or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mac Hardware › Current Mac Hardware › Apple announces iPod Hi-Fi boombox
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Apple announces iPod Hi-Fi boombox

post #1 of 185
Thread Starter 
Apple today announced iPod Hi-Fi, an all-new high-fidelity boombox speaker system that works seamlessly with the iPod to redefine the home stereo system.

iPod Hi-Fi delivers impressive acoustic performance and room-filling sound unlike any other speaker system designed for the iPod in an innovative, all-in-one design that can be powered from a wall socket or by six D-cell batteries, Apple said. The device is easily controlled by the Apple Remote.

"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 Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. "iPod Hi-Fis unrivaled acoustic performance and stunning design is at home in any room in the house.

iPod Hi-Fi has been designed and engineered by Apple to deliver unrivaled sound quality, realistic sound imaging and optimal audio performance. Its clean, all-in-one design features a unique isolated enclosure system that includes two custom designed wide-range speakers and a tuned, ported bass system, minimizing vibration while maximizing sound quality and allowing users to listen to their favorite music as it was intended with amazing sound clarity and rich, deep bass.

iPod Hi-Fi also features handles to easily transport your stereo anywhere, a removable front grille with precision-mounting clips, touch-sensitive volume control buttons, the Apple Remote for easy song and volume control from anywhere in the room, a universal power supply incorporated into the all-in-one design so theres no bulky power brick to weigh it down, and the ability to power iPod Hi-Fi from six D-cell batteries for true portability.

Featuring seamless integration with all iPods with a dock connector, iPod Hi-Fi automatically recharges your iPod while docked and displays features of iPod that maximize the iPod Hi-Fi experience such as Tone Control, Large Album Art mode and volume mirroring. The boombox 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.



iPod Hi-Fi is compact and can be powered by AC or six D-cell batteries, providing more flexibility than any traditional home stereo and is perfect for use not only at home, but just about anywhere you go without compromising sound quality.

Apple today also announced new luxurious leather cases designed specifically for the fifth generation iPod and iPod nano models. The "Leather Case for iPod" is made with fine, hand-crafted Italian leather and features a soft and durable interior lining for a secure fit, making it the perfect carrying case for iPod or iPod nano.

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 $349 (US). The Leather Case for iPod is available in 30GB and 60GB models as well as an iPod nano model, each for $99 (US). iPod Hi-Fi and all models of the Leather Case for iPod are available through the Apple Store, Apples retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.
post #2 of 185
Oh joy, another iPod boombox, just what the world needs. Not that 'boombox' is a fitting term - anyone who tried carrying this on their shoulder would find their iPod falling out its dock.

It looks nice, I'll give it that. And I might have been interested if they'd built AirTunes into it.
post #3 of 185
This is thing is utterly bad.

Ugly, no wifi integration, can't see the (iPod) screen across the room...

I mean, who the hell uses their iPod at home to play music through speakers anyway if they've got a computer already?

No radio?
No handle on top?
No way to keep iPod from falling when you are hefting by those wonderful handles?

NO WAY Steve!

Along with these overpriced leather monstrosities for iPod condoms - you have to be nuts if you think that you are offering something better than exising iPod vendors.

Get back to the drawing board and get us a truly small Mac laptop before your stock falls below 1996 levels. (>_<)
post #4 of 185
I like they may be prepared to be the next Sony. But so far, this sucks.

For all the reasons mentioned, with no radio, lack of usefulness in general, no Airport, etc.

Most importantly...this thing is probably not worth more than 50 to 80 bucks for the average consumer, and probably not much past even 149 for more upscale consumers/MacAddicts.

I suppose time will tell.

Airport express made sense. iPods in cars did. This doesn't. Oh well, you have to experiment a little. Maybe they'll add stuff and figure out how to make it cheaper...or just axe it.
"Overpopulation and climate change are serious shit." Gilsch
"I was really curious how they had managed such fine granularity of alienation." addabox
Reply
"Overpopulation and climate change are serious shit." Gilsch
"I was really curious how they had managed such fine granularity of alienation." addabox
Reply
post #5 of 185
16Khz rolloff?

