iPod dock for the laboratory

Tubes are apparently the latest trend

Shiny Shiny

Who would have thought that the latest design trend for iPod docks would be tubes? And no, we don't mean the Internet(s).

A few months back we wrote of a vacuum tube docking stereo for music players that had been developed in Japan. Now we see that U.K.-based Roth Audio has a similar idea with its "Music Cocoon" system.

The Roth version doesn't have speakers but does sport the same mad-scientist-lab look of the Japanese version and promises superior quality at its price of 400 pounds, or about $768 (which is a bit more than the $600 Japanese model, even without the speakers). And regardless of the sound quality, as Shiny Shiny suggests, you could always fashion it into a mini-bar.

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