— Home speaker maker Monitor Audio
is launching two new tabletop iPod/iPhone-docking
speaker systems the $499-suggested i-Deck 100
and $599 i-Deck 200, following up the 2005 launch
of the company’s first such system. Both incorporate
driver technologies from the company’s freestanding
Both two-way models are biamplified via digital active
crossovers to deliver phase-coherent audio without
losses. Each features Class D amplifier.
Both also feature APC (Automatic Position Correction)
technology that uses a built-in microphone and
DSP to calculate optimum response for free space,
wall or corner placement. Bass Level management
(BLM) technology maintains optimum sound balance
at lower listening levels. Power limiters prevent audible
A rigid, die-cast metal dock arm pivots and connects
to all iPod types without adapters. The cabinets use
mineral-filled polymer for rigidity and acoustic damping.
Curved panels suppress internal audio reflections. The devices also feature internal power supply and
3.5mm auxiliary input.
The i-Deck 100 features two 3-inch bass drivers
and two 0.75-inch metal-dome tweeters, the former
driven by 2×30-watt amp and the latter by a 2×15-
watt amp. The i-Deck 200 features two 4-inch bass
drivers and two 1-inch tweeters driven respectively
by a 2×50-watt amp and a 2×25-watt amp. Both
have just begun shipping.