A visit to any big-box retailer will present the curious buyer of a speaker dock with a curse of choices. Many are simply dogs, while others sound great but just look too terrible for an adult to consider having them in their home. That the insides match the appeal of its polished exterior make the Scuderia that rarest of tech products. Inspired by the lines of the Scuderia Formula 1 racing team, this black curvilinear speaker base is accented by a Ferrari Red pinstripe and a faux-brushed metal top that looks much like the hood of a Formula One racer. It is, in a word, slick.
Looks aside, though, the FS1 is a goer, and we were impressed with what it packs under the hood. Unlike many comparable mono units, the FS1 is a 2.1 system, with two 2-inch drivers and a 5-inch woofer (with twin rear-firing vents), and a frequency response of 20-22,000Hz. All of which means it can really scream. Although the dock connector is the last generation of Apple’s 30-pin connector (not the latest Lightning version), the FS1 also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack and a USB charging port. It also supports wireless audio via Bluetooth 2.1, so can be used to stream audio from virtually any portable device.
The attention to detail, craftsmanship, and sound quality makes the FS1 a standout in a crowded field. During testing at our office, a spin of “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads – at perhaps too high of a volume for the workplace – enticed quite a few people to roll over and marvel at the clarity of sound and just its sheer power. After we apologized and turned the volume down, several lingering fans offered to take the FS1 for a test ride. It’s just part of what it means to be a Ferrari owner. [$550; ferrari-by-logic3.com]