CNET: Apple iPod Hi-Fi is a ‘box of delights’

“We’ve been playing (pictured) with the iPod Hi-Fi for a day now, and considering the price of the unit (£249, US$349), sound performance is very impressive. Though Apple has massively overstated the Hi-Fi’s capabilities — they describe sound output as ‘audiophile’ quality — it will impress casual listeners,” Chris Stevens writes for Crave at CNET.

“An Apple engineer talked Crave through the design of the speaker enclosure and amplifier stage. Apple has apparently designed the system with a very specific purpose in mind: to replace the living-room or bedroom mini-system. Judging from our cursory tests so far, it may have succeeded. The iPod Hi-Fi sounds equal in tone and clarity to many of the mini-systems we’ve tested from manufacturers like PURE and Yamaha,” Stevens writes.

“In our listening tests so far, the iPod Hi-Fi does extremely well at reproducing classical or acoustic music with a wide dynamic range. By this measure it far outdoes the competition in the same price range… on the whole we’re impressed by Apple’s stylish white box,” Stevens writes.

Full article here.

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Related articles:
Detroit Free Press: Apple’s new iPod Hi-Fi delivers ‘powerful, room-filling sound; mighty tempting’ – March 07, 2006
PC Magazine Editor’s Choice: Apple iPod Hi-Fi ‘this one’s a winner’ (4.5 stars out of 5) – March 04, 2006
Review: Apple iPod Hi-Fi – March 03, 2006
The Inquirer reports on attack of Apple cultists, blames MacDailyNews for inciting ’email fatwa’ – March 03, 2006
CSFB: Apple iPod Hi-Fi a harbinger of things to come – March 02, 2006
Inquirer writer: Apple Mac, iPod users are gullible saps – March 02, 2006
Apple iPod Hi-Fi photos from all angles – March 01, 2006
Videos of Steve Jobs introducing Mac mini, iPod Hi-Fi – March 01, 2006
Apple debuts iPod Hi-Fi speaker system, leather cases for 5G iPod, iPod nano – February 28, 2006


  1. Oh no! Not this topic again!

    The last time MDN covered the Hi-Fi, a ton of people who had never listened to it flamed the hell out of me and others for liking it.

    For what it’s worth, I have one in my kitchen and it is awesome. Sounds great – clear even at low volume – fills the room – looks good (my opinion) – and easily travels to the deck too. Plus, with no external power brick, the cor isn’t an issue in the kitchen.

  2. me—
    Exactly. People complained that it was not black, like “real” audio components, but it was obvious that the Hi-Fi was meant for places like the kitchen, bedroom or even bathroom where a white color is better suited.

    It’s a good product. If only Steve hadn’t implied audiophile credentials there wouldn’t be the uproar.

  3. “Will you be having any humble pie with that crow?

    Why? Since when did CNET reviews matter? Just because some obscure person puts his stamp of approval on an item, that doesn’t mean that the opinion of others who believe it is an overpriced marketing ploy are not justified in having that opinion.

  4. Yeah I got flamed by all the ‘audiophiles’ just for saying they should at least hear it before damning it to the fires of audio Hell.

    So far all I’ve heard is good reviews of this product. Scream about all the specs and definitions you want but if people like it, who cares.

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