updated 10:40 am EST, Wed December 27, 2006
Native 2.1 Pocket Speakers
Native has just introduced the NV-PS612, a pocket-sized speaker set for iPods and other music players that promises greater sound quality than any equally-sized system. The PS612 is 4.3 inches long but incorporates a side-firing subwoofer that produces bass well beyond the characteristically underpowered levels of portable speakers, according to the company. Native eschews disposable batteries for a lithium-ion model that it says delivers 10 hours of playback per charge and can be recharged through a USB cable connected to a PC. The 2.1-channel speakers are already shipping through Rakuten and other dealers for the equivalent of $34.