iPod The iPod Hi-Fi is amazing. Just Wow

shuttaman

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I can't believe Apple failed with this.
I was able to get one for 150$ Canadian including a 60gb iPod Classic, and I bought a second unit off Ebay for 155$.

I bough it since my beats by dre Beatbox(Monster) died on me, and I must say its so much better than it. Crazy thing I got the beatbox in 2011, and the Hi-Fi came out in 2006!

Now I'll use both for my tv speakers and also for music.

If the HomePod is not as loud as the Hi-Fi Apple might as well not release the Homepod and just reintroduce the Hi-Fi with the Homepod features.

By the way anyone who has multiple iPod Hi-Fi is it better that I put them side by side in my room or far from each other for sound placement?
 

xxstatic

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I picked one up for $60 a few months back, I took it to work and use it daily in my office, all that did is make me regret not having one at home :)
So I have been on the lookout for another one, I did recently stumble into finding a Griffin Amplifi while I was searching for one, I grabbed it for only $20 so I figured it was low risk, surprisingly it's a decent rival to the Apple HiFi, so now at last I have something at home now.
 
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shuttaman

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I picked one up for $60 a few months back, I took it to work and use it daily in my office, all that did is make me regret not having one at home :)
So I have been on the lookout for another one, I did recently stumble into finding a Griffin Amplifi while I was searching for one, I grabbed it for only $20 so I figured it was low risk, surprisingly it's a decent rival to the Apple HiFi, so now at last I have something at home now.
Check out ebay if I could have a third one hooked up to my tv I'd get one haha. Having them both connected through an optical cable splitter is heaven like.
 
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MacGuyMI

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I found a 30 pin bluetooth connector by Cool Stream on Amazon and it works great with streaming from my iPhone/iPad.

Only issue has been a slight hum from the iPod Hi-Fi when connected to power and not streaming anything. Easy fix is to unplug when not in use.
 

xxstatic

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gnasher729

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On eBay in the UK someone seems to believe they are "collectors' items" with prices from £200 (much to expensive) to over £500 (absolutely ridiculous).
 

shuttaman

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On eBay in the UK someone seems to believe they are "collectors' items" with prices from £200 (much to expensive) to over £500 (absolutely ridiculous).
Best bet is to check ebay from time to time or Kijiji/craiglist or the equivalent of classified ads in the UK.
The same day found out about the Hi-Fi I went to look for it on kijiji and a person had put one for 150$ Canadian including an iPod classic 60gb for like 2 days I contacted them right away and got it the next day. Good thing he didn't know about how much people were trying to sell them online haha
 

Anonymous Freak

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Well, it failed because it was ridiculously overpriced at the time - and the iPhone came out soon after and didn't work with it. (The iPod Hi-Fi only supports charging the device over the Firewire pins of the Dock connector, not the USB pins - and later iPods, along with the iPhone, only support charging over the USB pins.)
 

kipiscool

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I own two of these. Purchased my original when they launched. Whoever commented that these were overpriced at launch is a dang fool. Nothing then or today sounds like this for $349. I enjoy it more than my $1,300 5-Driver customer in-ear monitors.

As far as paring them up left and right, I've done a bit of experimenting. I really wasn't happy with any of the results. It's as if a strange phasing issue occurs, balance just doesn't sound right. So I placed each back in their respective rooms and run them as AirPlay speakers using Airport Expresses.

I will continue to own these for as long as they keep working.
 
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Dimazlov

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I own two of these. Purchased my original when they launched. Whoever commented that these were overpriced at launch is a dang fool. Nothing then or today sounds like this for $349. I enjoy it more than my $1,300 5-Driver customer in-ear monitors.

As far as paring them up left and right, I've done a bit of experimenting. I really wasn't happy with any of the results. It's as if a strange phasing issue occurs, balance just doesn't sound right. So I placed each back in their respective rooms and run them as AirPlay speakers using Airport Expresses.

I will continue to own these for as long as they keep working.
There are some chinese FLAC players out there for the fraction of cost of original ipod classic today. I own two, as well as the classic, but they get the job done even with Beats, although u have to compromise with controls.
 

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Glad to see these are still doing well.

I have a pair of Apple’s iMac HK speakers connected to a lepai amplifier as my desktop speakers. Been looking for another pair to use in my kitchen to enhance the terrible TV speakers I use out there. Always been happy with any Apple audio product, so perhaps I should look for a hifi , as I do have a small shelf that would host that device well.

How have they been for those of you using audio out from an LCD TV? I always worry that the inverters for the backlighting would cause some type of hiss / hum. Perhaps I should look at updating that TV to an LED backlit, but, I have an issue throwing out / recycling good working tech...
 

G.McGilli

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Bought it when it came out after reading all the negative reviews. All of the reviews were... well seemingly by people who were not like me. I didn't mind spending $, and hell, i was listening to 128kbs music from an iPod, so how great did I need the sound quality to be? So yes, I could have bought a much cheaper product, but I loved the look of it....

(BTW it's sound quality excellent as I've found out in later years with higher quality sources).

I used to take it to work - and at lunch time there was a skate park nearby. I bought some high quality rechargeable D batteries, and would take it to the skate park and a bunch of us would crank it up. Heavy as hell, but worth it!

Now I've just been using it for about the last... 8 or 9? years as speakers for whatever Mac I have. Still have the original box, and the case with all the iPod adapters that came in it etc. Looked smoking hot with my white iPod in the day :)

http://www.minimallyminimal.com/blog/apple-ipod-hi-fi
 
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sshambles

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I think I found out somewhere close to them being released that they were announced and always wanted one and never thought I would. Got one, with it's box, all accessories - everything for cost price. The lady was hassled by her family about keeping the box and everything in it, but glad she stuck to her guns.

I recommended it to a cousin and my partner also has one. Gorgeous piece of technology. Great sound.
 

yellowbunny

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For UK people. There's loads on ebay. I got one a few weeks ago for £65. Added a £9 30pin bluetooth adapter from amazon. It's a beautiful thing.
 

WolfSnap

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Still use and love mine. Ordered the day it became available. Has been in use every day ever since.
So, apparently 11.2 gets rid of the iPod Hi-Fi settings UI.. For science, could you screenshot the settings screen and post it? Really curious. :)
 

Arran

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Thank you! :)
You're welcome. The pictures come via a series of dongles and adapters plugged into my Hi-Fi's dock connector:
1) A Scosche 30-pin firewire to 30-pin USB 'dock' adapter. (because orignal iPods charged over firewire only)
2) An Apple 30-pin to lightning adapter (the 9" cabled version)
3) An original white apple lightning dock stuck to the top of my Hi-Fi!

All that gives me a "lightning-dock Hi-Fi"! Not pretty, but great sound. Got it for $150 on clearance at Target ten years ago.

It'll still be going strong in 20 or 30 years because, unlike most Apple electronic products made now, it has NO built-in batteries. So nothing to fail (until the circuit boards give up the ghost, of course.)
 
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