Polk revives the I-Sonic tabletop radio with the ES3

Polk Audio has announced the I-Sonic ES3 tabletop radio, missing many of the features of competing iPhone speakers, but banking on the I-Sonic's reputation for excellent sound.

Polk I-Sonic 3
Polk I-Sonic 3 Polk

LAS VEGAS--When CNET reviewed Polk's I-Sonic ES2 almost four years (!) ago, we knocked it for lacking then-cutting-edge features like a CD/DVD player, satellite radio, USB port, and network audio functionality.

Fast-forward to 2012 and the story is the same, but the details have changed, with Polk's recently announced I-Sonic ES3 lacking many of the cutting-edge features we've seen on competing iPhone speakers, such as AirPlay and Bluetooth. Even the USB-looking port on the back, but close inspection reveals it's for service-use only.

Polk I-Sonic ES3 back panel
Back panel. Polk

Still, the I-Sonic's real claim-to-fame was always performance, not features, which is why it's always garnered solid reviews from CNET. The first two I-Sonic tabletop radios sounded better than pretty much anything else that size, especially when it came to bass. And it's worth pointing out that the the I-Sonic ES3 is designed to be used an alarm clock (with a proper snooze button), which is something lacking from many other iPhone speakers.

The Polk I-Sonic ES3 will be released in the spring with a list price of $300. With a premium price tag and a dearth of features, the Polk I-Sonic will need some serious performance to woo digital audiophiles.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

Mac running slow?

Boost your computer with these five useful tips that will clean up the clutter.