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Denon ASD-IR review

Looking to get your iPod and home stereo singing from the same hymn sheet? This sensibly priced Denon will make a fine conductor

Like a particularly harrowing scene from the Big Cat Diary, Denon’s ASD-IR – so long the alpha male of the iPod dock pride – finds itself under vicious attack from younger, fiercer specimens like the Onkyo DS-A2.

Fighting for pride

Luckily, it’s still got the moves to, if not remain king of the jungle, at least survive the onslaught. The ASD-IR is still as easy as ever to connect to your stereo and comes replete with an S-Video out for hooking up to your TV.

It also supports all iPods with a dock connector (apart from third generation players, which need to be hooked up via Apple’s Universal Dock Adaptor) and, like all well-trained docks, charges your iPod while you listen.

Things get even better if you’re connecting to a Denon stereo because you can then use your existing remote to control your iPod, which is handy for the sofa-bound.

Control issues

At the same time, one of the major downsides of this dock is without a Denon hi-fi you don’t have a remote, which could drastically reduce its allure for many.

Either way, the ASD-IR delivers sonically, with a good midrange and plenty of space and separation to let your music breathe.

It’s by no means top of the tree – the more expensive Arcam rDock and Marantz IS201 both outperform it – but if you want a dedicated iPod dock to go with your Denon kit, the ASD-1R is a top choice.

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Score: 4/5