UK’s New i-deck Ignites a British Invasion for the iPod Revolution
By Mike Hanlon
August 11, 2005
August 12, 2005 The iPod continues to go from strength to strength, fueling an accessory industry that’s bigger than anyone could have possibly dreamt of. Now, there’s a new bent on the iPod accessory from UK loudspeaker technology company, Monitor Audio. The i-deck transforms an iPod from a personal technology digital music player into a stereo sound system with audiophile quality and the sleek looks to match. The i-deck’s functionality permits continuous playback when the user docks their iPod, so you no longer have to restart songs or playlists. The i-deck also sports a credit card sized RF remote that can control the i-deck from anywhere in the house and the unit also recharges iPods during playback.
The i-deck’s two-way speakers each have a bass driver and Monitor Audio’s trademark gold dome tweeter to create punchy bass and articulate high and mid frequency audio. The separate speakers can be placed next to the amplifier/dock or apart from it, giving listeners flexibility to set up the system in any room.
A perfect match for iPod, i-deck is provided with easily interchangeable bezels, making it an equally attractive home for iPod 3G, iPod 4G, iPod color, iPod mini and iPod Photo. A 30 pin port allows you to synchronize operation with your PC or Mac via USB or Firewire. An additional auxiliary input allows you to hook up a wide range of other equipment sources too, including iPod Shuffle, MiniDiscs, CD players, radios and more.
Designed and manufactured by Monitor Audio, a company with a 30-year reputation in building high-end loudspeakers, the i-deck retails at a price starting at US$349.