“Apple has now designed a speaker system especially for the iPod and the digital music age. The iPod Hi-Fi ($349) essentially replaces the remaining half of the old-fashioned audio CD stereo system, producing room-filling sound from an enclosure the size of a shoebox. Well, okay, a shoebox for someone with Bozo-sized feet,” Peter Lewis reports for Fortune. “But still, at 17 inches wide, seven inches deep, and less than seven inches tall, it’s ideal for kitchens, bedrooms, or other places where you desire big sound from a small package. Even with an iPod standing in the connection dock on top, the Hi-Fi fits easily under a 12-inch shelf. The classic iPod-white box has a black face and a removable black grill, which lends unobtrusive elegance to any room while also appeasing folks who favor ebony iPod models.”
“Just as the iPod is designed to allow the owner to take music anywhere, so too is the Hi-Fi. It switches easily to DC power, using six D-cell batteries (not included), and has sturdy, recessed handles. But at 16-plus pounds, it is more suitable for lugging room to room than to the park or the beach,” Lewis writes. “I did… compare the iPod Hi-Fi with a Bose SoundDock music system ($299), which delivered what I considered until now the best sound of any of the iPod-centric, semi-portable speaker docks on the market. Apple’s iPod Hi-Fi is worth the extra $50, no question. It richly fills the gap between earbuds and high-end stereo systems. For many iPod owners, including dorm denizens and nomads weary of schlepping stereo systems from crib to crib, the iPod Hi-Fi could be the best speaker of the house.”
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