I guess I'm going to have to let my ears decide on this one.
He's a mod so he has a few extra vBulletin privileges. That doesn't mean he should stop posting or should start acting like Digital Jesus.
- SolipsismX
Reply
He's a mod so he has a few extra vBulletin privileges. That doesn't mean he should stop posting or should start acting like Digital Jesus.
- SolipsismX
Reply
post #6 of 185
A product that isn't the one YOU wanted to see on this date isn't an automatic flop and doesn't somehow make Apple a bad company

This looks much higher-end than any other iPod speaker system--in many ways--so if you're looking for that, it's worth the price. I wouldn't replace my stereo with it, I'd use it in a room that didn't HAVE my stereo.

And it DOES integrate with AirPort Express.

Doomsayers may wish to note:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...=&threadid=500
post #7 of 185
Apple's greatest misses:

Flower Power iMac
iPod socks
iTunes ROKr phone (admittedly a Motorola product)
Integrated Mac mini graphics

iPod Hi-Fi

To sell it that $350 price point for a "dock with speakers" they'll need to add Mickey Mouse ears to it. With Steve on the board, I'm sure Disney would be down for that.
post #8 of 185
This product is an automatic flop. And it makes Apple a bad company.

OK, maybe not, but I don't see them flying off the shelves. Now the $99 leather cases, that's quite a product. But I think I'll wait for the 2G leather cases to avoid all the bugs.

Still no iPhone, "true" video iPod, Apple PDA, Apple iHome/DVR, downloadable feature-length movies, video Airport Express, or any of the products we really want. I'm a little disappointed.

Course, that could be the last product announcement for 3 years, and I'm still not buying a windows machine.
post #9 of 185
arg! I'd pay $50 more for this if it had an airport extreme dealie (minus router) that worked with iTunes.

There are better products available.. with a little rigging and time, you could roll your own boombox like this for less.

1) find an 8 D-cell boom box ($50 new, $10 at yardsale or goodwill)
2) buy a $10 12 volt -> ipod charger
3) *something involving duct tape, a soldering iron and hot glue*
4) same thing without the remote, but likely has CD player, radio, and possibly tape player built in.

as an added bonus, you could solder in a 12 volt charger in parallel with the ipod charger and the box's AC input (use diodes, people!), making it fully functional even without batteries.

with the money you save, you could buy half an airport extreme
Mac user since before you were born.
Reply
Mac user since before you were born.
Reply
post #10 of 185
No iPod Hi-FI for me
post #11 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by umijin
This is thing is utterly bad.

Ugly, no wifi integration, can't see the (iPod) screen across the room...

I mean, who the hell uses their iPod at home to play music through speakers anyway if they've got a computer already?

No radio?
No handle on top?
No way to keep iPod from falling when you are hefting by those wonderful handles?

NO WAY Steve!

Along with these overpriced leather monstrosities for iPod condoms - you have to be nuts if you think that you are offering something better than exising iPod vendors.

Get back to the drawing board and get us a truly small Mac laptop before your stock falls below 1996 levels. (>_<)

A few things...

I agree on the iCondoms ... I saw those and was like, "WTF?" They'd better tell us it's damn good leather to be worth almost as much as the iPod its supposed to protect. Don't like the fact I have to take it out to change songs. I'll stick with my Agent 18 hard case.

Why do you want a handle on the top? It's designed for the home ... not romping down the street. Also, have you ever used an iPod dock? If I pick the Hi-Fi up to move it, I'm probably going to have to do some serious slinging to make the iPod fly out. In any case, you're probably okay when its sitting still on your shelf. My guess is there's no handle on top because it serves no real purpose ... plus it'd kill looks, and looks are what Apple is all about.

