Pioneer: Pioneer are previewing their new iPod Speaker Systems at IFA.
The XW-NAS5 and XW-NAS3 systems, due to hit the shelves from December, feature a 2.1-channel digital amplifier and provide precise sound reproduction with warm acoustics, while a down-firing subwoofer supplies dynamic and powerful bass.
Both systems offer a direct digital audio connection and incorporate unique features that are not available on other high-end iPod speaker systems.
They come in a characteristic shell-shaped housing, in a choice of four quality metallic-finish colours: red, black, silver or white (XW-NAS3 in metallic white only).
Electronista: At its IFA show presence added a pair of 2.1-channel PC speakers, including what it claims as a first for integrating iPhones and iPods.
The 60W SRS-GD50iP has its own dock in the central controller to play audio from any of the dockable Apple devices or just to keep it charged.
A toggle button lets users switch between this and the regular sound output from the computer. The speaker set is already available and, in the US, officially sells for $200 (€140).
A second system part of Sony’s Muteki line, the SRS-DB500, is a conventional setup but skewed towards power: it produces 300W, half of which is generated by the subwoofer. The amp is also based on the same pure digital technology borrowed from many of Sony’s other devices and allegedly improves audio quality by skipping the analog-to-digital translation process. These too are already shipping and cost $200 in the US (€140).
Electronista: Accessory maker iHome has developed the iH82, a new set of portable speakers for the iPod. Based on the existing iH80, the base of the unit is essentially the same, but with an entirely optional second speaker for louder, stereo sound. Crucially, the extra speaker does not require its own power supply; it instead takes its power from the dock speaker, which uses a wall adapter or eight C-cell batteries. The dock itself supports fourth- and fifth-generation iPods along with minis, nanos and shuffles. An infrared remote comes standard.
“More than just a pretty design with 15 watts per channel emanating from its built-in digital amplifier and auto-on when it detects input from an audio source. It’s built like a truck, too, weighing in at a hefty 12.5 pounds. (…) Don’t worry about it getting too scuffed up either, because it has a special wax coating to keep it scratch-free. The only bad news is its price: $1300″ (€ 1020)