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Chinon rolls out AVi portable iPod speaker


Chinon has introduced its new AVi portable iPod speaker system with integrated digital TV. Featuring a boombox-style design, the AVi offers a Universal iPod Dock on the top of the system, a 7-inch, front-mounted LCD monitor, dual, 2.5W speakers, an integrated ATSC digital TV tuner with AV output, an auxiliary input for connecting the iPod shuffle or other audio sources, a digital FM tuner with 20 presets, an alarm clock, the ability to run for three hours off eight “C” batteries, and an included remote control. Chinon’s Avi portable speaker system for iPod is available now and sells for $200.

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This all sounds great for the money, but there is no mention whether or not if this thing can play iPod video on it’s screen.  The assumption would be that it does, but Apple has a habit of locking things down so licensed 3rd party devices become inherently expensive.  If this can play back iPod video, I can honestly say this would be a heck of a bargain at $200, especially because it has DTV built in.  On the other hand that is also what worries me as I would think Apple would be hesitant to license to a 3rd party DTV product as it would be seen as competition to video sold in the iTunes store.

Posted by Charles Starrett on November 21, 2009 at 12:29 AM (CST)


The FAQ section on their website is not functional so the questions are still unanswered; Is there support for the iPhone(not mentioned) and can you show the screen graphics and video from the iPod? I would love to order this system, but if these or other questions can not be answered it’s too risky.

Posted by Charles Starrett on November 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM (CST)


As the product site clearly states, iPod videos can be shown on the screen. Just follow the link in the article - look left - look down…

Posted by Charles Starrett on November 23, 2009 at 8:14 AM (CST)


The thing I like about this is that it has AUDIO AND VIDEO OUT.  It is especially surprising to me that almost all of the speaker docks on the market that I have seen so far do not have any audio out.

I would like one product that I can use as a dock at home that hooks up to my stereo receiver and one that I can take with me that has speakers and is battery powered.  I don’t even care about the screen, so much, I just want:

Audio and Video out, USB sync, and battery powered speakers.  This has it.

Does anyone else know of others that have this too?  They are hard to find, if so.  Most have USB sync and video out, but no audio out (RCA).

Posted by Charles Starrett on November 26, 2009 at 7:53 AM (CST)


correction: I don’t see any USB sync.  Doh!

Posted by Charles Starrett on November 26, 2009 at 7:54 AM (CST)

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