The Phonofone goes black

"Passive amplification" device gets a special edition.

Charles & Marie

Sometimes the most popular gadgets on Crave are the simplest of all. (Who could forget those drive-in speakers or the singing theremin doll?)

Perhaps the best example we've seen lately is the "Phonofone II," a ceramic device that requires no external power source and relies on "passive amplification" instead of any digital wizardry to work with the earphones of an iPod or other MP3 player. And now it's being offered in black, a special edition of 200 available for a limited time.

Simple doesn't necessarily mean cheap, however, and this version of the Phonofone is living proof: It goes for about $600, according to Pocket-lint. Back in Nipper's day, that would have probably bought about a million RCA dogs.

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