updated 08:30 am EST, Tue January 10, 2006
HomeDock Deluxe for iPod
for iPod with on-screen navigation. The company says It is the first dock for the iPod that allows a user to view and navigate their iPods music and songs on their television screen while controlling the iPod from the sofa using the included 20-button remote control. The HomeDock Deluxe also allows iPod owners to play their slideshows and videos on their big-screen TV. The HomeDock Deluxe will ship this March for $150.
The HomeDock Deluxe includes everything needed to connect an iPod to a home stereo and TV in one simple package. It includes an AC power supply that also charges the iPod when docked, a 6-foot AV cable for audio and video, a 20-button IR remote control and a powered speaker adapter. The DLO HomeDock features a new thinner adjustable docking stand to fit any dockable iPod perfectly, including the iPod nano and the HomeDock Deluxe on-screen navigation works with all dockable iPods, including the 3G iPod.
"HomeDock displays iPod's music content on a beautifully rendered HomeDock TV screen interface that's as clear and as cool as the iPod itself. Users navigate with the HomeDock Remote through their songs and playlists in addition to controlling over 14 playback functions of their iPod. HomeDock Deluxe then displays the currently playing song info and time at the top of the TV screen, as well as showing music menu listings below. Song names and titles are large and easy to read from anywhere in the room. There's even a built-in screensaver in the HomeDock that protects TVs from burn-in if the screen sits idle for too long."
The DLO HomeDock Deluxe connects to a Home Stereo and TV with standard RCA plugs and S-Video connection -- no adapters or Y-cables are necessary. The iPod's music is sent to the stereo through the audio line-out from the dock connector of the iPod, which the company says is "much higher quality audio signal that when users simply plug their iPod into a stereo with a Y-cable from the headphone jack."
As with the original DLO HomeDock, the DLO HomeDock Deluxe also plays and remotely controls picture slideshows and videos from capable iPods. The DLO HomeDock Deluxe is also a PC or Mac compatible dock for iPod. It features a USB 2.0 port for easy syncing and charging the iPod from a PC or Mac; the USB port can also be used to power the HomeDock Deluxe, saving an AC plug for another device.