TDK is back in the game with a high-end 2.1 portable stereo bearing the no-frills name "Three Speaker Boombox." The product will hit retail stores in February, with a suggested price of $499.
The system features AM and FM radio, iPod/iPhone input (via USB), USB stick media playback, and multiple aux input connections. The left and right speakers are powered by 10 watts each, with a 15-watt woofer at the center, for a total of 35 watts RMS. The handle, knobs, and backing all use heavyweight aluminum. The front of the system uses a piano gloss acrylic. And yes, it's heavy.
The side of the TDK Three Speaker Boombox offers aux inputs for RCA, minijack, and quarter-inch instrument cables (mono). The instrument input can be blended with other audio, allowing for iPod karaoke mayhem or street-corner guitar performances.
On the back of the boom box you'll find the power adapter port, as well as connectors for both AM and FM external antennas. Three oversize screws across the bottom give access to a battery compartment for 10 C-cell batteries.
A USB port on the side of the boom box supports iPhones and iPods (playback and charging) and takes the direct digital signal and decodes it using TDK's onboard D/A converters. The same USB port can be used to play media off USB sticks, including MP3, WMA, and AAC formats.