Akihabara News: Hare the NAS-Z200iO and CMT-Z100iR, two new all in one iPod docks with FM radio, CD player and a gorgeous remote control (for the NAS-Z200iO) which streams music from a PC with its DLNA and WiFi module… Man I’m in love! If only these systems were iPhone friendly with a little mic for hands-free operation Sony would make my day!
The full press release is after the break.
DVICE: Plug your iPod into this DLO HomeDock HD Pro, and it upscales your video to 720p/1080i quality.
Notice the HDMI and optical digital audio ports on the back, giving you a digital connection between your music player and home theater AV system. It even has an RS-232 control port for those high-end home theater mavens.
Can this dock really make HD video out of your iPod movies? Our experience with upscaling video to HD tells us not to get our hopes up.
However, if you have some good quality video that’s not too compressed, this might be able to do it justice.
T3: Yes, it’s essentially a glorified radio/alarm clock, but the Roberts iDream does offer a little bit more than the traditional FM reception and nasty buzz alarm.
Being Roberts, DAB is a shoe-in, with FM RDS thrown in too for back-up. You can also opt for your own playlist – an iPod dock offering playback through the substantial speakers, as well as a boost to the battery for the following day.
You can get up to your own tunes too. That included remote should save you having to stretch for the ‘snooze’ button too.
Tech Digest: iPod docks are ten-a-penny around here. They’re not the most exciting product to write about, and every company in the world makes one. This, however, is something special. It’s got valves.
If you don’t know why that’s good, then go ask your neighborhood audiophile. It basically makes the music sound ‘warmer’, and valve amps have long been praised for the lovely feel that they give to sound and music.
Of course they’re not cheap. This model costs £300 (355 Euros). For that, you’re getting lovely lovely sound, a pair of 40W speakers (though you can plug in whatever speakers you like) and two auxiliary inputs, for plugging in your TV or stereo.
DVICE: Plug your iPhone, or just about any iPod into this Cygnett GrooveNeo Alarm Clock Radio/Dock and wake up to the music of your choice.
Sure, it’s not the first iPod clock radio/dock of its kind, and we usually skip over such things, but this one’s design caught our eye. Just look at its smooth, rounded form!
The device brings along respectable specs with those good looks, too, with a couple of 2.75-inch speaks, touch-sensitive controls and it even charges up your iPhone or iPod while you sleep.
If you don’t have an iPod, you can plug any audio source into its line-in jack in the back.
DVICE: Curiously dubbed “YO,” this attractive iPod and MP3 stereo speaker dock is a concept by American-born designer Victor Vetterlein.
The speakers are detachable and wireless (as well as waterproof), and charge at the dock just like an MP3 player would.
The odd shape of the speakers is to help produce a more pronounced, directional sound.
Even curiouser, Vetterlein intends for the unit to be charged by a “renewable energy source such as solar power, wind power, or hydroelectricity.”
Engadget: Altec Lansing sure came out fighting this week, with it not only debuting a brand new logo, but a bundle of new speakers and iPod docks that sport the new branding.
The most stand-out, by far, are the Expressionist Bass speakers, which are a full ten inches high and include built-in 4-inch subwoofers and two 1.5-inch drivers apiece.
On the slightly less intimidating front, Altec Lansing has the Orbit MP3 iM237 single-speaker unit, which runs on three AAA batteries, and a pair of new inMotion iPod speaker systems: the inMotion Moondance GLOW and the inMotion MAX.
EngadgetHD: These days, it seems like no home theater is complete without an iPod accessory of some sort, so why should your new Sony Bravia LCD HDTV be any different?
Now you can officially get your groove on with the TDM-IP1 Digital Media Port dock, which unlike Sony’s other stab at iPod docking, connects your compatible Bravia set with your iPod and charges it while playing back your favorite audio and video media.
It retails for $99 (around €75).