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September 28, 2011

In addition to docking an iDevice, the iTree is also compatible with a wireless LAN stream...

In addition to docking an iDevice, the iTree is also compatible with a wireless LAN streaming technology by ARCAM or CD player input - it can even be custom-fitted with a vinyl turntable

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While you might be tempted to think the Wall of Sound is one of the biggest music player docks you've ever seen, it doesn't quite live up to the huge proportional potential of the iTree iPhone and iPod docking station from Austrian design house KMKG STUDIO. The dock is carved from a simple tree trunk, its rear-mounted speakers are pointed towards a wall to reflect the audio and the wood serves to resonate the sound in a similar fashion to a piano or violin.

We've seen numerous variations on the iPod dock theme grace the pages of Gizmag over the years - from the arty to the iconic to the, frankly, odd. Now it's the turn of nature to nudge her way into the arena with an expertly hollowed out tree trunk featuring mounted high-end speakers, that's said to result in optimum sound quality.

Exploded view of the iTree iPhone and iPod docking station

Designed and built in cooperation with speaker manufacturer Trenner & Friedl, iTree's audio technology has a frequency response of 45Hz to 40kHz, 4 Ohm impedance and a sensitivity of 88dB (2.83 V/m). The speakers are hidden from view at the rear of the unit, pointing towards a wall that's used as a reflector - which is said to offer the listener a "voluminous yet defined acoustic spatial experience."

Buyers can currently choose from either cherry, poplar or spruce (but the designers also say that they are open to customers supplying their own tree trunk), and can determine the size of the trunk to be used and even what technology is included. Carpenters in the Steirische Vulkanland region of southern Austria are employed to shape, hollow out and lovingly finish the trunk casing by hand.

In addition to docking an iDevice, the iTree is also compatible with wireless LAN streaming technology by ARCAM and/or CD player input - it can even be custom-fitted with a vinyl turntable.

Each iTree is a unique creation, and as such carries a starting price of EUR 11,000 (US$14,982) - extra options include making the device compatible with Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming technology, and a special version for the iPad.

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Paul Ridden While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.   All articles by Paul Ridden
4 Comments

Nice and Compact!!!

David Foxall
28th September, 2011 @ 05:48 am PDT

What a waste...

One tree for a person.. just for nothing...

halofirst
28th September, 2011 @ 07:07 am PDT

It seems really decadent. Would not be if one made it themselves but as a "manufactured" product at $15K. Decadent.

Page Schorer
28th September, 2011 @ 11:43 am PDT

"the wood serves to resonate the sound in a similar fashion to a piano or violin."

Musical instruments should resonate, speakers shouldn't. Otherwise they colour the sound. The exception is where the enclosure works in a controlled way to smooth out the woofer's natural resonance such as in a bass reflex system. That's why concrete can be used to make quite a good speaker enclosure.

warren52nz
28th September, 2011 @ 01:10 pm PDT
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