January 15, 2009
| by Rachel Cericola
When it comes to integrating the iPod into a hardwired, whole-house system, iPort is the mack-daddy. They took that tiny portable and showed homeowners how to use it as a media server, by simply popping it into yet another docking system.
Now they are kicking off 2009 with a new selection of Free-Standing (FS) products, also known as the FS2 series. Each one promises an updated feature set and a slick new design.
The new models support most dockable iPods, as well as 4th generation and newer iPods, iPhones and iPod touch models. With one touch, you can also sync with iTunes, via a USB port on either your Mac or PC. Video support is via the supplied component cable.
The FS-21 is $250. The FS-22 doubles that price for two-way RS-232 control options, which allows it to be used with many third-party controllers. Add one of the IW Main Board Upgrade Kit ($75 to $175) for new charging capabilities, better performance, and volume control. Each of the new offerings will be available this month.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.