Despite the fact that the iRhythms can highlight the limitations of the iPod’s MP3 playback capability, this still represents an excellent companion for your little Apple player, no matter what format you own. The simplicity of being able to just dump your iPod on the dock, grab the remote control and fill your room with your entire music collection is very compelling. I also think that many users will be pleasantly surprised at just how good their iPod sounds when being pumped through these speakers.
One last point worth mentioning is that these speakers are magnetically shielded, so you’ll have no problem placing them near a CRT television or monitor. If you’ve seen what non-shielded speakers can do to a cathode ray tube, you’ll understand why this is important.
With a retail price of around £125, Acoustic Authority will be making things pretty tough for the competition. There are a lot of other speaker docks available at around this price, but I haven’t listened to any that can hold a candle to the iRhythms. Put simply, if you want to be able to open your iPod library to a wider audience, or just annoy your neighbours, you want these speakers!
With more and more consumers carrying their whole music collections on their iPod, it makes sense to be able to playback all that content in a less “personal” way. The iRhythms provide a simple way to amplify your iPod, while maintaining the highest level of sound quality that the source can produce.
Considering the price point, the sound quality, design and overall finish of the iRhythms, this speaker set is outstanding. This may not be an official Apple product, but it looks, feels and sounds like it could be.
Note: The iRythms will be available to purchase in the UK towards the end of March 2006, from Scan, Micro Anvika and most iPod retailers.