Wi-Fi? What the heck for? It's a docking station with speakers. No one bitched about Bose's $300 "boombox" for not having Wi-Fi or viewability across a room. It's not made to stream content from the internet ... it's made to play stuff from your iPod. There's also audio in ... so I guess you could stream it from the computer to the Hi-Fi.

Radio? Eh ... maybe ... again, the iHome is one of the few "boombox" type speaker stations out there. Bose, JBL, Kensington are doing pretty good not having that feature.

Who uses speakers to play music at home? Oh man, lemme tell you, I love listening to my music through computer speakers. Lots of people. A dizzying amount of people actually. We moved a lot of those suckers in retail over the holidays, and most of them were the $200+ Kensingtons, Bose or JBL set-ups.

All-in-all, Apple didn't set out to reinvent the wheel on this. All they did was take a concept 3rd party companies have been using (Home iPod Speaker Docking stations) and do it themselves. Utterly bad may be too harsh for a product that has just been released. You might want to wait and see how it sells, or even better, go take a listen for yourself. The Bose doesn't have any of the features you listed and yet it sells EXTREMELY well.
MacBook Pro 15" 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB HDD
Mac mini 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB HDD
iPod 5th Generation, 30GB
iPhone 4, 32GB
Reply
MacBook Pro 15" 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB HDD
Mac mini 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB HDD
iPod 5th Generation, 30GB
iPhone 4, 32GB
Reply
post #12 of 185
Huh. Turns out Apple isn't shooting to be the new Sony, they're shooting to be the new Bose.

Hint-- it's a bad thing.

So, I wonder how much it would cost to buy the remote enabled dock and pair it with a good quality AIO speaker thing?

Let's see, $40 buck for the docks, and for $200 I can get this: Cambridge Sound Works table top radio with built in sub.

I suppose it all comes down to how it sounds (and if I had to guess I would guess that Apple engineered their new box to get pretty loud with no obvious distortion), but for $110 buck less I get a radio with alarm functions, front inputs, big display, more inputs and outputs around back..... So for $40 more I can through in a Nano for the complete system.

Admittedly, this isn't a grab and go boombox setup, so Apple wins on that.

Maybe you could just velcro the dock to this thing and call it a day.
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
Reply
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
Reply
post #13 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by nagromme
And it DOES integrate with AirPort Express.

If by 'integrate with' you mean 'has a line in' then, yes, it does.

We're talking about built in AirTunes. That would've been something, you've gotta admit.
post #14 of 185
Everybody is intitled to their opinion!

I like it! And I heard that in person, it's really nice looking.

Neat, clean lines and most importantly the sound is meant to be pure class!
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
Reply
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
Reply
post #15 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by AgNuke1707
Wi-Fi? What the heck for? It's a docking station with speakers. No one bitched about Bose's $300 "boombox" for not having Wi-Fi or viewability across a room. It's not made to stream content from the internet ... it's made to play stuff from your iPod. There's also audio in ... so I guess you could stream it from the computer to the Hi-Fi.

No, but the boombox was released a couple of years ago and by a 3p. From Apple, we expected more - something we could use not only with our iPods but also with iTunes' AirTunes feature. I use a PowerBook and don't want to sit right by my hifi, wired to it, just to change track. I also may not be sitting in line of sight to change track by remote (and if I wanted to SEE which track I was changing to, that wouldn't do me much good anyway). The only way to get this thing to work with AirTunes is to BUY AirTunes separately and plug it in through the line in. Since I can get a much better HiFi at the same price as this boombox, I'd rather do that and maybe plug the dock into it. It'd be about as portable...
post #16 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by umijin
This is thing is utterly bad.

Ugly, no wifi integration, can't see the (iPod) screen across the room...

I mean, who the hell uses their iPod at home to play music through speakers anyway if they've got a computer already?

No radio?
No handle on top?
No way to keep iPod from falling when you are hefting by those wonderful handles?

