iPod Hi-Fi - Anybody got one?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 8, 2006
I was wondering if anybody got the iPod Hi-Fi and if so, how does it sound?

I was thinking about buying one for my fiance but want to make sure it sounds good. It will only need to fill a small room approximately 20 square meters.


macrumors 603
Jan 28, 2005
American Riviera
My good friend down the street has one, and it sounds great. I'd say at least as good as my Bose SoundDock, and likely better. 20 square meters will be no problem. Have you listened to one in a store nearby?


Mar 4, 2006
Blue Velvet has one and brought it along to the London picnic. It's quite impressive sound wise, certainly better than my Bose SoundDock, and being able to run off batteries is a nice plus.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 8, 2006
yea, i think having the option to run it off batteries is pretty cool.

i've listened to it in the store but it's a very different environment to where it will really be used. then again, i guess it can only sound better at home vs in a large shop with a high ceiling and lots of background noise.


macrumors 68000
Feb 14, 2004
I really wouldn't bother. It's very overpriced for the sound quality you get out of it.

If you need portability: the Logitech mm50 wins hands down for value. Under £70 (from Amazon), built-in rechargeable battery etc.

If you don't need portability: buy a hi-fi amplifier and some bookshelf speakers. You can get both for less than the price of the iPod Hi-Fi, and will blow it away in sound quality and is a better long-term investment. Budget for an iPod Dock if you haven't got one for the best sound output.

In fact, you can buy both options for the same or not much more than just the iPod Hi-Fi.


macrumors G3
Jun 3, 2006
One Nation Under Gordon
There's sound and there's usability.

The iPod Hi-Fi / Sounddock can be beaten in terms of quality, and far bested for sonic imaging (since you can place the speakers apart) by a powered monitor costing £150. However after you've added a charger, universal dock and remote that's up to £220.

At this level, you won't be hanging in front of the speakers listening to every nuance so I say consider your use carefully. The 'separates' option may sound better especially to the audionerd but the Hi-Fi is more casually usable. It is however in my opinion fugly, but I use it more often than the powered monitor / dock. Don't quite know why. I just like using it better.