Custom audio equipment is all over the net. So what (we ask) makes this iPod dock and amplifier stand out? Well, it looks like something your great uncle from Bulgaria made after the war for his ham radio club. But that’s not why. Amsterdam’s Thodio brand builds these mini HI-FI units by hand. The iBox is sturdy with metal handles and enough wattage to fill a room with sound. The rechargeable battery lasts 15 hours.
There’s nothing sexy about most desktop speaker systems. But the XPS 101 system from Hercules might just turn you on. Gives your desk decór more of a lounge vibe. The pair of rounded satellite speakers stand on a shiny metal alloy base and have a glossy piano-like finish. The 3-speaker subwoofer looks just as good and pumps out 101 watts of surround-quality sound.
This smooth and compact, format-friendly audio system will play pretty much anything. And between your computer, iPod, CDs and favorite satellite radio stations – you need versatility. Denon’s N7 does it all. It’ll stream wireless, as well as, play any other device you want to plug into it. That includes your old analog turntable and cassette deck. Yes, really.
The perch is a common freshwater fish. Wait … wrong perch. This particular Perch is a portable speaker and charging station for your phone or digital media player. You can play back music, while your phone is charging or stick the perch in your bag taking it with you for sounds on the go. When the speaker needs more juice, it attaches magnetically to the dock for recharging.
This Schiit is perverted. Audio “phile” is a perfect term for the guys who create Schiit amplifiers. A tube-amp for your headphones is entering into Cheech & Chong territory. But then you start thinking about it. All of the best music in the world is meant to be heard clear, direct and balanced. And those little earbud speakers in your headphones surely can’t do justice to the White Album or Led Zeppelin IV or 36 Chambers. When you listen, make sure you’re hearing it all.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to wireless sound systems that work with your Apple products. Most sound pretty good, but few of them look good. The Sound Platform is the exception. It boasts not just great acoustics, but a clean, considered design with four ways to rock out: A dock for your iPod or iPhone, Aux in, FM radio, plus it streams wireless audio from Bluetooth devices like your iPad, Android or Blackberry.
The Prius, the YZ 250, the FX Nytro – Yamaha is known for designing incredible products in many forms, including stereo equipment. This fresh iPod dock bumps concert quality sound, playing WMA, MP3 & 4s, plus features CD and AM/FM capabilities. The clean, compact design holds the full spectrum of tech features offering connectivity via USB, while supporting the whole family of Apple phones and pods.
Using your iPhone’s built-in speakers, the Koostik acoustically amplifies the sound through this handsome hardwood dock, making your music louder & richer – as much as four-times louder! You’ve heard an acoustic guitar, right? Same principle here. Even better, each Koostik is handmade in a variety of fine woods.
Taking cues from classic frat-house materials normally used for beer bongs & potato guns, the Black Mambas are actually desktop speakers. A 3-inch full range speaker up top is backed by a bass driver in the stand. This system is non-powered and requires a mini-amp and DIY-designers. IkyAudio makes those, too.
So … where do you put the tape? Well, this boombox is a bit different than the one you were backspinning in front of back in the 80s. Instead of giant dials and cassette decks, this updated ghetto blaster features touchscreen controls and ports to plug in any portable music device. But even with all the tech updates, it still features a big sound & a handle on top, so you can hoist it onto your shoulder and bump the bass when you need to. Available online January 2011.