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Phonofone II iPod Passive Amplification Speaker

Phonofone II iPod Speaker (Images courtesy Unica Home)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the Phonofone II might appear to have closer ties to the RCA brand, it’s actually designed to complement your iPod with its sleek, white, ceramic finish. Designed by Tristan Zimmermann, what’s truly unique about this speaker is that it doesn’t contain any electronics whatsoever, but relies on your iPod’s earbuds as its analog audio source.

Instead of connecting it directly to the headphone jack like with most speakers, you actually leave your earphones connected and place them in the Phonofone’s resonance chamber. Using the virtues of horn acoustics, the speaker promises to boost the audio output coming from those earphones up to 55 decibels, or roughly equivalent to the max volume on a pair of laptop speakers. But instead of getting “trebly buzzing” as the website accurately describes it, you get warm, resonant sound.

The speaker should be available sometime in April from Unica Home for the tidy sum of $500.

[ Phonofone II iPod Speaker ] VIA [ GeekSugar ]







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  • http://www.charlesandmarie.com Chu

    Phonofone is manufactured by Charles & Marie, with Limited Edition Black Phonofones available April 18th, http://www.charlesandmarie.com

  • Ronald

    Good stuff.

    I know that a site has a wide variety of such products

    http://www.sourcingmap.com/ipod-speakers-c-983_

    um.. actually i never use these, the point is choose a right headphone, the headphones are best appreciated alone. but these speakers are ideal for social settings where you want to share your tunes with a few others or when you're milling around your hotel room getting ready for a night out on the town.

  • Ronald

    Good stuff.

    I know that a site has a wide variety of such products

    http://www.sourcingmap.com/ipod-speakers-c-983_

    um.. actually i never use these, the point is choose a right headphone, the headphones are best appreciated alone. but these speakers are ideal for social settings where you want to share your tunes with a few others or when you're milling around your hotel room getting ready for a night out on the town.

  • Ronald

    Good stuff.

    I know that a site has a wide variety of such products

    http://www.sourcingmap.com/ipod-speakers-c-983_

    um.. actually i never use these, the point is choose a right headphone, the headphones are best appreciated alone. but these speakers are ideal for social settings where you want to share your tunes with a few others or when you're milling around your hotel room getting ready for a night out on the town.