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GINI iTube & iConec iPod Tube Speaker System

by March 07, 2007
GINI iTube Speaker System

GINI iTube Speaker System

  • Product Name: iTube Speaker System with iConec
  • Manufacturer: GINI Systems, Inc
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStar
  • Review Date: March 07, 2007 11:25
  • MSRP: $ 379.99 (bundle)

Power Output: SW: 18W; L/R: 16W x 2
Frequency Response: SW: 50Hz – 160 kHz; L/R: 100Hz – 30KHz
S/N Ratio: SW: >75dB; L/R: >82dB

Drivers:
- Satellites: 2.75” 4 ohm 10W
- Subwoofer: 5.25” 4 ohm 30W

Crossover: L/R: >53dB

Vacuum Tube Used: 6DJ8, 6922, 6N2

Inputs: Right & Left RCA connectors

Pros

  • Rich, warm tone with jazzy or acoustic music
  • The tube puts off a cool white glow
  • iConec dock is well built and full of features
  • System is styled to look like a 1st generation iPod

Cons

  • Distortion and poor performance at higher volume levels
  • Does not handle rock music well
  • System is styled to look like a 1st generation iPod

Introduction

When Audioholics called me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a tube based desktop speaker system, I immediately said yes. Who wouldn't be intrigued by such an idea? A digital iPod combined with an old-school vacuum tube based audio system. This could be great or it could be a joke, but it sounded like fun either way.
About the author:

Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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