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DLO debuts HomeDock HD Pro for iPod

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Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has introduced its new HomeDock HD Professional TV entertainment dock for iPod. The HomeDock HD Pro features an integrated iPod dock offering video upscaling to 1080i or 720p and an optical digital audio output. Other features include HDMI output and an HDMI input for extending the reach of other HDMI equipment, RS-232 and RS-485 support for integration into a custom home entertainment system, component video and RCA audio outputs, an auxiliary audio input, an included RF remote and an IR input jack to allow for control via universal remote, and an on-TV interface featuring album art in an icon-based visual flow format. The DLO HomeDock HD Pro will be available this Fall; pricing has yet to be announced.

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1

I’m wondering why anyone would choose this product over apple tv…

Posted by roderic on August 27, 2008 at 11:33 AM (CDT)

2

I have the Apple Tv and despite the fact that reviewers are so harsh on it (even Mr Jobs was a little harsh on it) - I love mine and would not recommend any other device for proper convergence of your iTunes media. I live in the UK and have noticed that many reviews are out of date as they do not credit the product / service with its shiny new UK ad-ons of TV and Movie purchase and rental direct from the device or through iTunes and then sync from your Mac or PC. You can even use the Remote App on your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote to browse and control your Apple Tv playback - this really is a great device and I haven’t seen anything like this capability with DLO’s product.

Posted by Nick on August 27, 2008 at 12:10 PM (CDT)

3

Apple TV has been under-promoted in my opinion. I think that products like the HomeDock are okay, but don’t come near Apple TV for all around capability, features and performance. I love my Apple TV and wouldn’t consider anything else…

Posted by RNB in Bakersfield, CA on August 27, 2008 at 2:16 PM (CDT)

4

People would like this product because it has ALL of the following:
-Easy Navigation of the IPOD via the TV
-Plays Video from the IPOD to the TV
-Has 2-way Serial or Ethernet communication to Automation systems (so if you have 10 touchpanels through the house, you can see the songs and menus and select without having to go to the family room).

The reason you wouldn’t want to use the IPhone or ITouch to control (for now) is that there is no good home control platform for the Itouch to control the home amplifiers/switchers, HVAC, Lights, etc.  It may be a different story later.

The only products that offer 2-way Serial or Ethernet communications that I have seen for IPOD are:
-Crestron’s IDOC (no on-screen video navigation, and no movie watching…only music)
-Sonance IPORT (no on-screen video navigation, but it does play movies - you have to use the touchscreen to navigate…not so convenient)
-Escient Fireball FP-1 (no movies)

So - when the AppleTV offers two-way feedback to automation systems…i will be in line to buy it.

Posted by Matt Turner on August 28, 2008 at 10:55 PM (CDT)

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