— 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 speakers.
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 distortion.
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 2x30-watt amp and the latter by a 2x15- watt amp. The i-Deck 200 features two 4-inch bass drivers and two 1-inch tweeters driven respectively by a 2x50-watt amp and a 2x25-watt amp. Both have just begun shipping.