Intempo IDS-03 review

Big and bulky, but there's a good reason

Also selling in white or silver and effortlessly simple to operate, the IDS-03 offers some novel features

TechRadar Verdict

An ugly exterior hides a versatile iPod speaker with nifty extra features


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    Simple to use


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    Big and unattractive

    Sound lacks precision

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For an iPod speaker system to be deemed '2.1' it must have a subwoofer, but instead of offering a separate bass speaker, InTempo has hidden it in the rear of the IDS-03. It helps explains why this sleek black system is so big.

Silver machine

Also selling in white or silver and effortlessly simple to operate, the IDS-03 offers some novel features. As well as charging an iPod when it's docked in the mains-powered unit, it's possible to attach the entire system to a PC via a mini USB or Firewire cable for synching with iTunes while the iPod is still docked. New iPods (5G) and Nano rely only on USB, while older versions use FireWire.

There's quite a haul of connectivity for such a product, making the IDS-03 impressively versatile. Maximum usability is aided by a series of inserts, spacers and docking covers that cater for every iPod ever invented - bar the Shuffle.

Resplendent in bass, Ryan Adams' The Sun Also Sets encoded at 192kbps feels the benefit from that built-in subwoofer although there is some hissing at high volumes as well as some buzz and general muffling.

That said, the volume on the InTempo DS-03 goes higher than most docks here and its combination of excellent stereo separation and bass levels earn it our laboured respect, but it lacks much precision. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.