NO WAY Steve!

Along with these overpriced leather monstrosities for iPod condoms - you have to be nuts if you think that you are offering something better than exising iPod vendors.

Get back to the drawing board and get us a truly small Mac laptop before your stock falls below 1996 levels. (>_<)

Very good points.

This doesn't look like something you'd take to the beach or on a picnic. If it's mainly going to be used in the home, why not just have a wifi "boombox" that streams from your computer w/ iTunes?
A.K.A. Goose

Hate it when people beat me to registering my username
Reply
A.K.A. Goose

Hate it when people beat me to registering my username
Reply
post #17 of 185
You guys are really off on this one.

I suppose you want Apple to give you everything for free?

This is a reasonably priced device for what it does. It's NOT a cheap piece of garbage. You can tell from the weight. The drivers look good also. This was my business for a fair number of years. I can say that Apple is being honest. That's FAR more than I can say about most companies making products of this type.

Complaining about a 16Khz limit? Try getting your ears checked. You'd be surprised how likely it is that you can't hear above that frequency. If you want something that truely goes much above that frequency without distorting, be prepaired to pay another $200 for the system.

$349 for a product that contains a stereo amp, as well as well as the speaker system with these specs is nothing to sneeze at. You can't come up with something like this yourself

Sure, many companies will lie about output power, and frequency response, but that's all it is.

If this cost $149, as someone here said it should, it WOULD be a piece of crap.

A good speaker system requires a solid case, properly designed, not some thin, cheap, typical plastic injection mold.

Put Airport Extreme into this, and people would be complaining about the $425 price, and how they didn't need the Airport built-in. And why couldn't they buy it separately?

You can't win.
post #18 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by jdbartlett
No, but the boombox was released a couple of years ago and by a 3p. From Apple, we expected more - something we could use not only with our iPods but also with iTunes' AirTunes feature. I use a PowerBook and don't want to sit right by my hifi, wired to it, just to change track. I also may not be sitting in line of sight to change track by remote (and if I wanted to SEE which track I was changing to, that wouldn't do me much good anyway). The only way to get this thing to work with AirTunes is to BUY AirTunes separately and plug it in through the line in. Since I can get a much better HiFi at the same price as this boombox, I'd rather do that and maybe plug the dock into it. It'd be about as portable...

AMEN! .. I shouldn't post anymore, just wait for someone to post what I think and give them kudos

oh, PS..
No remote but only $90 and better high-range.
Mac user since before you were born.
Reply
Mac user since before you were born.
Reply
post #19 of 185
The Bose Wave Radio goes for $349. The Bose Music System (radio plus CD player)is $499. They are very popular sellers.

My wife gave me the Music System last year. The sound is very good--actually hard to believe that one box can make such rich sound. However, when I took the thing to my office, I couldn't get good FM reception. So I play CDs, but my selection is limited to what I can carry back and forth from home. It's a pain.

It would be much easier to carry my iPod back and forth and have my entire music collection available.

If the music quality is comparable, I'd seriously consider the new Apple product...
post #20 of 185
My guess is that the unit sounds great. It was just introduced so its not surprising that it is slightly overpriced.

I agree with other posters that it needs integrated WiFi. However, we'll probably see this when the iPod gets WiFi too. Besides, when on the move, the WiFi feature will only drain your battery.
Download BARTsmart BART Widget, the best BART schedule widget for Mac OS X's Dashboard.
Reply
Download BARTsmart BART Widget, the best BART schedule widget for Mac OS X's Dashboard.
Reply
post #21 of 185
"audiophile mp3"? there's an oxymoron if there ever was one. Marketing folks can get away with anything, it seems.

Yikes
"We've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming". VP Cheney, 3/29/2006. Interview by Tony Snow
Reply
"We've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming". VP Cheney, 3/29/2006. Interview by Tony Snow
Reply
post #22 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by melgross
You guys are really off on this one.

