updated 08:30 pm EDT, Mon August 18, 2008
Boston Ac. iDS2 iPod spkr
Boston Acoustics has unveiled the Horizon iDS2 iPod Speaker system with two built-in 3 1/2 inch full-range speakers and 60 watts of power. Measuring roughly 5- by 13- by 6-inches, the speaker/dock comes in black or white models; customers can order grilles in a variety of colors to match room decor.
The iDS2 includes a composite video output to display photos and video on a television or monitor. The unit comes with a USB connector with pass-through iTunes syncing and an auxilliary input jack. A tiny remote control is also included.
Designed to provide room-filling sound in a small form-factor, the i-DS2 features an "acoustically tuned chamber" for improved bass response. The company says the unit's universal iPod dock accommodates "any model iPod."
Perhaps the most unique feature of this model is the interchangeable speaker grille. Boston Acoustics' "Personal Options Plan" lets users choose from colors including "Glacier, Rosebud, Onyx, Pearl Gray, Caramel, Chocolat, Silver, Spanish Moss, Olive and Chilli Pepper." Customers can order grilles on the web or at a local retailer.
The Boston Acoustics Horizon iDS2 is available online and at retailers for $180.