Sharp DK-AP8 docking system adds the right touch
By Jeff Salton
September 8, 2009
Sharp has designed its new iPod docking system to match the look and feel of an iPod or iPhone. Finished in glossy piano black, the DK-AP8 has a removable touch panel that controls the system button-free via infrared. Something a little different, the Sharp unit has various ports including AUX input and video (FBAS) output on the back which enables it to be connected to a TV for viewing photos or videos stored on the iPhone or iPod.
The docking sound system can also be used for hands-free phone calls and, as with many iPhone docks, the Sharp DK-AP8 stops the music when the iPhone answers a call and starts it again automatically when the call is terminated.
The 4.4W of sound (2 x 1.2W plus 2W) delivered by the DK-AP8 are produced by a 2.1 speaker system with separate subwoofer, a digital amplifier and Neodym speaker chassis. Additional audio improvements come via an e-sound-system and HDSS (High Definition Sound Standard).
Measuring 198 (w) x 69.8 (h) x 77mm (d) (7.7 x 2.7 x 3in.) the iPod sound system from Sharp is lightweight at only 0.62kg (21.8oz) and can be taken just about anywhere in its soft carrying bag as it runs on batteries or mains power.
The Sharp DK-AP8 will soon be on sale priced around EUR€129 (USD$185) at time of publishing.