I suppose you want Apple to give you everything for free?

This is a reasonably priced device for what it does. It's NOT a cheap piece of garbage. You can tell from the weight. The drivers look good also. This was my business for a fair number of years. I can say that Apple is being honest. That's FAR more than I can say about most companies making products of this type.

Complaining about a 16Khz limit? Try getting your ears checked. You'd be surprised how likely it is that you can't hear above that frequency. If you want something that truely goes much above that frequency without distorting, be prepaired to pay another $200 for the system.

$349 for a product that contains a stereo amp, as well as well as the speaker system with these specs is nothing to sneeze at. You can't come up with something like this yourself

Sure, many companies will lie about output power, and frequency response, but that's all it is.

If this cost $149, as someone here said it should, it WOULD be a piece of crap.

A good speaker system requires a solid case, properly designed, not some thin, cheap, typical plastic injection mold.

Put Airport Extreme into this, and people would be complaining about the $425 price, and how they didn't need the Airport built-in. And why couldn't they buy it separately?

You can't win.

I'm with you melgross, you're spot on.
Download BARTsmart BART Widget, the best BART schedule widget for Mac OS X's Dashboard.
Reply
Download BARTsmart BART Widget, the best BART schedule widget for Mac OS X's Dashboard.
Reply
post #23 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by slughead
AMEN! .. I shouldn't post anymore, just wait for someone to post what I think and give them kudos

oh, PS..
No remote but only $90 and better high-range.

The iBoom is a piece of junk.

HiFi should have Airtunes installed. I do not buy the Melgross argument that this would raise the price $125. It would just be a chip or the small part that makes it all work.

Put that in and I would get one.

Look. The way I feel is until you get rid of the wires for this kind of thing and the mac mini/home entertainment thing when it eventually comes to be, then someone will hit the jackpot.

Streaming music and video is the holy grail. I will wait. (Of course, when I hear how good it sounds...dang it all Apple!)
iPad2 16 GB Wifi

Who is worse? A TROLL or a person that feeds & quotes a TROLL? You're both idiots.....
Reply
iPad2 16 GB Wifi

Who is worse? A TROLL or a person that feeds & quotes a TROLL? You're both idiots.....
Reply
post #24 of 185
Well, like I said, it all comes down to how it sounds, so I guess we'll see (hear).

The 16k top end strikes me as just a pragmatic acknowledgment of the limits of Apple's iTMS encoding- inaudible if most of your collection is 128b AAC but probably a bit of a dulling if you're running lossless CD rips (the "most people can't hear above" argument is a bit of a red herring in re audio specs, since the system's ability to resolve high frequency affects overtones well within most peoples audible range).

The spec page doesn't mention the wattage of the power amp, which would be helpful in discerning SPL before distortion, but I would guess that Apple would engineer this so that even at 11 you wouldn't get the unlistenable train-wreck of cheap audio gear turned up loud.

Still, a 57 to 16k plus or minus 3db is just OK for this price point, and I still think you could probably do better, sonically, with a remote dock and something else, sacrificing only a built in dock connector in a bit of "all-in-oneness".

Apple's page on this is distressingly Bose like, with its "custom engineered" cones and "sealed and tuned enclosures", as if those things weren't ubiquitous.

But: don't hold me to any of this. If it sounds great, then $350 is not an unreasonable price to pay. It just needs to sound pretty great.
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
Reply
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
Reply
post #25 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by chascmd
The Bose Wave Radio goes for $349. The Bose Music System (radio plus CD player)is $499. They are very popular sellers.

My dad had a Wave Radio for about a month. He compared it with a Panasonic box with a built-in 60 CD changer. The Panasonic sounded better and had the same sticker price and didn't look bad. The only advantage to Wave Radio was size, and that didn't matter in his situation.
post #26 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by addabox
since the system's ability to resolve high frequency affects overtones well within most peoples audible range).

