Jamo has announcd the i300, a stand-alone powered subwoofer/satellite speaker system that turns an iPod into the heart of a fully-fledged home entertainment system.
It’s a big boast but the Jamo i300 is well-equipped to meet expectations. Comprising a iPod control dock, a powerful active subwoofer plus two compact satellite loudspeakers this attractively-styled package comes with a long-range radio frequency remote control… so you can control the system, your iPod (and your tunes) from another room.
But this 2.1-channel system’s versatility extends far beyond filling your room with tunes stored on your iPod. The control dock (which charges your iPod too)is also fitted with an extra auxiliary input on its rear panel so that you can hook up your computer, portable DVD player or games console to the system. Still got another source that you want to hook up? No problem – there’s yet another input on the subwoofer itself.
Setting up the system is simplicity itself. A new Universal iPod ‘well’ means that we can guarantee that you’ll be able to use your dock-able iPod (non-dockable 1st/2nd generation iPods can be hooked up via the auxiliary input).
Operating the system is fun too. Turn the volume control in the control dock and the volume light-bar indicator gets brighter. A simple but bizarrely appealing touch. The remote control, meanwhile, allows you skip backwards and forwards through and from track to track, pause the music and change the volume.
How can we guarantee hi-fi quality sound. Using solidly constructed 2-way satellites helps. The A 102 speakers supplied with this system are magnetically-shielded boxes – finished in high-gloss white – that can be wall or table-top mounted. These little marvels feature a precision-engineered 76mm/3in co-axial driver that delivers truly pin-point sonic imaging.
What’s more, the subwoofer is just as capable with a 150 Watt high-efficiency Class D amplifier powering a 6.5in bass driver, all housed in a solid but very compact reflex-ported enclosure.
Who’s going to buy the Jamo i300? Anybody who wants to make more of the music they’ve lovingly stored on their iPod. Where’s it going to end up? Bedrooms, college dorms, studies, home offices… even music mixing desks: the possibilities for the i300 are endless.