|Apple Releases iPod “Hi-Fi” Compact Speaker System|
|Home Theater News Speaker Systems News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 07 March 2006|
Not to be left out in the cold with the wave of aftermarket iPod docking speaker systems, Apple has just announced the release of their own speaker system for their ultra successful line of portable MP3 players. The product is called the iPod Hi-Fi Compact Speaker System and looks like a center channel bookshelf speaker with a small universal iPod dock on top and a wireless remote control. It is priced at $349. Many of you are probably thinking that putting iPod and “Hi Fi” in the same sentence is a bit of a paradox however Apple makes some lofty claims about the sound quality of this piece despite its frequency response of 53Hz to 16kHz ± 3 dB. Add to this the fact that the source material coming from the iPod is mid-fi at best but that didn’t stop Apple from tuning on the hype machine at apple.com when describing their newest iPod accessory.
According to Apple, the innovative design of iPod Hi-Fi transforms consumer-grade materials into the ideal enclosure for high-fidelity sound. The “high-end” sound of iPod Hi-Fi pours out of a double-walled plastic shell designed for maximum stiffness to prevent vibration and resonance — two major causes of sonic imperfections. And airtight sealing allows voluminous, unobstructed sound, effectively preventing buzzing and clatter.
iPod Hi-Fi features three-speaker cones custom designed to provide balanced sound across the frequency range. The two 80 mm wide-range cones are set in dedicated chambers and isolated on the front plate, providing mid and high frequencies that sound vivid and bright. A 130 mm woofer generates the natural bass of iPod Hi-Fi. Thanks to the airtight sealing, the low frequencies are enriched inside the enclosure and then directed via tuned tubes through ports in the front.
There is no bulky external power supply, as iPod Hi-Fi houses all power components internally. The iPod Hi-Fi can also be taken on the road, powered by six D-cell batteries In DC mode, custom electronics manage the energy to enhance battery life and sound, even adjusting volume as necessary. And iPod Hi-Fi will charge an attached iPod from when the iPod runs low.
A Speakers menu screen allows users personalize iPod Hi-Fi to match their tastes. With EQ settings like “Normal,” “Treble Boost,” or “Bass Boost” users can tinker with some basic EQ settings to suit their tastes. Users with iPod Photo and iPod Video units can display album art in a large, easily viewable format while iPod Hi-Fi plays.
In the Box
iPod Hi-Fi and removable grille
10 iPod Universal Dock Adapters
AC power cord
Product documentation and user guide
Powerful and efficient Class D internal amplifiers
Internal universal power supply
Seamless, quiet switching between AC and DC power
DC mode using just six D-cell batteries
Two 80-mm wide-range
One 130-mm woofer
Acoustically tuned enclosure
Sealed and tuned resin chamber
Sealed, acoustic suspension for mid-range system
Dual voice coil, ported bass reflex design for bass system
Frequency response: 53Hz to 16kHz ± 3 dB
Maximum peak sound pressure level: 108 dB at 1 m (AC); 102 dB at 1 m (DC)
Compatible with all iPod models with a dock connector through the integrated Universal Dock (dock adapters included)
Compatible with iPod shuffle and iPod models without a dock connector through the audio input port (audio cable sold separately)
Charges iPod via dock connector
Tone Control in speakers menu provides additional EQ settings specifically for iPod Hi-Fi
Input port accepts analog 3.5 mm stereo minijack or S/PDIF optical digital miniplug
Size and weight
Height: 6.6 inches (167.6 mm)
Width: 17.0 inches (431.8 mm)
Depth (including grille): 6.9 inches (175.3 mm)
Weight (without batteries): 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg)
Weight (with batteries): 16.7 pounds (7.6 kg)
Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: — 4° to 113° F (— 20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)