New York - The inaugural
series of iPod-docking speaker systems from
steps up the company's top-end price point to $499, introduces a new curved styling, and features the company's first models with free iPhone/iPod Touch apps to add features.
They're also the company's first iPod-docking speaker systems to dock with iPhone and iPods with their protective cases on.
All are certified as Works with iPhone.
The models, all one-piece units ranging in price from $69.99 to $499, just became available online, and all but the $69.99 model became available at Apple stores, a spokeswoman said.
The free app for all five models adds alarm clock, equalization settings, and sleep timer functions to docked iPod Touches and iPhones.
At the top of the line, the company said, the $499.99 DS 9000 features audiophile-quality two-way drivers, 100-watt output, remote, and a curved-back chassis made of natural wood, fabric and metal. A proximity sensor lights up a back-lit control panel when someone approaches.
At the bottom of the lineup, the $69.99 DS1100 consists of a round base with top-mounted dock and embedded speakers, omnidirectional sound, and clock that synchronizes with an iPhone/iPod clock when docked. It also features USB port to charge a connected portable device.
Stepping up to $79.99, the DS3000 features curved back, AC/DC operation, and iPod/iPhone synchronization with a connected PC. The DS7550 at $99.99 features AC/DC operation, slim design to take on the go, scratch-resistant coating and protective case, aux input and Philips's wOOx bass enhancement.
The $199.99 DS8500 comes with curved back, 30-watt output, remote and proximity sensor to light up backlit controls.