Pioneer Press: Apple’s iPod Hi-Fi ‘sets a new standard, the iPod speaker setup to beat’

“Listening to your iPod doesn’t have to be a solo pursuit. The popular Apple players have spawned a range of speaker systems with built-in docks; just drop in your iPod and you can rock out at home, at work or on the go. But which speaker setup should you get? Your options range from Altec Lansing’s portable inMotion iM11 and iHomeAudio’s alarm-clock-style iHome iH5, both costing about $100, to the $300 Bose SoundDock you may have seen advertised on the sides of city buses. And now Apple’s $350 iPod Hi-Fi sets a new standard,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata writes for The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Brace yourselves for serious sound. We tested our iPod Hi-Fi loaner alongside a Bose SoundDock and decided that extra $50 is money well spent if you’re in the market for a top-tier iPod speaker system. SoundDock users shouldn’t rush to upgrade, however, because the iPod Hi-Fi doesn’t add anything new.”

Ojeda-Zapata writes, “The iPod Hi-Fi is gorgeous gear, though, and it sounds sensational. On those grounds, it’s the iPod speaker setup to beat.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike H.” for the heads up.]

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Detroit Free Press: Apple’s new iPod Hi-Fi delivers ‘powerful, room-filling sound; mighty tempting’ – March 07, 2006
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Review: Apple iPod Hi-Fi – March 03, 2006
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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. The truth is, the iPod Hifi does add something new that Bose doesn’t offer:

    1) An input jack. The fact that Bose didn’t include any method of sound input beyond the iPod dock itself strikes as sheer brainless stupidity.

    2) AirTunes ready.

    These two features are worth the $50 cost difference in a heartbeat, in my opinion.

    Not that I’m buying – I already purchased the Klipsch iFi system for my home office. Nice big subwoofer that hides under the desk, and two small satellites. A separate dock with a decent length cord that I can place where I want, an 1/8 inch input jack in the back of the sub unit, a tiny 5 button remote, and great sound.

    Also, the input jack signal is MIXED with the iPod sound – so you can hook your computer up to the system, and play your iPod from the dock and still hear your computer. Great feature, sold me, even at $399.

  2. It’s weird how subjective reviews of the sound quality of speaker systems are. The reviews of the iPod Hi-Fi have ranged from “Incredible! It sets a new standard for sound quality!” to “OMG its teh suxx0rz!!!!11”

  3. We had a few other quibbles. The iPod looked a bit exposed in the dock, so we were leery of accidentally bumping it. And we wish the Apple clicker gave us better iPod control. It has a “menu” button, for instance, which would be handy for navigating a player’s menus

    Yep the iPod looks stupid and fragile sticking out of the top and Apple’s remotes do s*ck r0yal a$s.

    You want a better value, look here and shop by price, you can get a 7.1 surround sound system cheaper than a iPod HiFi.

    In fact someone was selling a HK DRR 2005 reciever for under $600.

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