Overtones that are lower than the frequency being discussed? Aren't those called undertones?
post #27 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by melgross
$349 for a product that contains a stereo amp, as well as well as the speaker system with these specs is nothing to sneeze at. You can't come up with something like this yourself

Actually, one time my friend built a boom box out of a car stereo, a motorcycle battery, and 2 very high quality 4x5's with built in tweaters. Totally sealed, and by-the-book on sealed and insulated speaker design. It was heavier and made of particle board, but it cost about $300 for easily the same quality and better audio range.

The battery life was much longer, by the way.

Did I mention he ran over it with his truck once and it didn't crack?

The only real difference is the ipod thing.. but really, we're talking about economy of scale here. He paid markup on all the components he used, Apple's wouldn't be nearly as high, even if they included an Airtunes interface and a CD player + Radio.

Components and technical quality are not the issue here, dude.

This is just another minimalist but high quality product by apple with a "comparable" price. It's not targetting most consumers, most likely it's just for people who want a "just works, and works purdy good" solution. It's for people who shop at william sonoma and the stereotypical starbucks patron.

This box is meant to sit idle in someone's "study," "den," or "library" for 9 months out of the year and be present for backyard parties where they serve horse-derves. Or maybe in some stylish san fran apartment where they don't own a TV--this'd be great to sit by an ibook on a tiny desk.

Or maybe this'd work in a dorm-room situation, lots of kids have rich daddies who buy this sort of compact and functional stuff.

Not a bad product, I just don't fit into any of those categories.. I've got my sony 5.1 speaker system here I bought for $100 and it's hooked up directly to my G5
Mac user since before you were born.
Reply
Mac user since before you were born.
Reply
post #28 of 185
A retarded product that will sell very well. I'm fine with my JBL OnStage setup that I paid ~$280 less for.
proud resident of a failed state
Reply
proud resident of a failed state
Reply
post #29 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by Xool
I'm with you melgross, you're spot on.

ditto
post #30 of 185
I was thinking, it would be nice if it could support some wireless satellite speakers.

I have the 85 dollar creature II speakers. Which sound great. But they sound better when you get the stereo effect with the satellite speakers. You can't get that with this iPod HiFi.
post #31 of 185
Well, not something I would buy, but I suppose if even a small fraction of the people who dump hundreds of dollars into iPods and related paraphernalia are willing to spend $349 on it, Apple is bound to make money off of it.

Personally, I don't get why you'd need D battery power in something that doesn't look like it's designed to be taken outside. For indoors, I have no interest in something with a < 17" stereo "soundstage". Even if I did, various (relatively) high-end audio companies have complete radio, CD player, aux input (that you could connect your iPod to) packages for the same price range I'd buy first.

This really isn't the direction I want to see Apple heading in, so I hope they don't invest too much money in this kind of stuff.
post #32 of 185
How can you call anything that plays compressed digital files "Hi Fi"? This isn't necessarily a bad product, but nobody who cares about audio would replace their stereo equipment with this thing.

It's embarrasing that this is supposed to be newsworthy.
post #33 of 185
I'll chime in.

Is it a bad product? No. I think I'd like this in my living room - and considering I live in a weeeeee condo, that's saying something.

Will I buy it? $349 is not a Whim-like purchase for me right now. It's much better spent on a new iMac or the like. That being said, fresh-out-of-uni-new-to-the-corporate-world kids like me probably aren't the target market for this sucker. This is the upscale accessory for the established middle class and up. It's a nice birthday present for dad.

Did this stop any presses? I doubt it. Was it still kinda cool? Most definitely. As always, time will tell.
Modding for Great Justice
Reply
Modding for Great Justice
Reply
post #34 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by JeffDM
Overtones that are lower than the frequency being discussed? Aren't those called undertones?

It's about how the overtones that fall outside of the systems ability to resolve interact (or don't) with the frequencies it can.

