updated 02:10 pm EST, Tue February 28, 2006
iPod Hi-Fi, iPod cases
Apple today debuted its new iPod Hi-Fi, a high-fidelity speaker system designed to work seamlessly with its iPod digital media player, as well as leather cases for fifth-generation iPods and the iPod nano. The iPod Hi-Fi features an innovative all-in-one design that can be powered by a wall socket or six D-cell batteries, and is easily controlled by an Apple Remote. A unique isolated enclosure system includes two custom designed wide-range speakers and a tuned, ported bass system to minimize vibration while maximizing sound quality and allowing users to listen to their favorite music with high sound clarity and deep bass. iPod Hi-Fi ships with the Apple Remote, a removable grille, an AC power cord, 10 universal dock adapters, and is available for $350. Apple's leather cases fit both 30GB and 60GB iPod models, as well as the iPod nano, and are available for $100 each.
The iPod Hi-Fi features handles to ease transport of the stereo, and a removable front grille with precision-mounting clips, touch-sensetive volume control buttons, and a universal power supply incorporated into the all-in-one design.
"Apple is reinventing the home stereo with the new iPod Hi-Fi, the first iPod accessory that adds true high-fidelity sound quality to the iPod," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said today at the company's special event in Cupertino. "iPod Hi-Fi's unrivaled acoustic performance and stunning design is at home in any room in the house."
The stereo supports all iPod models with a dock connector, and recharges any connected iPod while it is docked. The device includes a dual-purpose
3.5-mm auxiliary input port that accepts either analog or digital signals, allowing users to easily connect a wide range of audio sources to the unit.
Apple today also rolled out new leather cases designed specifically for the fifth-generation iPod with video and iPod nano models. The Leather Case for iPod is made with hand-crafted Italian leather and offers a soft, durable interior lining for a secure fit.
It is now available from the Apple Store.