Apple iPod Hi-Fi
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: M9867LL/A
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CNET editors' review
price range: $799.99
- Reviewed by: James Kim
- Edited by: Jasmine France
- Reviewed on: 03/06/2006
The good: The well-built Apple iPod Hi-Fi possesses excellent sound quality for a one-piece system, and it has lightning-quick controls, particularly when using the bundled remote control. It's also visually appealing and includes design features such as a built-in power brick, handles, and battery operation. A digital (S/PDIF) line-in and a complete set of dock adapters round out the positives.
The bad: The Apple iPod Hi-Fi sounds only marginally better than its competition but costs much more. Despite the remote's menu button, you can't navigate the iPod's menu. There is no video line-out, headphone jack, or dock-connector output. The Hi-Fi's weight and size take away from its portability. Poorly encoded audio sounds terrible, and the speakers sound much better with higher-quality files/sources.
The bottom line: The pricey Apple iPod Hi-Fi portable stereo speakers are well built and sound great, but they don't bring anything new to the table.
Go and Listen to the Hi-fi!!!!
by whiskeydesign on March 4, 2006
Pros: The Sound is rich, full, and amazingly loud! Quality craftmanship, you can feel and hear, and sleek design.
Cons: Does not come with optical or anolog cables, no travel bag or strap, and does not have airport express built-in.
Summary: At my local Apple store I was able to drown out the stores music, crowd noise, and still clearly make out the ColdPlay song, I'm not the biggest coldplay ...
Summary: At my local Apple store I was able to drown out the stores music, crowd noise, and still clearly make out the ColdPlay song, I'm not the biggest coldplay fan but it made me want to purchase one. As I waited in the casher line at the Apple Store, many stood listening to the Hi-Fi, some others went about the many ipod cases and accessories, most where being assisted by the employee's. Then they lined behind me, as employees were quickly going to the back and coming out with multiple box's of Hi-Fi's which were placed behind the register with the peoples other Apple gadgets.
In the quiet confines of my Home the Hi-Fi produces amazing sound quality. I own high end loudspeakers and amp of significant weight, power, and better sound quality then the Hi-Fi but they are not very practical. They don't work in my bedroom, home office, kitchen... (better half would kill me if they were in either rooms). The Hi-Fi is the best at what it is, an all in one quality speaker system for the ipod.
Since I'm listening to the Hi-fi I want one more for the house and attach both of them to airport expresses so I can go bedroom to office and enjoy music, but still have the ability to through my ipod on one and just listen to what I feel like .
A helpful review I have found so far was http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/comments/ipod-hi-fi-high-fidelity-speaker-system-for-ipod/
Go and check the hi-fi out first hand, I have a feeling you will dig them as much a I do.
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very impressive sound quality, like the simple design
by hayes_philip on March 7, 2006
Pros: Excellent sound quality
Cons: No USB pass through to an airtunes adapter
Summary: Unpacked my HiFi yesterday and have been very impressed by the sound quality. It's absolutely ideal for a large room where you don't want cables etc. all over ...
Summary: Unpacked my HiFi yesterday and have been very impressed by the sound quality. It's absolutely ideal for a large room where you don't want cables etc. all over the place.
One thing I would have liked to have seen was a USB connector so that the remote could control itunes via an airtunes adapter.
P.S there has been some amazing amount of crap written recently about how terrible this device is.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Please listen before judging!
by UnrealTard on March 9, 2006
Pros: Clean, powerful sound, nice imaging, battery capability.
Cons: Heavy for transporting regularily, remote not fully integrated.
Summary: For those of you "reviewing" the Apple iPod Hi-Fi without actually hearing it, I suggest you listen to it rather than judge from your keyboard. It's an audio device ...
Summary: For those of you "reviewing" the Apple iPod Hi-Fi without actually hearing it, I suggest you listen to it rather than judge from your keyboard. It's an audio device for crying out loud. Ok, enough of the rant.
