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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 12:39 PM   #1
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Verdict Is In: iPod Hi-Fi is sub-par, inadequate.

Opened our demo unit here in Halifax, and the quality is sub-par. I don't know what other reviewers say, but the bass in it is poor at best. At low-to-medium levels, it sounds alright, if not good, but crank it up or songs that require decent to awesome bass play alright if that. The boom-box doesn't "suck" so to speak, but it could have been substantially better. And the $429 price tag is absolutely ridiculous.

Good idea, Apple. Badly implemented. Maybe if I owned one, it would grow on me, but first impressions are bad impressions.
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Where did you listen to it? On a sales floor?

It's meant for a living room with the speakers at ear level. I have tested it and I think it sounds great, better than the Bose. I don't claim to be an audiophile at all but I think it sounds great.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 01:03 PM   #3
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Also, what was the audio source? Reviews I've read said that the Hi-Fi is good enough quality that poor compression really stands out. Was it an mp3 or aac? If so, what bitrate? Have you tested it with an Apple lossless encoded file ripped from an original CD?

Of course, if it was due to the audio being compressed, then that does make a valid point about whether you should buy the Hi-Fi to listen to your mp3 or iTMS collection.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 01:05 PM   #4
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It is still rather overpriced for a unit that does not have a CD player, does not have a FM radio, nor any other features many common stereo items have today. Many shelf systems with awsome sound cost less than the iPod hifi, which, IMO is a overpriced boombox.
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I'll wait to hear it for myself.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 01:26 PM   #6
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good point, madgunde. The files I listened to were Apple lossless and they sounded great on it.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 01:56 PM   #7
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I'm happy playing my ipod through my harman kardon hk385i receiver to Bose 201s (1981!).
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Where did you listen to it? On a sales floor?

It's meant for a living room with the speakers at ear level. I have tested it and I think it sounds great, better than the Bose. I don't claim to be an audiophile at all but I think it sounds great.
WOW Better than bose! Every bose product i've ever tried sounds like crap. Looks pretty though!

I'll have to go check out the hi-fi sometime, even though the specs look AWFUL.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 05:49 PM   #10
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i will stick with my BOSE Wall Dock, I love it to death!
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