Sharper Image iPulse for iPod (with subwoofer) review: Sharper Image iPulse for iPod (with subwoofer)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The iPulse is a uniquely designed iPod stereo unit that offers decent sound quality and a cool light show feature at a fair price.

The Bad The iPulse doesn't include a remote, it can't run on batteries, and there are no iPod controls on the unit itself.

The Bottom Line The iPulse will captivate iPod-owning teens, light show enthusiasts, and anyone with a desire to dance party.

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Sharper Image iPulse for iPod

The Sharper Image's wares fall almost entirely into one of two categories: expensive, useful electronic toys or expensive, useless electronic toys. When I first caught sight of the iPulse, a light-adorned speaker system for the iPod, I fully expected it to fall into the latter category. After my experience with the Griffin Disko, who can blame me? However, the $149 speaker with subwoofer (a $99 model, without a subwoofer, is available) is a surprisingly fun and engaging gadget. iPod owners looking for a complete audio-visual experience will be enamored with the iPulse.

Any way you slice it, the design of the iPulse is funky. Indeed, it looks like an oversized wedge cut from a sphere, with one flat edge acting as a base, the other making up the front of the speaker, and the back, rounded portion housing two ports: a DC power input and an auxiliary line input for connecting non-iPod MP3 players (cable included). An angular chunk is cut out of the top of the iPulse, creating a base for the iPod. The system includes eight snap-in adapters for the various iPod models. On the front edge of the cradle area is a slider for adjusting the intensity of the light show.

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Sharper Image iPulse for iPod (with subwoofer)

Part Number: SI365WHT

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color white
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers