updated 09:25 am EDT, Mon October 16, 2006
Marantz IS201 iPod Dock
Electronics importer Audio Cubes has just made the IS201 Universal iPod Dock available to American buyers. The $169 product enables users to connect their iPod to several devices at once, including TV and home theatre systems. Phono, S-Video, RC-5, IR-Flasher and RS-232C connections are supported. IR-Flasher allows the dock to control (or be controlled by) an AV receiver, while RS-232 enables PC control. A remote control is bundled with the system. Audio Cubes further claims the IS201 will accept any iPod from the third generation onwards, charging players while in use. Of special note is the actual connection point for inputs and outputs: since it's separate from the dock itself, you can prevent your desktop from becoming a cluttered mess of cables.