod docking stand up to its role?

Almost like in a car

In the box you will find the audio set, an antenna for short and ultra short wave, a power cable, a remote control and eight adapters for other iPod models. There’s also a user manual.

After taking the device out of the box, an original-looking audio set appears before our eyes. The device is somewhat reminiscent of car audio systems, with a shape reminiscent of the infinity sign. The whole set measures 500 by 150 by 250 and weighs 5.3 kg. A10HBK has two front and two side subwoofer speakers with blue backlighting. The latter looks really impressive, once again reminiscent of the styling of solutions known from car kits.

On the front panel, at the very top, we can find an iPod socket, On/Off button and Snooze button, which turns off the blue backlighting. The panel below hides the buttons changing further functions: Tuner, AUX, CD Alarm and iPod – the latter establishing a connection to the iPod mounted in the dock. Other buttons do not deviate from the standards either (the panel supporting music tracks), volume change, etc. An additional element here is the E-Sound button. We will return to its description.

On the back of the A10HBK, we can find FM, AM and GND antenna jacks, daylight saving time switch, VIDEO OUT, AUX IN, headphone jack and power cable jack. However, there is no USB connector.

Enough theory – it’s time to turn the device on.

The iPod is playing

When you turn on the device, the iPod slot opens. Turning the device off closes the slot – some people will probably find this annoying. After finding a suitable adapter you place your iPod into the station. You can use the remote control to change tracks but there is no way to return to the main iPod menu – it creates some inconvenience. After connecting the iPod, the Apple player starts charging automatically. We can switch from listening to the iPod to CD or radio at any time. The RDS FM tuner can store 40 stations.

Music quality

The unit has integrated 2-way speakers (woofer/tweeter). We are talking about a power output of 10 W (5 5)W in the front, 12 W (6 6)W (subwoofer) according to DIN 45 324 standards. The carrier power is indeed good. At a volume level of 15, the unit fills a medium-sized living room with sound without much difficulty. The sound is clear, while the bass can only really be heard when you turn on the E-Sound option, which expands the sound capabilities of the device.

The appearance of the equalizer is also not surprising. The equalizer includes Rock, Vocal, Pop, Jazz and Classics standards – the classics of all “towers”. The quality of music played from iPod/MP3 format does not raise any objections – good codecs are used, there are no problems with compression or noise. There are no positive surprises either – it’s just a good, desktop digital music player.

For the Blacksmith

The term “standard” fits here perfectly. DK-A10HBK does not surprise us with anything unusual (apart from interesting appearance), offering standard solutions, well known from this segment of electronics. Is it bad? Certainly not. Everything depends on the consumer – on what he or she expects. This is certainly not a device for audiophiles, but it does not pretend to be one. I showed the player to several people in the editorial office; some were delighted, others did not want to look at the A10HBK. As in the case of many products of modern consumer electronics – everything remains a matter of taste.

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