iPodNN: Bose has upgraded their SoundDock line with a new, particularly high-end model. The SoundDock 10 adds a dedicated subwoofer to reproduce the low end and has two large transducers that borrow the same technology as found in the Wave radio to project upper- and mid-range frequencies.
Fresh for any Bose system is a completely interchangeable dock: it can not only accommodate different iPhones and iPods but can fit an optional $150 (€100) Bluetooth receiver for wireless stereo or, in the future, recognize non-Apple players.
The system has GSM shielding to prevent the “buzz” interference of a nearby phone and a remote to steer docked equipment from a distance. Bose plans for the SoundDock 10 to reach stores on the 21st and is pricing it well above the SoundDock II at $600 (€600).
Engadget: It’s been well over two years since high-end audio outfit Bowers & Wilkins introduced the iPod-lovin’ Zeppelin, and evidently it’s time for a downsizing. Today, the good folks over at B&W slung out the Zeppelin Mini, which promises the same dirigible-inspired sound but in a form factor that fits in a wider assortment of areas.
To be honest, this version seems toned down quite a bit on the design side, with the key differentiating features being an updated docking arm and the addition of USB connectivity.
Said socket enables direct PC / Mac streaming if your iPod gets lost, and it also enables your ‘Pod to sync with your computer whilst playing back tunes.
As for specs, you’ll find a pair of 3-inch full-range drivers, 36 total watts of power, a 3.5 millimeter auxiliary jack and a bundled remote. It’s expected to hit next month for £299 (€340), but you can get acquainted right now by hitting play:
Engadget: As the torrent of new gear continues, we’re now faced with another pair of iPod sound systems desperately attempting to knock the “me-too” status and contribute something positive to the world.
The Rechargeable Speaker S315i is the larger of the two, boasting a rechargeable battery that’s supposedly good for up to 20 hours of listening. The unit is fully compatible with dock-connecting iPods and iPhones, and there’s even an auxiliary input for those who aren’t down with Cupertino’s wares.
The smaller Portable Speaker S125i plays and charges any iPod model and can be powered by an AC adapter, four AA cells or 8.43 tablespoons of Jobs’ favorite fairy dust.
T3: Is there no end to Jean-Michel Jarre’s talents? Not content with bringing bland electronic lift music to the masses, it turns out he’s also something of a gadget designer with his AeroSystem iPod speaker now available to buy.
Going for the ‘more is more’ concept, Jarre has knocked up an imposing metal and glass tower with 60s-style graphic decoration and more importantly, 2x 20W speakers and 45W subwoofer for blasting out that old school electronica.
Of course it also charges your player and does have connectivity for other players, although where said players will balance is open to question.
Techradar.com: If you really want to dock your iPod on a speaker with built-in internet radio, you’ll soon be able to do just that. Intempo’s RDi-W looks to be the first such device to hit the high street, and promises “easy access to global radio in hi-fi quality sound.”
Although the radio feature should probably support DAB, it weirdly doesn’t – but the dock does include standard FM coverage as an afterthought, and the internet radio can be piped through the included LAN connection, or wirelessly.
The dock cranks out its tunes on a 30 watt speaker with integrated sub-woofer.