Apple iPod Hi-Fi At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Apple iPod Hi-Fi

Input: 30-pin docking connector (1), 1/8-inch minijack—analog or S/PDIF digital (1)
Output: none

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Type: Two-way single unit
(size in inches, type): 3, treated paper cone (2)
Woofer (size in inches, type): 5, treated paper cone (1)
Number of Amp Channels: 3
Power Rating
(watts, per channel): N/A
Power Sources: AC or six D-cell batteries

Processing Modes: Treble, bass boosts (iPod nano and fifth-generation iPod only)
Available Finishes: White/black combination only
(H x W x D, inches): 6.6 x 17 x 6.9
Weight (pounds): 14.5 without batteries,
16.7 with batteries
Price: $349

Ratings: Apple iPod Hi-Fi

Build Quality: 92
• Injected-molded plastic
• Honeycombed interior defeats resonance

Value: 88
• Priced about the same as an executive microsystem
• A good buy

Features: 90
• Dual full-range drivers flanking a single woofer
• AC or DC operation

Performance: 93
• Thick, warm, substantial, satisfying sound
• Good soundstage for its size

Ergonomics: 97
• Black-and-white color scheme mimics that of your iPod
• You'll rarely need the manual

Overall Rating: 92
Apple's entry into the semi-nonportable audio category has all the elegance and forethought that characterize the company's other products—especially, of course, the iPod. It's a logical extension to the iPod way of life, although it's also compatible with portable CD players and other lowly creatures.

General Information
iPod Hi-Fi, $349
Apple Computer
(800) MY-APPLE
Dealer Locator Code APL

Apple Computer
(800) MY-APPLE
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