Set up is easy – just plug in the two components, select a docking adapter for your iPod or iPhone (seven dock adapters included), set the wireless ID number on the docking station and subwoofer and press play on your player. That's it.
Optionally, you can connect a TV to the composite or S-video output to view photos and videos stored on an iPod or iPhone. A stereo analog audio input allows MP3 or other audio players to be connected to the system.
iPods and iPhones are charged while docked to the system.
The system comes with a wireless card type remote for controlling basic system functions, including power on/off, volume, mute, track controls, video on/off, track shuffle and repeat and 'wide stereo' sound mode.
You could make a complete audio system by connecting a CD player, tape player or other analog audio component to line inputs on the Boston iDS3.
I found the video output of the iDS3 a little tricky. The video button on the remote control is an on/off toggle with no indicator light on the speaker system, which makes it difficult to know when the video output is turned on. I learned that this design was an Apple requirement and that the video output functions of an iPod vary depending on the model (I use an iPod nano 3G). Regardless, after a bit of perseverance I was able to view my stored photos and videos on a television.
Conclusion & Specifications
- iPod/iPhone Compatibility:
- iPod nano (2/4/GB)
- 5G and U2 iPod (30 GB with video), iPod classic (80GB)
- 5G iPod with video (60GB/80GB), iPod classic (160GB)
- iPod nano – 2nd generation (2/4/8GB)
- iPod nano – 3rd generation (4/8 GB)
- iPod touch 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB)
- 100 watts total system power
- Dual tweeters
- Dual 3-1/2-inch woofers
- Wireless 6-inch subwoofer
- BassTrac audio processing
- Composite/S-video outputs for video-capable iPhone/iPod models
- Auxiliary inputs for additional media players
- Remote control included
- Dimensions (H x W x D): Main speaker: 5-1/2 x 15-5/8 x 6” Subwoofer: 9-7/16 x 11-5/8 x 11-5/8”
- MSRP: $499
- Contact: bostonacoustics.com