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so, i bought an irock wireless music adaptor for my ipod today. coincidentally, i had been scoping it out around the same time that dave was pointing it out to the masses [ i suppose this is where i should probably point out in the interest of full disclosure that i am a motorola employee and the irock is produced by a motorola-off spin ].

to determine whether or not the irock is right for you will require being exquisitely in tune with your own personal sense of price and performance. the ipod lounge review pretty much nails it:

"Kudos to all who were involved in the product's design, the Irock! unit exudes future-geek modern looks. Now, if they had just paid all this attention to its reception capabilities, this product would truly i-rock."

"The Good: Inexpensive, small, easy to use, unique design, cool red glow.
The Bad: Noticeable static, must find the right placement for best reception."

are you an audiophile? don't get the irock. i drive a '97 camry sedan with stock stereo. my home system is a aiwa all-in-one that is almost a decade old. since there's no mistaking me for an audiophile, i figured i'd be willing to put up with the occasional static for the price [ 30 bucks at comp usa ].

post purchase, i'd recommend taking doc's comments to heart before plunking down your hard earned cash:

"The problem is that the iRock radiates on a choice of only four channels: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5 and 88.7. That's not enough. Say you're in the Bay Area, where KQED is putting out a 110,000-watt signal on 88.5. Even a good car radio (and most of them are remarkably good -- much better than home receivers), that signal is going to blow away not only an iRock signal on 88.5, but also on either of the two adjacent channels."

how big of a problem is this? well, the irock has a hard time with wyce, a local, independent community radio station that broadcasts on 88.1. it's probably a good bed that wyce is putting out considerably less that 110,000 watts. hi. ho. whoever decided on the price point was a genious, because $30 bucks hovers just on the upper edge of being cheap enough that i'll put up with having to move the unit around to occasionally pick up a better signal. if you're not that kind of person, then just spend 60 more bucks on a higher-end fm modulator like those found at c crane company.

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7/10/2002 09:20:00 PM 0 comments


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