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11. 02. 2005

iBall wireless iPod speaker

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It's a bit excessively cutely named, but Oregon Scientific's iBall speaker is a great little iPod accessory, especially if you live in a smallish space. iBall is wireless, so once you've docked your iPod in the base, you can take the speaker up to 100 feet away, and continue to listen to your music. Also, the speaker itself acts as a remote, so you can control your playlists without going back to the iPod. I have the Altec Lansing IM3, which I love, but when I'm moving around my apartment, I can't get the volume high enough to really hear the music from another room. Seems stupid, but plugging in and out is such a pain that I was considering getting a second set of mini speakers for my kitchen. I'm living in the biggest space, by far, of my grown-up life, but most places in my apartment would be in range if I placed the iBall centrally.

The iBall runs 6-8 hours on rechargeable batteries and also comes with an AC adaptor. When the iPod is docked, the iBall base charges the iPod and connectors are included for PC syncing. There's also a line-in, so you can use the speaker to listen to other stereo equipment. Also S-video and Stereo outs, for listening to your iPod through your home stereo or television.

The iBall is $299 and available from Oregon Scientific.

Posted by Mia    Category: devices
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mai:

I wonder, is this compatible with the newer iPod video?

Mia:

Oh, good question. The website says that the iball comes with seven adapters but that the Shuffle adapter is sold separately. Probably the iPod with video adapter will be available separately. I'll look into it.

For that price, you can buy some nice Bose or Klipsch speakers and live with the wires, because the sound will be booming with the base. I also have Altec mini speakers, but I use that for trips away from home while sacrificing the quality of sound for mobility. I doubt the sound can be that good out of this wireless ball.

mc:

You may be pleasantly surprised at the sound quality of this "wireless ball"....though, of course, it cannot compare with a chunky and heavy Klipsch system.

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