I have it in my office and really appreciate the overall sound quality of the unit. Is it audiophile quality? No. However, it is wonderfully clean, powerful and images very well for such a compact unit. I have very nice audio equipment in my home and wouldn't dream of comparing it to truly hi-end systems. However, I'm extremely pleased with the overall sound quality. In my mind, well worth the price when compared to other similarly positioned systems in the market. I also like the battery option as it will travel on occasion to locations without AC access. I wouldn't want to carry it around all the time but an occasional foray into the wilderness will work.
I really only have two gripes. First, I own a Gen4 iPod so I don't get the treble/bass adjustability that is embedded in the Gen5 iPods my wife and son have. However, the equalizer controls on my Gen4 seem to work nicely with the unit. Secondly, it would be nice to have a fully functional remote that would truly mirror all the click wheel operations of the iPod. The limited controls on the supplied remote don't quite cut it.
Listen and decide for yourself. My office mates are very impressed as am I.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
This is much better than the competition. Kim's ears are clogged.
by grooves on March 7, 2006
Pros: The first iPod audio peripheral that actually sounds like a decent audio system
Cons: The bulk. But you want bass? There are no "magic" solutions
Summary: For $50 more than Bose's mediocre sounding MusicDoc you get a slice of genuine audiophile sound. This piece has lithe, reasonably deep and tight bass, smooth mids and extended ...
Summary: For $50 more than Bose's mediocre sounding MusicDoc you get a slice of genuine audiophile sound. This piece has lithe, reasonably deep and tight bass, smooth mids and extended highs, but more than lows, mids and highs, it actually integrates the three into a musical experience that exists outside the bounds of the box, creating a musically seamless whole. The iPod Hi-Fi played louder without strain and has far greater dynamic range than any of the competiton. It's bargain priced. Mr. Kim's comments indicate to me that he is clueless about good sound if he thinks this piece is only "marginally" better sounding than the shrill, boxy, bassless competition. I'd like him to name names, when he says it's only marginally better. Do yourself a favor and go listen for yourself. This piece was designed by an experienced audiophile designer and you can hear it, if you care to listen. If you don't hear the difference stick with the shrill junk that is most of what's out there....
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by artgoi on March 5, 2006
Pros: a great sound system
Cons: not portable
Summary: i think that something a LOT of people dont see is that the handles arent there for portability. they are there because it is so heavy! otherwise it would be ...
Summary: i think that something a LOT of people dont see is that the handles arent there for portability. they are there because it is so heavy! otherwise it would be very difficult to lift and carry! apart from that, it sounds awesome, but its nifty price doesnt make it worth buying. it MIGHT be the best sounding, but other options are enough for most.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Plays loud but sounds terrible
by audiotronic on March 4, 2006
Pros: The unit can fill a room with sound
Cons: The sound is very muddy and colored, especially off-axis
Summary: After listening to them side-by-side, the Hi-Fi is decidedly inferior to both the Bose SoundDock and the Klipsch iGroove in terms of sound quality. It makes a bit more bass--not ...
Summary: After listening to them side-by-side, the Hi-Fi is decidedly inferior to both the Bose SoundDock and the Klipsch iGroove in terms of sound quality. It makes a bit more bass--not surprising considering the large cabinet--but the frequency response is quite poor, especially when you are not sitting directly in front of the unit. I'm very disappointed with my purchase: almost zero features, poor audio quality, and a high price tag. Not a winning combination, and gets two thumbs down.
5 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
by gadwg on February 28, 2006
Pros: Typcial Apple genre
Cons: No bluetooth, no wifi, nothing special.
Summary: Yes, it is the typically, beautifully designed Apple product but it is not that special. Apple should create what consumers now need rather than something they can already get, and ...
Summary: Yes, it is the typically, beautifully designed Apple product but it is not that special. Apple should create what consumers now need rather than something they can already get, and at a lower price.
Give us a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth enabled Ipod and, better yet, give us all in one in a phone/smart phone. All the Apple loyalists will still rant and rave but I, another Apple fan, am disappointed.
