St. Louis — The iLive division of Digital Products (DPI) has begun shipping its next wave of iPod-docking home and portable audio systems, which include its first iPod-docking AM/FM boombox, its third iPod-docking CD-boombox and a foldable portable speaker system for travelers.
The division this month also re-priced its iHT3807 one-piece tabletop docking station with AM/FM to an expected everyday $149 from $199.
iLive shipped its first iPod-docking products in the second half of 2006. They consisted of an AM/FM/CD boombox, a desktop speaker system, an alarm clock, an undercabinet AM/FM radio and a 2.1-channel AM/FM/DVD music/video system.
Currently, 11 iLive products are shipping, including the latest AM/FM/CD-boombox a $79.99 retro-look iBCD2817DP available in black, white or pink options to match iPods of those colors. It operates on AC or nine C batteries, features connections to a home stereo system and comes with composite-video output to send iPod videos to a connected TV set. Its remote controls the play, pause, skip and search functions of an iPod and the slot-load CD player, plus all speaker functions.
The 2817 follows the June shipment of a $99.99 AM/FM/CD boombox, the iBCD3817DT, which adds side-firing woofers, digital AM/FM tuner, larger display, EQ presets and higher power, using eight D batteries.
The brand’s first iPod-docking AM/FM boombox is the $49.99 iBR2807DP, available in black and white and the iPod pink, green and blue colors. The retro-style unit features blue backlit six-digit LCD display, composite-video output audio outputs,
The foldable portable speaker system is the $69.99 iC2807, which features digital clock and alarm function that lets users wake up to iPod music. It operates on AC, four AA batteries or optional rechargeable battery that recharges via the device’s built-in recharger. It comes with remote, composite-video output,
The re-priced tabletop speaker system with AM/FM is the $149 iHT3807DT, a one-piece unit with retractable, motorized iPod dock, ported woofer, clock, timer and SRS’s TruBass technology. It offers remote with advanced iPod control and comes in silver or black housing.
Another available product is the iHT3817DT, a $299.99 iPod-docking 2.1-channel sound bar for use with flat-panel TVs. A version with 5.1-channel virtual surround is not yet available. That model is the $399 iHT8817DT, which adds DVD player, AM/FM tuner and SRS Labs’s TruSurround HD4 virtual 5.1 surround technology to deliver all five surround channels.
DPI also markets products under the GPX, WeatherX and Go Video brands. Under the Go Video brand, DPI has developed home and portable DVD SKUs and home audio SKUs but not TV. Another company licenses the Go Video brand for TVs.