Apple today announced iPod Hi-Fi, a high-end ($349) iPod boombox dock with remote. The Hi-Fi is portable, and can run from six D-cell batteries or wall power.
“Apple is reinventing the home stereo with the new iPod Hi-Fi, the first iPod accessory that adds true high-fidelity sound quality to the iPod,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.
At least at the Think Secret site, customers aren’t as impressed with Apple’s latest announcement:
- “This doesn’t even hit me as an “apple design”. It looks more like a styrofoam cooler you but at your local walmart. For 350 dollars, there are some fantastic alternatives to the boombox.”
- “This isn’t a hi-fi, it’s a powered speaker. A very expensive powered speaker. It’s right up there with the iPod Socks in the world of innovations.”
The iPod Hi-Fi can recharges an iPod while docked and features Tone Control, Large Album Art mode and volume mirroring. The iPod Hi-Fi includes a dual-purpose 3.5-mm auxiliary input that accepts either analog or digital signals for easy connection to a wide range of audio sources.
Pricing & Availability
iPod Hi-Fi includes the Apple Remote, a removable grille, an AC power cord and 10 Universal Dock adapters, and is available for US $349.