updated 04:45 pm EDT, Wed September 21, 2005
iPort music systems
today introduced five new free standing music systems for iPod owners, streaming audio and photos to home entertainment systems and syncing with iTunes. The FS-1 ($150) and FS-2 ($200) ship with a simple mini-breakout box that provides audio outputs for standard RCA cable connections to stereo and video outputs for both composite video and S-Video cables for connection to any TV. The FS-3 ($600) features a balanced audio path that supports wiring runs up to 500 feet, while the FS-4 ($800) is enabled for two-way communication. The FS-5 ($1,100) builds on the FS-4, adding balanced video sender and receiver wall plates. All models are scheduled for release by the end of the year.
The touch of a button switches between streaming and syncing, and step up models offer volume control directly from the iPort itself. iPort step up models also view the song, album, artist and playlist information on high-end touch-screen control systems. All iPort free standing models charge the iPod when docked, and include a multi-function two-part mated cable for USB, audio, video, control and power.