Detroit Free Press: Apple’s new iPod Hi-Fi delivers ‘powerful, room-filling sound; mighty tempting’

“I can’t keep this up. It seems like almost every Apple product that has come out in the past year has wound up on my credit card. So, I fear, will the latest — the week-old iPod Hi-Fi. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the speaker system on Feb. 28 as the device that will reinvent the home stereo, I scoffed. Today, after plugging my iPod into it and playing no more than two songs from the Funk Brothers, I’m checking to see if I can sneak another credit card purchase past my wife,” Mike Wendland writes for The Detroit Free Press. “At $349, the iPod Hi-Fi costs considerably more than the third-party speakers already on the market like the Bose SoundDock ($299), JBL’s On Stage ($169) and the inMotion iPod speaker from Altec Lansing ($149). I have listened to all three of those systems and not been impressed, at least not enough so to actually think of buying one. The iPod Hi-Fi, though, is mighty tempting. Judging sound for most of us is subjective, at best. All I can say is that the iPod Hi-Fi indeed does deliver powerful, room-filling sound… I also like the looks of this all-in-one speaker system better.”

Full article here.

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CSFB: Apple iPod Hi-Fi a harbinger of things to come – March 02, 2006
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  1. No way! “Experts” who haven’t heard it have already condemned its quality.
    (Actually, he had me convinced at “Funk Brothers!” Woohoo!
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  2. Like I keep saying…this thing will sell… a lot. It sounds great and will fill the need for a lot of people. It doesn’t matter what detractors say. It’s a well made, high quality device that a lot of people will be impressed by.

  3. thees apple speakrs are ovrpriced junk not even wurth 50 or 100 $$$$ but stupid mac yousrs will probly by a lot of them I got bettr speekrs a compusa for unnr $50 I mix sound for a band an have hurd a lot of stuff so i can tell your honestly this is not a good direcsion for apple very sune yull see i am rite.

  4. No, Ampar – we have questionned the use of the word ‘audiophile’. That doesn’t mean that it won’t sound just fine for less discerning listeners! (Goes to get tin hat…)

    MW: science (They say: ‘Let’s just forget the science; it’s my opinion so it must be right.’)

  5. Well said, Fred. To misquote a line from “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” There are music lovers who love their music and then there are audiophiles who LOOOOOOOVE their music. Keep a mop handy.

  6. Not to be an arse, but if you are going to speak like an expert (MacDud, this is pointed towards you), it helps if you use correct spelling and grammar. It’s really difficult to take an opinion seriously when it is littered with “wurth”, “yousrs”, etc. If, as it appears, you are not a native English speaker, I appalud you for trying (and hopefully improving), however, some of the incorrect words are common ones, frequently used on this site in other posts. I’m sorry for being harsh, but as I said, it makes it difficult to take your opinion seriously.

  7. SD…macdud is making fun of the opinionated, and self absorbed poster here known as MacDude. It’s not to be taken seriously any more than MacDude’s actual posts are meant to be taken seriously. So…

    let’s review

    1. iPod Hi-Fi…Not an audiophile device
    2. Not meant to genuinely replace all audio devices ever made
    3. Somewhat overpriced (insert your opinion as to how much here).
    4. Will undoubtedly sell a great many units
    5. May well become part of a larger home entertainment plan
    6. Seems to encourage people to become extremely upset about it.
    7. In the end is really only an Apple peripheral which is typically
    A. High priced
    B. Well designed (at least internally for a company that never built a speaker system before…even the experts seem to agre on this one.)
    C. Made to work in an integrated way with other Apple products.

    Now…can we move on to more interesting discussions?

  8. Well, I ordered one without even having actually seen or heard it because I know if it’s from Apple it’ll be good enough to keep me happy at least until I can replace my aging true audiophile system. Then it’ll be great for a remote location in the house.

  9. I don’t know why everyone is down on the SoundDock. Sure it’s not the Hi-Fi you want for your living room, but for a home office or study it’s great.

    Mind you, if I didn’t already own one, I’d be looking at the iPod Hi-Fi. The people in Motown like the sound, so it must be good.

  10. Got mine by TNT yesterday. Its cool to look at. Extremely easy to use and the sound is way above my expectations. I compared it with my stereo (More than 15 times as expensive) and a couple of ghetto blasters i have. Its not comparable to the stereo, but it blows the ghetto blasters away both in sound and looks

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