iPod Hi-Fi

Which iPods does it work with?



The Design:  The iPod Hi-Fi comprises of a white case with black speakers and removable speaker grille. On both sides are handles, which have been built into the top of the rectangular shape. The Hi-Fi itself sits on a thin gray base.

It’s unfortunate that the look of the iPod Hi-Fi isn’t as striking as it should be, particularly given Apple’s strength in design. Removing the speaker grille does make it a more attractive system, but overall it’s a little bland.  

Using the iPod Hi-Fi

The iPod Hi-Fi sounds best at high volumes with the speaker grille removed. The bass is rich and there’s a high level of audio depth. Unless you’re an audiophile, it would be very hard to fault the sound quality of the Hi-Fi itself.

While the design tends to suggest that this is a good personal system, it produces much better sound when positioned several feet away, at ear level. This is really a whole room speaker system rather than a personal speaker system.


Audio clarity is slightly off but this is an audio file problem rather than a problem with the iPod Hi-Fi itself. If you’re using songs that have been bought from iTunes Music Store or that you’ve imported into iTunes as AAC or MP3 files – which is what most people do – these will not sound as clear as songs that are AIFF or WAV files. While more noticeable on a speaker system than it is when using headphones, this problem of clarity is much less obvious when the Hi-Fi is used at higher volumes.


The iPod itself sits in the Dock – which is located on the top of the iPod Hi-Fi. While this setup looks good, the iPod is in a precarious position, and it should be removed when moving the iPod Hi-Fi. The iPod Hi-Fi’s Dock is also able to charge the iPod.


On the front of the iPod Hi-Fi, in the bottom right-hand corner is a small light that flashes green for any command it’s able to complete and orange for any command it’s unable to complete.


Looking a bit like a miniature iPod nano, the included remote works well, although the control you have is limited to play/pause, skipping forwards/backwards between songs, and increasing/decreasing the volume.


The iPod Hi-Fi also comes with a selection of Dock Adapters – which are pieces of plastic that enable the various iPod sizes to work with the Hi-Fi’s Dock. In the box I tested, there were Dock Adapters for all iPods except for the 1GB iPod nano. A Dock Adapter for the 60GB iPod video wasn’t included either because that model is compatible with the Hi-Fi’s Dock.

iPods without a Dock Connecter – First-Generation and Second-Generation iPods, and the iPod shuffle – can connect to the iPod Hi-Fi via the audio-in jack on the back. Also on the back of the Hi-Fi is an AC power jack (power cable included in box), and a key that can be turned with a coin to open the battery space for six D-cell batteries.


Apple does tend to produce products that are very easy to use, but the iPod Hi-Fi loses points for being a little too simple for the asking price of $349 USD.

Final View

While the iPod Hi-Fi falls down in the design stakes – making it difficult to justify the price – the system is easy to use and the audio quality is hard to fault.


What’s in the box?

  • iPod Hi-Fi and removable grille.
  • Apple Remote.
  • iPod Universal Dock Adapters.
  • AC power cord.
  • Product documentation and user guide.

Technical Specifications

Height: 6.6 inches (167.6 mm)
Width: 17.0 inches (431.8 mm)
Depth: Including grille – 6.9 inches (175.3 mm)
Weight: Without batteries – 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg), with batteries – 16.7 pounds (7.6 kg)
Drivers: Two 80-mm wide-range; one 130-mm woofer
Frequency response: 53Hz to 16kHz ± 3 dB
Maximum peak sound pressure level: 108 dB at 1 m (AC), 102 dB at 1 m (DC)
Power: AC power via internal universal power supply or DC power via six D-cell batteries
Price: $349 USD.


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