If you went shopping for electronics this past weekend, you likely noticed the assorted piles and piles of accessories that are available for iPods. Hell, even a trip I made into an Apple store last night left me bleary-eyed from the speaker/docking station options alone. So is it really worth it to mention the officially launched iSymphony M Series? Yep.
Unlike most of the docking systems on the market, the iSymphony M Series does its best to be a complete system for audio entertainment. For starters, the iPod dock works with all dockable models, including the Shuffle, which tends to get shafted by most systems. A multi-format memory card reader lets you load up a card with music for playback or you can go old-school and just listen to CDs on the built-in player, which will handle MP3 discs, too.
The speakers look pretty formidable as well, with 4-inch cone woofers and 1-inch tweeters. There are two models available, the M1 and M2 selling for $199 and $299, respectively. The difference is the M2 comes with a progressive-scan DVD player, which can playback DivX discs in addition to DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW , CD-DA, SVCD, VCD, CD-R/RW, and MP3 discs.
Full specs on the systems, along with the company’s other iPod offerings, can be had at its Web site.