Yeah, speaker docks for Apple's iPod or iPhone come in just about all shapes, sizes and color these days, but relatively few of them are as stylish and as elegant as the Conran ‘Speaker Dock’ for iPods and iPhones, developed by Armour Home.
Created by the legendary (well, at least in the design world) Studio Conran, the device combines an elegant design aesthetic with an impressive audio
performance engineered by Q Acoustics.
Describing the new model, Sir Terence Conran, a leading figure in British design for more than fifty years, stated: “It is a dedicated 100% pure music player, that works with docked iPhones and iPods or wirelessly with Bluetooth enabled devices such as the iPad, allowing you to select songs from the comfort of an armchair or, if it’s your thing, while dancing around the room.”
In addition to its ability to play “wired audio” from physically docked iPods and iPhones
, the Conran Audio speaker dock can also play ‘wireless audio’ streamed remotely from Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) enabled portable media players, tablet computers, smartphones and laptops.
Furthermore, the Conran dock’s in-built Bluetooth receiver chip is compatible with ‘apt-X’, the high-performance audio coding technology from CSR which transmits CD-quality full-bandwidth stereo over Bluetooth connections.
To enable users to view menus as they wish, the dock assembly rotates, allowing iPhones and iPod Touches to be docked in either vertical or horizontal mode.
Additionally, the dock boasts six preset audio equalisation settings
to optimise its performance for different musical genres, that are user selectable via the elegant remote control.
The device sports some very decent audio specs as well, such as a frequency response range of 75Hz – 20KHz, achieved with the help of 2 x 75mm bass/mid drivers and 2 x 30mm tweeters.
The overall power output has been set at 2 x 15 Watts, while the standby power consumption is lower than 1 Watt.
The new Speaker Dock, which will be available in both white and black finishes, is expected to go on sale late January 2010, priced at 250 pounds sterling (roughly 400 US dollars).