Auluxe Reverie Casa iPod dock hands on

You may not have heard of Auluxe before, but that is about to the change thanks to the introduction of the Reverie Casa iPod and iPhone dock at this year's IFA tech show in Berlin.

The luxury audio company first launched in the UK in the summer of 2010, after forming in 2007 in Taiwan. The Reverie Casa is the latest in a range of high-end audio products that have been made for the design aficionados among you and thanks to its "Made for iPhone" status, it can cope with all the latest products from Apple. The distinctive oval casing, which is painstakingly shaped by hand, is made from recycled pine mdf, covered with a wood veneer.

A closer look at the product also reveals a linen speaker grille and a non-slip rubber base. The dock also has a 3.5mm input on the back for hooking up any non-Apple music players, along with a video out port. The dock is equipped with an FM tuner and there will also be DAB radio on the UK version.

On first sight, it's obvious that the chassis is of a high build quality, and the casing is weighty enough to give the sound plenty of resonance with hardly any distortion. The touch-sensitive controls, found on the top of the unit, are easy to use and very responsive and can be used to change the volume or mode, as well as control the music from the iPod.

We tried out the sound with both an iPod and an iPhone, and we were extremely impressed with the sonics provided by the 30-Watt speakers. Not only was the mid-range clear and faithful to the original source, but there was also a decent amount of bass to pump up the sound even further.

The Auluxe Reverie Casa is due to launch in the UK in November, initially in Marks & Spencer and Micro Anvika.

Considering the laborious manufacturing process involved, the chic design, and the high-end audio quality, we think that the £330 price tag sounds pretty reasonable.