JVC is still at the iPod speaker dock game but at least its latest offering bucks the norm and is actually different. Bonus points for that. The XS-SR3 features tubular speakers that are supposed to help simulate surround sound. The dock also holds the iDevice either vertically or horizontally, just like the B&W Zeppelin Mini I reviewed previously. But unlike that iPod speaker dock, this JVC model is actually affordable with a $149 MSRP.
NEW UNIQUELY-DESIGNED JVC iPOD DOCK FEATURES DOLBY VIRTUAL SURROUND
New JVC XS-SR3 personal theater holds iPods vertically or horizontally.
WAYNE, NJ, December 16, 2009 – A new JVC iPod speaker system features a unique wraparound design, Dolby Virtual Surround, and a dock that like most docks holds an iPod vertically for music listening, but also can cradle it horizontally – ideal for widescreen viewing of video.
The new JVC XS-SR3 surround dock is a sleek, glossy black speaker tube with a curved design that allows the iPod to nestle between the speakers. The iPod holder rotates for viewing video in widescreen mode and comes with four clips to hold selected iPod models. The speakers’ powerful neodymium magnets ensure clean, crisp sound, while Dolby Virtual Surround creates the illusion of a wider sound field when viewing video content. Power output is five watts and the system features two audio inputs, one analog and one digital optical. A remote control is included.
In addition to its function as an iPod speaker dock, the XS-SR3 can also be used as computer speaker system.
The JVC XS-SR3 is available this month for $149.95.