Can't do 20K means 10k sounds different from the original (not that any of this is terribly germane to a discussion of a $350 boom box designed to play back heavily compressed digital files).
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
Reply
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
Reply
post #35 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by buckeye
How can you call anything that plays compressed digital files "Hi Fi"? This isn't necessarily a bad product, but nobody who cares about audio would replace their stereo equipment with this thing.

It's embarrasing that this is supposed to be newsworthy.

I tend to agree, but they did characterize it as "fun new products" in the invitation. Emphasis on the fun apparently. I don't think Apple would ever make a truly high end audio component. There is just not enough market for that sort of thing.
post #36 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by slughead
AMEN! .. I shouldn't post anymore, just wait for someone to post what I think and give them kudos

oh, PS..
No remote but only $90 and better high-range.

You're joking, right?

That's a piece of crap. I guarantee you that the high frequency doesn't even approach that of Apple's product. Neither does anything else.

Don't be taken in by marketing.
post #37 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by slughead
Actually, one time my friend built a boom box out of a car stereo, a motorcycle battery, and 2 very high quality 4x5's with built in tweaters. Totally sealed, and by-the-book on sealed and insulated speaker design. It was heavier and made of particle board, but it cost about $300 for easily the same quality and better audio range.

The battery life was much longer, by the way.

Did I mention he ran over it with his truck once and it didn't crack?

The only real difference is the ipod thing.. but really, we're talking about economy of scale here. He paid markup on all the components he used, Apple's wouldn't be nearly as high, even if they included an Airtunes interface and a CD player + Radio.

Components and technical quality are not the issue here, dude.

This is just another minimalist but high quality product by apple with a "comparable" price. It's not targetting most consumers, most likely it's just for people who want a "just works, and works purdy good" solution. It's for people who shop at william sonoma and the stereotypical starbucks patron.

This box is meant to sit idle in someone's "study," "den," or "library" for 9 months out of the year and be present for backyard parties where they serve horse-derves. Or maybe in some stylish san fran apartment where they don't own a TV--this'd be great to sit by an ibook on a tiny desk.

Or maybe this'd work in a dorm-room situation, lots of kids have rich daddies who buy this sort of compact and functional stuff.

Not a bad product, I just don't fit into any of those categories.. I've got my sony 5.1 speaker system here I bought for $100 and it's hooked up directly to my G5

Making the assumption that that thing sounded half as good as you say it di, it would cost much more to produce than the $300 he spent. Having designed speakers, and drivers, I can tell you that home-built products rerely sound nearly as good as those who have built them seem to think they do.
post #38 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by nagromme


Doomsayers may wish to note:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...=&threadid=500


This is by no means a revolutionary product like the iPod.

I for one am dissapointed with this.... Where's the big scrolling LED or LCD on the front so we can see what damn song we want.... I sure as hell don't want to have a set of binoculars next to me on the couch when I want to select a song... and Im too damn lazy to get up and walk over to the thing!

I may eat my own words on this... but I think it will be shelved within 6 months.

b.
"The world is all that is the case"
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Reply
"The world is all that is the case"
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Reply
post #39 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by groverat
A retarded product that will sell very well. I'm fine with my JBL OnStage setup that I paid ~$280 less for.

And, I'm sure that your JBL is worth every bit the $280 less that you paid for it.

But, this isn't competing with that, or any other cheap speaker set out there. It will compete with Klipsh, and others, in that price range.
post #40 of 185
Quote:
Originally posted by buckeye
How can you call anything that plays compressed digital files "Hi Fi"? This isn't necessarily a bad product, but nobody who cares about audio would replace their stereo equipment with this thing.

It's embarrasing that this is supposed to be newsworthy.

Have you ever heard of "Apple Lossless Encoding"?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Current Mac Hardware
AppleInsider › Forums › Mac Hardware › Current Mac Hardware › Apple announces iPod Hi-Fi boombox