January 13, 2012 by Rachel Cericola
It’s been about four years since Polk Audio added anything new to its I-Sonic line. Apparently, the newly announced I-Sonic Entertainment System 3 (IES3) is worth the wait.
Polk promises audiophile-worthy performance from the IES3, despite its compact form factor. That small size means that you can squeeze stellar sound into pretty much any corner of the home, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the back deck.
That “I” in the title should tell you that the IES3 works well with iPods and iPhones. It does that nicely, using a 4-speaker array that promises stereo imaging on all sides of the system. That should make every seat in the room a sweet one.
Other features include Polk’s patented PowerPortBass venting technology, a universal docking connection, a 20-station AM/FM tuner, and an auxiliary input for connecting other devices. It also has a clock with a snooze/sleep alarm and timer, so you don’t need multiple devices on that nightstand.
“This latest generation of Polk’s I-Sonic is a sonic leap forward, designed for those who love to hear everything in their music and want more out of a tabletop audio system,” says Al Baron, Polk’s product line manager. “We’ve made important upgrades with higher power amplification, audiophile-grade speakers and new DSP processing, which lets the IES3 play louder and clearer, with bigger bass and better imaging. Music lovers can now get deeply satisfying ‘main room’ sound anywhere in the house, easily and affordably.”
Polk says that the IES3 will start shipping in the spring. Expect the compact tabletop radio to have an MSRP of $299.95.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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