updated 02:05 pm EDT, Thu July 17, 2008
Samson intros iPod dock
Samson on Thursday released its StudioDock 3i USB studio monitor speakers with a built-in iPod dock. The speakers also have a USB interface on the rear panel that allows other USB devices or computers to play their audio content. For more traditional sources, the desktop speaker system has an RCA input on the rear, as well as an 3.5mm auxiliary input jack on the front panel, right next to the a headphone output jack.
The system's output is 30W, divided between the two 3.25-inch copolymer woofers with Santoprene surrounds that is also magnetically shielded. The high frequencies are reproduced thanks to a pair of integrated one-inch silk-dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. Sound quality is further ensured by passive crossovers that use a multi-pole design. All are housed in a damped, vented cabinet made of solid Medium Density Fiberboard.
A USB cable and 6.6 feet of 18-gague speaker cable to connect the two speakers is included. The iPod dock will charge the device, but it is not known whether the StudioDock will be compatible with the iPhone and recently release iPhone 3G. The StudioDock 3i is available now, priced at $150 for the pair of speakers.