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IOGEAR Powerline Stereo System

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Summary

  • Product Name: IOGEAR Powerline Stereo System
  • Manufacturer: IOGEAR
  • Review Date: January 08, 2008 09:38
  • MSRP: $329.95
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now

Executive Overview

We looked at IOGEAR’s Powerline Stereo System today at CES in Las Vegas today.  The idea of this innovative product is to allow music enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite tunes from their fixed and portable music devices in any room of the house or backyard through the houses existing electrical power sockets.

By connecting a pair of powered speakers to the supplied adapter, the Powerline Stereo System transmits music to the user’s favorite rooms while reducing cable clutter. The product’s docking station comes with an iPod connection, 3.5mm input jack and RCA left and right channel inputs, enabling users to play music from CDs, MP3 players,
computers and media centers at a 990-foot range.

A remote control allows individuals to play, pause and skip through their iPod’s song selection. Consumers can plug up to four
adapters into electrical outlets to distribute their music to several locations in a home or outside.

Without sacrificing bandwidth, the device’s 56-bit DES encryption ensures data security
and low risk of interference with other RF sources. The product is also
backward-compliant with HomePlug Powerline Specifications 1.0. It is on display at the

IOGEAR’s Powerline Stereo System will be available at the end of January and will retail for $329.95.


For further information on IOGEAR and its connectivity solutions, please visit www.iogear.com.

About IOGEAR
IOGEAR, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, CA, offers fun, stylish and innovative technology products to home users, office workers and road warriors. A leading connectivity manufacturer,the company provides a range of KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) and KVMP (Peripheral), Connectivity and Sharing, Networking, AV Digital Home, Mobility and Desktop solutions.

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About the author:

Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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