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Mondo Mint DMS300 Review

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The Mondo Mint DMS300 (Digital Music System) is a very attractive, glossy, piano-white iPod docking stereo system with wood finished speakers. The system consists of four parts: a set of speakers, an amplifier with iPod docking station and a separate stand-alone iPod dock transmitter. The bookshelf speakers have soft dome, one-inch neodymium textile Peerless tweeters and a four-inch aluminum cone woofer. The Mondo speakers are rated at 70 watts per channel. If you’d prefer to use your own speakers, the Mondo can work with speakers in 4, 6 or 8 ohm configurations.

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The Mint has what it calls a 3-in-1 source amplification, which allows you to use the amplifier with an iPod dock and two other inputs; aux (mini-jack 3.5 mm) and a USB port. This unit is pure plug-and-play. There are no firmware upgrades for the Mint and the USB port is for music only. The USB port (USB 4.9ft cable included) lets the speakers function as PC speakers… a nice touch.

Yes it fits YOUR iPod
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The Mint has five iPod docking adapters, so at this point it is ready for any iPod out there, and it even supports older versions including the mini and Nano. There is a line in-input on the main unit for other audio devices. The Mint’s top is where the iPod docking station resides along with the input selectors, volume control, mute and power button. Not only is there a docking station on the amplifier, but there is a square, wireless, remote docking station that streams music up to 100 feet away, allowing you to move the main unit to anywhere in the room even to another room while still controlling volume and playlists. I tested it at 70 feet and it worked well.

Sounds pretty good
The Mondo Mint DMS300’s sound is clean and crisp. It fills a large room nicely with a big bass, which is a testimony to the speakers’ quality, as there is no separate sub-woofer to enhance the bass. The mid-range and highs are right-on. I moved the speakers as far apart as I could (4.9 foot high quality speaker cables are included) and separation was apparent and pleasing. The Mint is a nice change from the all-in-one box units. Its components include; PurePath Digital audio technology by Texas Instruments, Peerless tweeters, AuraSound woofers and their own DI-FI wireless technology. The unit has no EQ — while it’s not a major issue, it would be nice to have the ability to tweak the sound.

When I moved my iPod from the main unit to the wireless transmitting dock there was no interference or static; it sounded the same. The only dock controls are playlists, volume and mute, but using the remote to control the iPod was a big plus, effectively turning my iPod into a remote control. The wireless dock still requires a power source which infringes on its movement, but it does keep the iPod charged. The remote docking station transmits wirelessly but it has to be plugged into an outlet for power which defeats much of its portability and for me, kills about half of its WOW factor. Even so, the wireless docking station is a plus to the DMS300’s functionality.

All-In-All
The Mondo Mint DSM 300’s has a nice full sound. The speakers sound rich, especially when placed far apart. The fact that there is no EQ is a minor issue for most but because of the robust bass it might be a bother for those who are bass sensitive. Regrettably, there is no photo or video support, which would also be good thing to have. Like any standard bookshelf stereo system there are cables and wires, but the ones included are good quality The fact that there are two iPod docks (one a wireless transmitter) is way cool, but certainly not a must have. With the line-in input you aren’t married to the iPod and can have other audio players such as an MP3 player or satellite radio, and that’s a good thing. The Mondo is a bit pricey, but certainly not over the top. Overall, the Mondo Mint is high up on the iPod accessory food chain. This mint is pretty sweet.

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