By Lisa Johnston
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Sakar International presented its SoundFX Sound View at International CES early in January, a unit which “supersizes” both images and sound for video-capable iPods. The portable device magnifies a video-capable iPod screen up to 300 percent, while “high-quality” external speakers allow users to enjoy enhanced playback of any video and/or audio file.
The all-in-one device features a cradle designed specifically for the iPod video, allowing users to sit back and enjoy any song or video hands-free, said Sakar. Twin stereo speakers positioned on each side of the unit provide “exceptional” simplified sound, while a side headphone jack makes an iPod connection “easy” for personal listening.
The base of the SoundFX Sound View swivels and adjusts into a number of different positions. The compact unit operates up to 12 hours using four AAA batteries, and includes an AC jack when 120V current is available.
Suggested retail is $29.99 and it will begin shipping in the first quarter.
The Edison, N.J.-based company's new Sound Machine is a portable docking station that maximizes audio and gaming enjoyment anytime, anywhere, said Sakar. Designed for Sony PSP game systems as well as most digital music players, the device puts everything users could want in a single, easy-to-carry unit. It features two pop-up peripheral speakers that generate stereo sound and converts PSPs and digital music players into portable multi-media centers.
The Sound Machine includes a five-button remote control and traveling bag. Sold through Sakar's Maximo Gaming Concepts division, the unit has a suggested $49.99 retail and begins shipping in the first quarter.
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