December 02, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Docks for iPods might not be coming out on a seemingly daily basis like they used to, but we’ve still seen some innovative ones lately.
Marantz and its sturdy line of components is getting an iPod dock addition to the family. The company has introduced its Bluetooth-capable IS301 Wireless Dock for iPod that it plans to show off at CES and make available in January.
The IS301 system contains:
- A compact handset (IS301) that attaches to the iPod
- A base unit (IS301DS) that can be placed tabletop or on-wall
- An RX unit (IS301RX) that offers wired connection to your entertainment system
You can access your iPod content—both audio and video—wired or wirelessly with the IS301, plus you can use the system for basic handheld controls for your entertainment setup, like power on/off, input select and volume.
With the RX unit connections include analog audio L/R, component, S-video and composite video. There’s also an IR flasher input and RS232C control and you can link it to any device that supports Bluetooth A2DP.
You’ll be scrolling through all of your CDs, photos and videos in a mini media server-like fashion in no time. Look for the IS301 with an SRP of $250.
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