Apple Announces iPod Hi-Fi

by Hadley Stern Feb 28, 2006

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Apple(R) today
announced iPod(R) Hi-Fi, an all-new high-fidelity speaker system that works
seamlessly with the iPod to redefine the home stereo system. iPod Hi-Fi
delivers breathtaking acoustic performance and room-filling sound unlike any
other speaker system designed for the iPod in an innovative, all-in-one design
that can be powered from a wall socket or by six D-cell batteries. iPod Hi-Fi
is easily controlled by the Apple Remote for an amazing stereo experience in
any room in the house.
  “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,” said
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.  “iPod Hi-Fi’s unrivaled acoustic performance and
stunning design is at home in any room in the house.”
  iPod Hi-Fi has been designed and engineered by Apple to deliver unrivaled
sound quality, realistic sound imaging and optimal audio performance. Its
clean, all-in-one design features a unique isolated enclosure system that
includes two custom designed wide-range speakers and a tuned, ported bass
system, minimizing vibration while maximizing sound quality and allowing users
to listen to their favorite music as it was intended with amazing sound
clarity and rich, deep bass. iPod Hi-Fi features handles to easily transport
your stereo anywhere, a removable front grille with precision-mounting clips,
touch-sensitive volume control buttons, the Apple Remote for easy song and
volume control from anywhere in the room, a universal power supply
incorporated into the all-in-one design so there’s no bulky power brick to
weigh it down, and the ability to power iPod Hi-Fi from six D-cell batteries
for true portability.
  Featuring seamless integration with all iPods with a dock connector, iPod
Hi-Fi automatically recharges your iPod while docked and displays features of
iPod that maximize the iPod Hi-Fi experience such as Tone Control, Large Album
Art mode and volume mirroring.* iPod Hi-Fi includes a dual-purpose 3.5-mm
auxiliary input that accepts either analog or digital signals for easy
connection to a wide range of audio sources. iPod Hi-Fi is compact and can be
powered by AC or six D-cell batteries, providing more flexibility than any
traditional home stereo and is perfect for use not only at home, but just
about anywhere you go without compromising sound quality.
  Apple today also announced new luxurious leather cases designed
specifically for the fifth generation iPod and iPod nano models. The Leather
Case for iPod is made with fine, hand-crafted Italian leather and features a
soft and durable interior lining for a secure fit, making it the perfect
carrying case for iPod or iPod nano.

  Pricing & Availability
  iPod Hi-Fi includes the Apple Remote, a removable grille, an AC power cord
and 10 Universal Dock adapters, and is available for $349 (US). The Leather
Case for iPod is available in 30GB and 60GB models as well as an iPod nano
model, each for $99 (US). iPod Hi-Fi and all models of the Leather Case for
iPod are available through the Apple Store(R) (, Apple’s retail
stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

  *Tone Control and Large Album Art features available with iPod nano and
fifth generation iPod.


  • Could someone please tell me how this re-invents home stereo?  It doesn’t even look like it re-invents iPod speaker accessories.  Yes, it’s supposedly got better sound; it also costs a whopping $350.  It had better sound like Nirvana is playing live in my bedroom.

    And I’m not even going to elaborate on what a waste of time that $100 leather case is.

    I loved the announcement of the new Mac Mini, but this iPod stuff is a disappointment to say the least.

    Beeblebrox had this to say on Feb 28, 2006 Posts: 2220
  • Well, I know I can’t change your mind, but the iPod HiFi can make you feel like your in an earthquake. Well I guess that can be a problem since you are in California. wink

    Frozonecold had this to say on Mar 06, 2006 Posts: 32
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