iPhone 5 Speaker Review: iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Full sized speakers, excellent audio quality and powerful bass, charges iPhone 5 while playing music.
What's Not: Audio via AUX-in isn't as good as via the Lightning port.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
For the iPhone 5 users, accessories with Lightning port support have been slow coming. The iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker with Lightning support is without doubt worth the wait. The Aud 5 comes with hi-def speakers and passive radiator that transmit full digital audio via iPhone 5's Lightning port. The Lightning dock not only can hold your iPhone 5 while playing music it can also charge the phone. The Aud 5 looks modern and should fit in most environments including homes, offices and dorms.
The iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 has an imposing body that dwarfs most portable speakers and alarm docks for mobile devices. The large form allows large sized drivers that produce loud and full audio, and passive radiator for more bass power. The forward firing speakers dominate the front of the Aud 5 under fabric mesh. The Lightning docking stand is swivel-able that makes it easier to plug the iPhone 5 in and take it out, also if you use case with your phone, the stand can accommodate the case as well thanks to the swiveling connector. The sides and top of the Aud 5 has shiny piano black surface while the bulged back have brushed surface for better grip when you handle the speaker.
The iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 offers control buttons for music playback when working with an iPhone 5 via the Lightning dock, and these buttons live on the top of the speaker for easy access. You'll find the power button and play/pause button toward the left side and the volume and track forward/backward rockers toward the right. A large LED ring lives in the center in between the buttons and the soft white light turns on when you turn on the speaker, and blinks when you use any of the control buttons.
The iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 needs power to operate and comes with a beefy AC adapter. The charging port lives on the back near the bottom of the speaker and the standard 3.5mm auxiliary audio input port lives next to the charging port.
The iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock has amazingly full audio when you use the Lightning docking connector with the iPhone 5. The speaker auto-adjusts the volume when you plug your iPhone 5 in and auto-plays the song that was last played. The Aud 5 handled all genres of music well in our tests that included rock/folk, techno, metal, symphony and instrumental, and presented full dynamic range with powerful acoustic. Clarity and balance are also excellent. In our tests, the music tracks had clear separation, no muddying, blurring or favoring certain audio range. The bass feels powerful but not overwhelming. In general the audio tracks sounded balance in lieu of accentuating bass or vocal.
The iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 also offers an additional audio input in case you occasional need a speaker for other mobile devices or a laptops. The AUX-in port works with any 3.5mm output device, unfortunately, audio quality drops when you use this input. Volume isn't as loud as using the Lightning connector and loses some of the full dynamic range also, though it's by no means bad either. You do lose the button controls on the speaker when you use the 3.5mm to play audio and you'll need to use your device to control the volume and switch tracks.
Clean and curvy, the iLuv Aud 5 High-Fidelity Speaker and Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 has a modern looking design and weighs 3 lbs. It works with the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch 5th gen and the iPod nano 7th gen with Lightning port, and any device with 3.5mm output port. The speaker dock has one of the best audio presentations we've heard on a portable speaker and very loud volume. It shines playing any genre of music, movies and games and it's super easy to use. If you're shopping for school dorm room, the Aud 5 can give you clear audio for lecture playback and loud volume for a house party.