Two new sub-$100 Pure-Fi iPod speakers from Logitech
The Pure-Fi Anytime is a clock radio, while the Express Plus is an entry-level speaker system.
Logitech is adding two more budget models to its Pure-Fi line of iPod speakers. The Pure-Fi Anytime shares several features with the
The Pure-Fi Express Plus adds portability to the mix: it can run on AC power or six AA batteries. The Express Plus also boasts "omnidirectional acoustic technology," which Logitech claims will offer better sonic dispersal throughout the room. The unit--which has an alarm clock, but no radio--has a very straightforward design, highlighted by a large volume knob centered between the speakers. It, too, will retail for $100.
The Pure-Fi Anytime and Pure-Fi Express are GSM shielded, so they can be used with iPhones without the need to toggle them into airplane mode. They're scheduled to be released in October, at which time CNET will have full reviews of both. Given the largely positive experience we've had with previous Pure-Fi models, however, the only question seems to be whether Logitech can maintain that level of quality at these lower price points. If so, it'll be interesting to see the response from iHome and other budget players in the iPod/iPhone clock/radio category.