Sonance iPort In-Wall Docking System | iLounge



This seems pretty cool, although I do see a huge downside in spending that much money for a permanent fixture in your wall that only currently supports a technology that is growing and upgrading at an extremely rapid pace.

It'd be interesting to hear how commited the company is in providing future upgrades and options as future generations of ipods are released with even more anticipated features.

Posted by ACLeroK212 on March 3, 2005 at 11:57 AM (PDT)


That is a lot of money to pay for it but is worth it.But it should have took advatage from the intergrated RF processing.

Posted by Bob333 in Galway,Ireland on March 3, 2005 at 12:11 PM (PDT)


Wow, very futuristic smile

Posted by Nagromme on March 3, 2005 at 12:23 PM (PDT)


futuristic? Its borderline "trekky". tongue laugh

Posted by apple juice in USA on March 3, 2005 at 12:40 PM (PDT)


I wouldn't exactly call it futuristic. Big nobs, Fuggly interface, obtrusive in wall docking, and no handhed remote? I'm pretty sure are numerous "multi-room" possibilities out there that are much cheaper.

Posted by Derek in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2005 at 2:04 PM (PDT)


ACLeroK212, there are different docks for different iPods, so I'm sure Sonance will release docks for future iPods. Unless you mean speaker technology.

Posted by red.ranger in Texas on March 3, 2005 at 2:16 PM (PDT)


who wants enjoy the music with iPod at home??
i do prefer playing other professional audio equipments at home to using iPod.
how do u think about it?

Posted by Conne in Montreal on March 3, 2005 at 3:39 PM (PDT)


NOTE the rear of the speakers are NOT inside separate cases. Like a pair of wood speakers enclosures. It's not so expensive to do what i did: a pair of JBL inside the wall (wardrobe) drived by a professional amp. Sima Celeste, the ipod sound like if would be in a hall with that combination.

Posted by angelito in Qu├ębec, Canada on March 3, 2005 at 7:15 PM (PDT)


Wonderful for the study, however, I would not purchase this system as a whole house solution, but I positively am entertaining the purchase of said unit.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on March 3, 2005 at 9:58 PM (PDT)


why not just use an apple supplied dock and connect it to a normal amp... installing that in a wall is easy as cake

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on March 4, 2005 at 2:06 AM (PDT)


If one is that much of an audiophile that they'd choose to install this, then chances are that an iPod would not be their first choice for delivering a clean, rich signal (not even CD quality.)

As someone mentioned, what happens when Apple changes their docking hardware - you'll have to either upgrade, purchase adapters (if available,) leave a obsolete piece of hardware in your wall, or have a nice sized hole in your drywall.

Posted by ape on March 4, 2005 at 3:28 AM (PDT)


wow that is sweet, but is as mush as my ipod. i think the amp would work and would be cheaper. i just hook it up with my dock to my steareo.

Posted by chris cellini in lockport on March 4, 2005 at 7:06 AM (PDT)


Working in the home automation & whole house industry, this device is highly sought after. Many - even audiophiles - what the option of accessing the mass quantities of files as they use it every day and know what songs are where. I have seen many gravitate to the iPod over their already installed Request or Escinet's. Even with AAC or AIFF sounding worse then the PCM files on the request the iPod wins over - why -- they are with it all day- comfort factor. Unfortunalty the Sonance line will only get you true whole house audio with out latency issues with one of thier recievers. The "cheap" airport Express options Cannot do true whole house audio distribution as the latency issues will not allow for multiple zones without it sounding like each room is on a delay line.

Posted by Heisenberg Conspiracy on March 4, 2005 at 2:01 PM (PDT)


What a minute....where's the the gold leaf? And the little cherub relieving himself underneath that icon of all icons, the iPod, oh so sweetly nestled into it's cuddly little niche?

Interesting; I'll give creedance to that, but it's a waaaayyy overboard concept. Now people are going to have to find a hallowed location in their homes for a portable music player that has a market life of about a year? How pandering to a consumer device does Sonance think people really are, anyways? I mean, it's not like this is some really, REALLY kewl and purdy case.

As for this notion that even audiophiles want this sort of nonsense...evidently I hang around with a differenct crowd than your cliente base, Heisenberg.

No thanks; if I fell I have to listen to my iPod at home (as opposed to more logically hooking up my PC to gain access to my DM library), give me a the appropriate dock and an iCable, and be done with it.

Posted by flatline response on March 6, 2005 at 8:37 AM (PDT)


I'll bet this product does well. Why? Heisenberg Conspiracy has touched upon why: those with means contract an installer who can contact Sonance (who is appealing to a commercial level) and receive parts, service and information--when needed. Both the installer and the customer actually save time and money on products like this for a multitude of reasons. This a very logical and well though-out product/system. Now, if I were still in college and looking for an inexpensive way to hack apart my dorm room, without getting penalized, this system would not be for me, but when time is money, and my time is better spent at what I do best, then having a system like this installed, warranted and serviced by the installer/Sonance (if needed) is a valuable asset.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on March 6, 2005 at 9:02 AM (PDT)


That picture with the mirror makes it look quite strange.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on April 15, 2005 at 6:47 PM (PDT)

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