Who has an iPod Hi-Fi?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SkyBell, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    It seems like the Hi-Fi isn't very peopular.

    I just want to know how many MR members actaully have one.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I do and have written about it in many other threads before. ;)
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    It's too expensive for what it is......a hyped-up speaker. It may have decent or good sound, but I'm not paying $500-600 Australian for a speaker.

    It'll probably make a silent exit from Apple's lineup.
     
  4. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    I have one. I am considering selling it though, because I dont use it enough.
     
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Good sound costs money. Listen to it next to equivalent products and you'll hear and see the difference. I'd like an Audi but they're too expensive, they're just a hyped-up car.
     
  6. furious macrumors 65816

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    I bought the TDK Xa-40. For AU$50 it has a sub, and two middies. It is about 15cm by 15cm by 15cm, a cube (work that out you backwards Americans). So it is smaller, cheaper, and I think better looking.

    Only problem is it is to bassy for my liking (out of the box). This Problem is easily fixed in iTunes - Window - Equaliser.
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I'm not doubting that the sound quality is good or better than "equivalent" products from competitors like Bose, but the only thing that makes this speaker better than other, non-iPod related speakers, is the iPod Dock. I'd rather just go out and get a couple of speakers and a sub, and I think many people think the same way, as not too many people are buying the iPod Hi-Fi, or at least not at the Apple Reseller near my home.
     
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    However, those speakers won't take a set of batteries and go outside without needing any form of additional amplification. But yeah, I well understand if the conversion rate between the US & Aus dollar makes this an expensive product. Thought it was quite reasonably-priced here in the UK for what it was, which is an exceptionally well-designed and well-constructed piece of kit with a proper cabinet...
     
  9. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have one, but I do think it's a good product and is well priced for what it is over here in the UK. I just can't really justify buying one with the stereo equipment I already have.

    That's not to say I won't consider one later this year, when I hope to move to a bigger house than the flat I'm in now...
     
  10. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    I think it doesn't look very classy, it just sticks its *everything* out and doesn't blend in discretely with the rest of the decor
     
  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    It looks very classy. Granted, it's not covered in faux wood-grain and doesn't have a floral trim. So it depends on your decor...

    So many opinions from people that don't own one and have probably never used one. Sound familiar? ;)
     
  12. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    I used one yesterday and wasn't impressed to the tune of $350.

    Besides, I've got my old Technics stuff that does the job very well (for me). Sure it's got a big set of floor speakers, but truly good sound requires such things. As always, there are compromises (like when Bose sells the ol' "four sticks and a sub" junk).
     
  13. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    What kind of files were you playing on it? I think there's a space for it and for its size I can't see anything on the market here in the UK that remotely compares. For instance, I can't fit floor speakers into my kitchen nor could I take them outside. I have a main stereo for louder listening but that's not the same thing at all; it's a compact, smaller than most old 'ghetto-blasters' of yesteryear but far better sounding and far more capable of far higher undistorted sound levels. Reviews from all over the place say much the same thing...

    Anyway, I think I've made my enthusiasm clear, so I'll leave it there.
     
  14. iJon macrumors 604

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    I have a Hi-Fi and it sounds really good. Very loud and clear music. Do I think it's worth $350, no way. I also have a $450 1000w Onkyo System that blows away the Hi-Fi in every category.

    jon
     
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  16. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    Whatever the Apple Store had loaded into the iPod sitting atop the thing. :)

    Of course if I had different requirements with considerations like size and portability I'd have a different attitude towards the compact music players.

    For me, the good old rack component receiver setup is ideal, will always provide superior sound and has an affordable price.

    For instance, I am shopping for a new receiver with HDMI switching right now and a 700+ watt 7.1 with Dolby Pro Surround EX Logic DTS RSX THX IIfx Every-damn-confusing-decoder-brand-in-the-world™ unit is around $300. It'll hide in the closet and be wired behind the walls to each speaker.
     
  17. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    I think the unit is practical, useful, looks cool, sounds good, but indeed is pricey here in Australia. (as most Apple products are)

    the ability to go outdoors/mates, whatever with batteries is a big thumbs up!
     
  18. quagmire macrumors 603

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    I checked out a Hi-Fi when they came out. Compared them with the Bose sounddock( I own one as well). Sound quality was about the same, but the Hi-Fi does have better bass.
     

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