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DLO debuts HomeDock for iPod

imageFollowing its debut at Apple Expo Paris yesterday, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has formally announced the HomeDock, a new iPod docking center that lets users play their music through their home stereo, display photo slideshows on their televisions, charge their iPod and sync it to their computer. The accessory sports RCA connectors, Composite Video, S-Video, USB 2.0 and and comes with a remote control. The DLO HomeDock is designed for the for iPod, iPod nano and iPod mini. It costs $99.99 and will be available next month.

“The HomeDock is a completely new kind of iPod accessory that creates a ‘home’ for the iPod in the living room and provides a permanent simple connection to existing Home Stereo Systems and Televisions,” says DLO. “With the HomeDock, owners can simply dock their iPod to enjoy their music and photos without the hassle of additional cables, adapters or multiple other accessories. While docked and charging, the iPod is controlled with the included 14-function Remote Control.”

Additional photographs are available in Gallery 1 from Apple Expo Paris.

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Comments

1

Looks pretty sharp.
Can the ipod nano use this for displaying slideshows on tv? They don’t seem to say a thing about that on their site.

Posted by John on September 21, 2005 at 1:01 PM (PDT)

2

Looks like the iPod has no support wall behind it to prevent the connector from being broken off, and the iPod’s just floating on top? That seems to be really flimsy, no?

Posted by wired in L.A. on September 21, 2005 at 1:30 PM (PDT)

3

What’s the point of mounting the remote? I think it would look better without it. Footprint could then be smaller. It would look alot better if the logo was moved to the back too. Black & RCA’s are good though. Some pics of the back might be a good idea.

Posted by zymonk on September 21, 2005 at 1:42 PM (PDT)

4

For additional pictures that answer your questions (support wall, yes; back pictures, yes), look at our Sneak Peeks Part 1 from Paris Apple Expo.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on September 21, 2005 at 2:18 PM (PDT)

5

zymonk,

I kinda like having the idea of having a dock for the remote, though given my habits I doubt I’d ever actually see fit to use the bloody rest spot.

Posted by flatline response on September 21, 2005 at 3:42 PM (PDT)

6

Why isn’t the remote RF?  What is it about companies that don’t realize how beneficial this is for music prodcuts?

Posted by Alan on September 21, 2005 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

7

i saw Homedock today at apple expo paris, it is not very impressive for $100 price. much too big, colors of case are odd (white black green and silver together? do not look like any ipod), and not very special features. who needs to put pictures on tv screen? who needs a big dock for remote? stupid, stupid, stupid.

kensington stereo dock did the same thing better months ago, same audio functionality, smaller, better price, better look. this looks and costs like a C-class product in my book.

Posted by bonamy on September 21, 2005 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

8

In concept this looks great, but how many people have their stereo, computer and TV all within a reasonable cable/wire hookup distance? I know, you can do extension cables, but that’s an additional cost and the trouble of running and hiding those cables. Plus, you lose some signal strength with the length of cable and the connection.

Posted by jimlat on September 22, 2005 at 4:08 AM (PDT)

9

I currently have an Audiotron connected to my iTunes PC… this is basically a home MP3 player with no hard drive but it looks like audio equimpent.

My hifi is right next to my PC so this is DEFINITELY tempting for me because the audiotron isn’t easy to pair with iTunes for a few reasons.

The bigger footprint will make it fit into a hifi set up better I guess.

Posted by Steve on September 22, 2005 at 4:38 AM (PDT)

10

this is exactly what i’ve wanted since i got an ipod - the ability to sit on my couch and change albums and songs. the unit looks alright to me, not perfect, but it offers a whole new level of usability for only $100. Thumbs up.

Posted by tony on September 22, 2005 at 2:36 PM (PDT)

11

Seems interesting.  Tad pricey though.

Posted by Sam on September 22, 2005 at 7:06 PM (PDT)

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