DOCKIN D FINE

Test 07/2019

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Test seal: DOCKIN D FINE, Rating 8.4

last modified: 26.02.2020, 12:06

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All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Range of functions 20%
Battery Performance 20%
Handling 10%
Volume 5%
Design 5%
Tested by: Tim

Tim

Resumee

The price/performance ratio of the DOCKIN D FINE Bluetooth speaker is perfect. For the comparatively low price you get a Bluetooth box with a very good sound. Limitations exist in regard to mobility. With its weight of almost 2kg, the speaker is very heavy and is probably less popular on the go.

Pro

  • With AUX connection / NFC / USB output
  • Very good sound quality
  • Powerbank function
  • Protected against dust and splash water

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Charges via a special plug
  • Comparatively large and heavy

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Good device with very good sound quality, unfortunately it has a short battery life.

The DOCKIN D FINE Bluetooth Speaker impressed me with the best sound in my test. Nevertheless, this has its price. The dimensions and weight of this speaker are significantly higher than those of the competition. The speaker weighs almost 2 kg. Other devices weigh only a third of that weight. It is therefore on the edge of what can still be described as a portable loudspeaker. However, if the device is to be used outdoors, it offers protection against dust and splash water.

The buttons of the DOCKIN D Fine Bluetooth Speaker
The buttons of the DOCKIN D Fine Bluetooth Speaker

Operation

The Bluetooth speaker can be controlled with four buttons:

  • On/Off switch: Press and hold to turn the device on or off.
  • Bluetooth/Pause: Pressing the button briefly pauses the title, pressing the button longer disconnects the Bluetooth connection.
  • Louder: Press briefly to make the speaker louder, hold longer to play the next track.
  • Quieter: Press briefly to make the speaker quieter, hold longer to play the previous track.

There is also a Bluetooth status LED. As soon as this LED lights up blue, Bluetooth is activated on the device.

The DOCKIN D Bluetooth speaker with the connections
Connections of the DOCKIN D Bluetooth speaker

Ports

The loudspeaker also has four ports for connecting. With the AUX port and an AUX cable (included), a smartphone can be connected to the speaker and music can be played even without a Bluetooth connection. If the loudspeaker is connected to the power supply, the device can also be used ideally as a PC loudspeaker or sound bar for the TV. This is also possible through the AUX connection. The USB charger can turn the speaker into a power bank for charging other devices. Micro-USB Service Port: According to the manufacturer, no device may be connected to this port. It is for service purposes only. The disadvantage of the device is that a special plug is required for charging. The charging connector for the power cord is not the same as found on other speakers or Android phones. The device has an NFC function. To take advantage of this, the smartphone must support NFC and make it freely available. iPhones cannot do this. Then a simpler connection between smartphone and loudspeaker is possible.

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Operation

To turn on the speaker, press and hold the On/Off switch for 3 seconds and the last Bluetooth device will automatically connect to the speaker. If no last device is found, the light flashes and the speaker searches for a paired device. On the terminal device (computer, smartphone, tablet), the name DOCKIN D FINE must be selected. As soon as the connection has been established successfully, a tone sounds and the light glows blue permanently.

The speaker can be charged using the supplied power adapter. The charging connector, like all other connectors, is located on the side of the unit behind a cover. If the remaining time is less than 15 minutes, the battery LED will light red. During charging, the LED lights green.

As soon as the loudspeaker has not been used for 15 minutes, it switches to the power saving mode.

Sound Quality

The sound quality was completely convincing in the test. Especially the bass is much better compared to other peakers in this price range. A good sound can be expected at both loud and low volume. The sound fills an entire room. Nevertheless it has to be considered that at higher volume and stronger bass the mids get a little lost. You can play around with the equalizer to adjust the sound to your needs.

Contents of delivery

The scope of delivery of the DOCKIN D Bluetooth loudspeaker
The scope of delivery of the DOCKIN D Bluetooth loudspeaker

We have evaluated approximately 1100 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 85 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 5 percent of the users. The average score at the time of evaluation was 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 85% positive and 5% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Very good sound quality
  • Can also be used as a power bank
  • Simple operation

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Coupling with several loudspeakers is difficult
Manufacturer DOCKIN
EAN 4250541919217
Accessories AUX cable, charging cable with power adapter
Party mode -
Waterproof IP55 dustproof and splashproof
App included -
Bluetooth version 4.0
Power supply connection DC15V
Length of the power cable 140 cm
Battery life 10 hrs
Accessory products B07FQ8MWHH
Weight 1,98 kg
Depth 10,5 cm
Height 10,5 cm
Width 29 cm
Manual language DE, EN
Quality of instructions Good
Packaging Good
Quality impression Very good
Scope of delivery Speaker, power adapter, US adapter, AUX cable
Music control without smartphone
Wireless charging -
Sound quality
Handling
Range of functions
Battery Performance

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Vadim
2020-02-25
Hello. I have a DOCKIN D FINE + (2 pcs). I listen to FLAC format music from my laptop through Foobar2000 (correctly tuned equalizer. -1DB on the deep tones). Nevertheless the speakers have very booming bass (speakers are buzzing). The position of the speakers was changed: no improvement. There is no "stereo panorama" sound. And in general the sound is "crushed" somehow. What do you advise? Digital to analog converter? Which one? Thanks in advance.
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A digital to analog converter should not be very useful, because the Docking D Fine+ was made for digital signals. Maybe the D Fine+ is overly sensitive for FLAC formats, so you would have to change your equalizer settings. I did not find any similar problems to yours with this speaker. Therefore i have to refer to the Docking support website, which says that to reduce the bass on your D Fine+, you have to lower the speaker´s volume and instead increase the volume on your audio player.
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2019-12-16
I own a Dockin D Fine, and also an IPhone 11. The IPhone 11 has a built in NFC, that is always activated on the IPhone. But I can’t activate my Dockin D Fine with NFC? Wondering If I do something wrong, or If it’s not possible with IPhone 11?
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AskGeorge.com
It should be possible. Did you do the latest softwareupdate (iOS 13.3)? Here are the instructions again: Connecting via NFC function: This function is only available if your device supports NFC (Near Field Communication). 1. Activate Bluetooth® on the source device (Bluetooth® settings). 2. Activate NFC on the source device. 3. Hold your source device close to the NFC logo on top of the D FINE. First time connection via NFC needs to be confirmed on your source device. After successful NFC pairing, the blue LED on the D FINE stays lit and you will hear a confirmation sound.
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RoCip
2019-11-25
The power of volume in open air is good?
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AskGeorge.com
Yes, the sound quality is also very good in open air.
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Sid
2019-11-16
You mentioned the equalizer where do you find that. I'm finding the bass too heavy
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AskGeorge.com
You can use several independent equalizer apps for your mobile phone, or the build in equalizer programs on a connected computer.
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2019-09-19
How far away can two boxes be placed?
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AskGeorge.com
At a distance of 7 meters without a wall in between, there should be no problems.
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2019-09-19
Can the speaker also be used as a sound bar for the TV?
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AskGeorge.com
The loudspeaker can be connected to a TV via the jack plug and power supply.
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2019-09-19
Is the box only sold in black?
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Currently this is the only color.

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