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Monday, 15 August 2005
For those looking to soup up their iPods, Monitor Audio is bringing their i-deck speakers over from the UK, promising to turn the personal player into a stereo sound system with audiophile quality and sleek looks to match. The two-way speakers measure 7.5 by 5.75 inches each and manage to reproduce up to 102dBA, despite their compact size. Each is equipped with a bass driver and Monitor Audio’s own gold dome tweeter to create punchy bass and articulate high and mid-frequency audio. The speakers are separate, giving users more flexibility by allowing them to set up the system however they want, placing the speakers next to the dock or apart. The i-deck bypasses the iPod's built in digital-to-analog converters and carries the files directly to its volume control before converting to analog, resulting in reduced noise.

The i-deck recharges the iPod when it’s connected to the dock and comes with a credit card-sized remote for convenient control of the player. Monitor Audio boasts that the i-deck also allows for continuous playback when users dock their iPods so they do not have to restart songs or playlists. The system comes with interchangeable bezels that allow it to be used with the color, Photo, mini and third and fourth generation iPods. A 30 pin port lets users synchronize operation with a PC or Mac via USB or Firewire while an auxiliary input allows a range of other sources like other MP3 players and CD players to be connected too. The i-deck retails starting at $349.

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