If you don't know what to do with your dough, here's a high-end iPod dock to spend money on.
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If Apple's "I am rich" app limits your ways to show off, no worries. Here's another product that can help you do that with style, and is substantially more eye-catching, better sounding, and, most importantly, more expensive.
It's called the Art.Suono Wireless Music Transmission System and iPod Dock and it costs $1,500. Designed by David Wiener Ventures, which makes products under the DWV and Ferrari brands, the Art.Suono is a limited-edition, luxury iPod-compatible product that works as both an audio instrument and, depending on your tastes, a piece of art.
The product uses a proprietary wireless transmission technology that lets users transmit any audio source--including iPods, iPhones, computers, CD players, MP3 players, and satellite radio--to any audio system.
According to DWV, the Art.Suono also incorporates an acoustic technology developed for the recording industry and used by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney. The product's proprietary circuitry, developed by Aphex Systems for DWV and now used for the first time in a consumer product, promises to make your recorded music sound more "alive."
DWV claims the Art.Suono iPod dock can restore the harmonics lost in compressed music files and provides a sense of spaciousness as well as clarity so each instrument and voice is clear and distinct. At the same time, it optimizes bass frequency response to provide deeper, more resonant bass.
Specs-wise, the product features docking and charging for any iPod model and is made of machined aluminum and carbon fiber accents. The 5-pound Art.Suono comes with a receiver, also in machined aluminum, that can be displayed or hidden. Each Art.Suono can power up to two receivers so multiple music systems may be used at a time.
Start saving, as the Art.Suono system will be available in October. I think this is such a cool product, especially the notion of making my music sound more alive. However, whether or not it's $1,500 cool, I guess I'll have to wait 'til my next big promotion, which basically means I'll probably end up having to pass.