The GoodGriffin's TuneCenter has a sleek, low-profile design and features a user-friendly interface; you can navigate music menus on a TV screen; Internet radio capability is a nice touch.
The BadThe TuneCenter's remote lacks range, and there's no built-in port for syncing your iPod while it's docked.
The Bottom LineIf you're looking for a way to integrate your iPod into your home entertainment system, Griffin's TuneCast fits the bill--just be sure to set it up in direct line of sight of your favorite chair.
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Griffin has had its hands in Mac accessories for well over a decade, so it's only natural that the company turn out a slew of iPod accessories as well. One of the latest products to hit the shelves is the TuneCenter, a low-profile iPod add-on that lets you integrate your player into your home theater setup and control its audio and video content from the comfort of your couch. The $130 accessory wins points for ease of use and an innovative extra, but the remote needs work.
With its 3.7x4-inch base and slanted silver back, the TuneCenter offers a small footprint and a sleek, understated design that should mesh with many home entertainment setups. The back of the unit houses all the clearly labeled ports you'll need: S-Video (cable not included), A/V out (RCA cable included), DC in (it charges your iPod, too), and even an Ethernet port, which allows you to pick up Internet radio. There's also a switch for choosing between NTSC (for the U.S. and Japan) and PAL (for most of Europe) modes. Griffin also includes a remote with various well-placed, tactile buttons, which we'll discuss further as it pertains to the use of the TuneCenter.
The TuneCenter remote features an ergonomic design of several useful and well-spaced buttons, but its performance is lacking.