The world's not short of iPod dock systems, but your choice is severely curtailed if you fancy a pink one. Or blue, for that matter. The Yamaha PDX-30 comes in both these finishes, as well as black and the grey we're testing here.
It feels sturdy, and comes with a useful credit-card-sized remote. As well as iPods, it works with all iPhones.
With a lossless file of The XX's VCR playing, the PDX-30 wastes no time in establishing its credentials. It's solidly punchy and produces a remarkably large-scale sound for a product of this size, happily attacking the low frequencies.
Midrange is a touch recessed
Such assertiveness is at the expense of the midrange, though, where voices can retreat to the rear of the soundstage.
Things are a touch reticent at the top-end, too, where the Yamaha rolls off the highest of the treble information. This results in a sound that's either enjoyably refined or frustratingly curtailed, depending on your preferences.
There's no doubting the PDX-30's overall competence, though. It's one for the shortlist.
Sturdily built; choice of colours; big, bold sound; happy to go loud (ish)
Sacrifices midrange resolution in favour of prodigious bass; restrained at the top end