9 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
No headphone jack? Uhhhh....what? CNET is retarded.
by kntgsp on March 7, 2006
Pros: Great sound and design, especially portability. Works with all ipods.
Cons: No video out. Remote doesn't navigate the menu on screen.
Summary: You rate "no headphone jack" as a negative? What the heck, is CNET retarded? If you want to use the headphone jack, take out the ipod and use your headphones.... ...
Summary: You rate "no headphone jack" as a negative? What the heck, is CNET retarded? If you want to use the headphone jack, take out the ipod and use your headphones.... That is the most asinine thing I have ever heard.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Gets A Bad Rap, But Go Listen to It
by rewerb on March 4, 2006
Pros: GREAT SOUND, High Volume Level, Looks Good
Cons: No Video Out, Not in All Black.
Summary: This system sounds great. I went to my local apple store to get my iPod fixed, and was amazed by the sound quality. It sounded like listening to a cd, ...
Summary: This system sounds great. I went to my local apple store to get my iPod fixed, and was amazed by the sound quality. It sounded like listening to a cd, not a comressed mp3, and was by far loud enough without any negative sounds when turned up high, unlike with apple earbuds. It is a great product!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good stuff from Apple.
by Dean812 on March 4, 2006
Pros: Industrial smart design.
Cons: A bit pricey, but hey it IS an Apple.
Summary: An amazing product to say the least. Anyone with a TRUE ear for music and its sonic breakdown will appreciate the iPod Hi-Fi. Great seperation. Amazing response. No muddied bass ...
Summary: An amazing product to say the least. Anyone with a TRUE ear for music and its sonic breakdown will appreciate the iPod Hi-Fi. Great seperation. Amazing response. No muddied bass at high volume. It is bascialy the best sound that is accoustically possible for this size a speaker system. It redefines what the iPod speaker systems available SHOULD sound like. Get one before they go on a waiting list, which they are certainly going to do.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: M9867LL/A
- Description: Say goodbye to the bulky expensive stereo and wall of CDs. iPod Hi-Fi puts out such natural, room-filling sound - with clear stereo separation - that you'd think you were listening to a multi-speaker setup. But no, it's a single, gorgeous unit that can fit almost any bookshelf, tabletop, or entertainment center. Any iPod with dock connector plugs easily into the integrated Universal Dock for iPod. With newer iPod models, you can view full-screen album art and even tweak the tone settings on iPod Hi-Fi to get the best sound depending on the room or type of music. Of course, iPod Hi-Fi will charge any docked iPod when it's on AC power. On DC power, you can also get a 30-minute quick charge. Put iPod Hi-Fi in a place of honor in your living room. Or pop in six D-cell batteries, grasp the sleek, reinforced handles, and take it with you. Wherever you are, iPod Hi-Fi is ready to play the soundtrack of your life. Control volume and switch between sound sources from up to 30 feet away with the Apple Remote. When listening to your iPod, you can also play/pause and skip forward and back between songs. Connect a second, external music source to the standard 3.5mm analog/digital optical input port. Ideal for your DVD player, gaming console, AirPort Express with AirTunes, even an iPod shuffle or other iPod without a dock connector.
- Product type Speakers
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17 in x 6.9 in x 6.6 in
- Weight 14.6 lbs
- Color White
- Enclosure material Plastic
- Speaker Type Active
- Woofer size (inches) 130 mm,
- Response bandwidth 53 - 16000 Hz
- Output features Bass Reflex
- Audio amplifier Integrated
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Controls Input selector,
- Detachable grilles Yes
- Connector type 1 x IPod docking,
1 x SPDIF input ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm / optical )
- Driver details Subwoofer : 1 x Woofer driver - 130 mm - Dual Voice Coil,
Portable speaker : 2 x Full-range driver - 80 mm
Compatibility | Accessories
- MP3 | Smartphone | Tablet compatibility iPod (4G),
iPod with video (5G),
iPod with color display
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Remote control,
iPod adapter kit,
- Remote control Remote control
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Type Standard battery - D type
- Required Qty 6
- Included Qty 0