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SpeakerCraft’s MODE controls iPod in multiple rooms


imageSpeakerCraft today introduced MODE (“Music On Demand Experience”), a multi-zone wall mounted interface, that allows you to control your iPod in up to six rooms in your home.

MODE features a color screen with a scroll wheel and push button controls, allowing you to access and control your iPod and other multimedia equipment in multiple rooms.

The product uses SpeakerCraft’s MZC (multi-zone control) system and works with hard drive music servers, satellite radio, AM/FM radio tuners, and any other source that responds to IR commands. According to photos provided alongside the announcement, MODE comes with an iPod dock with built-in IR.

SpeakerCraft said MODE will be available this fall. Pricing was not announced.

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Please please please tell me that that is what the Fifth gen ipod looks like. That’s what it should have been all along, though it needs some chrome or silver.

Posted by Geordan on August 22, 2005 at 6:53 PM (CDT)


I’m pretty sure that’s the company just being stupid. I mean honestly, the company is named “SpeakerCraft.” I’m sure this product is a dud from that fact and the pictures.

Posted by jm on August 22, 2005 at 8:44 PM (CDT)


“though it needs some chrome or silver.”

Ya mean like the current iPod…

Posted by Phredd on August 22, 2005 at 10:03 PM (CDT)



SpeakerCraft’s been doing this audio thang for about 30 years now. While they’re not absolute hi-end by any means, nor are they catering to the mass market realm of the Sonys, Kenwoods and Pioneers of the world, either; their gear has generally been well received amongst the discerning audio consumer who wants something better than Best Buy run-of-the-mill, and they certainly have been doing audio equipment a hell of a lot longer than Apple’s been at the music hardware game.  Their niche these days seems to be focused on multi-zone, built-in systems, such that this iPod product of theirs would fit into their lineup quite handily.

As for your “sure” judgement of the quality of a company based solely on it’s name alone…well, that fact speaks more loudly about yourself than anything else.

Posted by flatline response on August 23, 2005 at 12:38 AM (CDT)


^^Yeah but that thing is ugly.

Also, that wouldn’t be the 5th gen iPod (even though I prefer it to the current 4th gen). Apple has to do something a little bigger than a minor cosmetic change to sell units. Especially since the last update (oh so long ago) left something to be desired. I think this next gen will be a real indicator to see if Apple can innovate and keep the iPod on top for the long-term, or if they have run out of steam.

Posted by Jon on August 23, 2005 at 7:44 AM (CDT)


it could very well be what the new ipod looks like.

they’re due to release it within the next month, which means manufacturers of accessories probably would have some idea of the new features etc for compatibility.

maybe a slip up? i’m sure time will tell. but, if it is 5th gen ipods, i’m glad to see what i thought would happen since the 1st gen ipod minis came out - a no-moving-parts wheel with integrated function buttons, and what looks like visual feedback when pressing the buttons - is coming to fruition.

Posted by harrison on August 23, 2005 at 10:02 AM (CDT)


I bloody well love this! I only wish that they had not used a graphic representation and showed the actual product. This Fall I will be at one of their dealer showrooms to review it in person. SpeakerCraft makes quality products made for the long haul. Products like this elevate the iPod to a higher level of standards.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on August 23, 2005 at 11:34 AM (CDT)


Um…this is a computer-generated representation.  I wouldn’t take it to heart that the “iPod” shown is 4G, 5G, or any-G.  It seems more likely that they just wanted to show what it looks like with an iPod in the dock.  The focus, after all, is on the product on the right.  Wipe off the drool, kids.

Posted by PushButtonAction on August 23, 2005 at 12:11 PM (CDT)


wow jon, thank you so much for your well thoughtout analysis.  i didn’t realize you were an expert.  we’re in the presence of greatness.

Posted by chris on August 24, 2005 at 9:48 AM (CDT)


I sell Speakercraft products they are the world leader for in-wall speakers and home installation eqipment.  Mode will work perfect for people who have ipods and want them to be used in their home audio system.  If you don’t understand this you probably don’t know what custom installation is.

Posted by [email protected] on August 24, 2005 at 11:43 AM (CDT)


I think they could guess from the name though.

Custom. Installation.

Installation that is customised.

A Custom Installation.

Tricky concept.

Posted by Mike on August 24, 2005 at 6:31 PM (CDT)


OK sorry to anyone without a home you can install electronics in.  I serbe people who want this type of stuff you know the rich guy in an audi that tells me that he needs audio everywhere and his ipod should work with it.  Mike you probably are not in tune with this market.

Posted by [email protected] on August 25, 2005 at 1:43 AM (CDT)

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