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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kicker's Two New Speaker Docks

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 11:57 AM


"While browsing Amazon I noticed a new Kicker Dock I had not seen before. I jumped over to Kicker’s website to get the full details. It looks like Kicker has two new speaker systems designed to be compatible with the Zune HD. Depending on what you are looking for, both look like great alternatives to the ZK500; which is also compatible with the Zune HD."

Wow, these looks pretty amazing! Neville at Inside the Circle spotted a couple new Zune speaker docks coming from Kicker. You have two options. There's the ZK350 which is basically a portable boom box and the ZK150 which is a radio alarm clock. The ZK150 is especially intriguing because there is a dearth of good radio alarm docks for the Zune. Both of these docks are compatible with all Zune models which is a smart move Kicker's part!

They're a bit pricey as the ZK350 will be retailing at $199.95 and the ZK150 will be $179.95. The alarm dock is especially expensive for an alarm clock. But then again a good alarm clock could be pretty important to people (I know it is for me!). Style-wise I think these are also much nicer looking than the ZK500 that's been out for a while.

Jason already reviewed the ZK500 a couple months back and while these are obviously different you can at least get a feel for what Kicker makes. The ZK350 isn't available in Amazon yet but the ZK150 can be pre-ordered here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

iHome Clock Radio Dock 20% Off

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Accessories" @ 02:26 PM


"Meet the new ZN9B, the world's first clock radio for Zune. The ZN9B features several innovative solutions, including wake and sleep to your Zune music or digital AM/FM radio, a 7-5-2 feature for separate weekday and weekend alarm times, and an extra large, backlit LCD display with dimmer."

With the rash of Zune rumors hitting this week here's some news that's a little more tangible! I just got my April newsletter and right now Zunet.net is selling the iHome ZN9B Clock Radio and Audio System for 20% off which brings the price down to $79 before shipping. This is a pretty good price for the only radio alarm dock for the Zune. I've wanted this for a while and I may pick it up now.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GotZune Reviews the iHome Zn9 Alarm Clock/Audio System

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Accessories" @ 08:30 PM


"The most important feature of course with this product is the alarm feature. The ZN9 features two separate alarms, each of which can be programmed for 7, 5, or 2 days a week. You can also set your ZN9 alarms to wake you up to either the radio, a built in buzzer, or the zune itself. For setting the zune to function, you are required to have your zune set to the song you want. When the alarm starts up in the morning it will initiate the "play" function of the zune and the song begins. There is also a nice and gradual about 10-15 second increase as the music begins to play. If your zune happens to not be correctly set for this to take place, or the zune is not even docked, the ZN9 recognizes this and resorts to the buzzer alarm. Snooze time can also be set to the range of 1 to 29 minutes. The alarms are quite easy to use, simple to disable/enable, and incase of a power failure will still go off(in buzzer form) due to the backup battery's in the device."

GotZune has a great write-up on the iHome Zn9 Clock Radio/Audio System, which should be perfect for anyone in the market for an alarm clock they can use with their Zune. If you've ever wanted to wake up (or fall asleep) to your favorite playlists, check out the article and sound off there. The Zn9 doubles as a a speaker dock and charge station, and is useful if you want to wirelessly sync your Zune to your PC. Plus, if you're like Mr. Soccerfreak24 and hate auto sync, you can even it off from your device (well, technically you didn't need a dock to do that, but it's nice to have the excuse.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

iHome Releases ZN9 Clock Radio

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 07:30 PM


"'With its iconic design and an array of attractive features, the ZN9 allows consumers to enjoy big sound in small spaces,' said Evan Stein, vice president of Marketing, iHome. 'We intend to apply the same creative sound and design expertise that has made iHome the market leader in its category to our growing line of Zune sound solutions.'"

Well, we've been hearing about this for some time now and its finally official! The ZN9 is available to purchase. I absolutely plan on getting one of these but I'll probably wait until after August since I'm going to be out of town for so much of the time I won't get to enjoy it.

But once I get one I'll get a review up for it. Not that I have any reason to believe it’s not as good as I've heard it is. If you want to buy one now, it’s a steal at $99.99!

Full press release after the break.

Tags: dock, clock, ihome, zn9

Monday, July 7, 2008

Zunescene Reviews iHome ZN9 Speaker Dock

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 10:47 AM


“The iHome Zune Dock will be available in July for an estimated MSRP of $99.99. Because it has no competition in the alarm segment, it's easy to recommend the ZN9. The unit itself is attractive, portable, and has more functions than any dock out there. It fits all Zune types thanks to the included inserts and is recommended by Zunescene. We welcome iHome to the Zune family and expect to see more great products from them in the future.”

If a Zune Speaker/Alarm Clock dock is something you’ve wanted for your Zune, then you should check out Zunescene’s review of the iHome ZN9B Clock Radio & Audio System for Zune. Personally, Zunescene’s review has only reinforced my desire to own one of these when its released. Its currently still in pre-order but it is due to release this month. If you’re looking forward to this, go check out the full review so you can see all of the pictures!

Tags: dock, ihome, zn9

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

iHome To Launch Zune Line!

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 08:29 PM


"Meet the new ZN9, the world’s first clock radio for Zune. The ZN9 features several innovative solutions, including wake and sleep to your Zune(tm) music or AM/FM radio presets, a 7-5-2 feature for separate weekday and weekend alarm times, and an extra large, backlit LCD display with dimmer. With our Reson8 speaker chambers, you’ll be able to enjoy stereo sound around the clock. The new ZN9... treat yourself and your Zune right."

I have been absolutely dying to have something like this. Ever since I got a Zune, I wanted a really nice alarm clock dock. I even remember trying to use WinAmp and my desktop back in high school to achieve a perfect marriage of alarm clock and audio. iHome’s ZN9 speaker dock looks absolutely stunning and at $99.99 it’s priced as well as you could possibly hope for something like this. Obviously we’ll have to wait and see when it comes out how it sounds but I definitely will have one of these in my bedroom.

Ceser also mentions on Zune Insider another dock for the Zune coming from iHome but I couldn’t find anything for it on their site. Here’s what he says is coming though:

"ZN10 AM/FM Table Radio - a beautifully designed, retro-classic with rotary dials set in a rich, wood speaker cabinet, the ZN10 allows consumers to listen to the radio or Zune, which charges when docked. A line in jack with included patch cord enables owners to play other CD and MPs players."

I can't wait to see what this one looks like!

Tags: dock, radio, alarm, ihome

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tip: Use Zune80 with Gen1 Dock

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Accessories" @ 03:30 PM


One of the major selling points of the first generation Home A/V pack was (like the rest of the Zune line) its future-proof ability to work with current and expected products. One way in which this was accomplished was through a removable plastic insert that would correctly size the Zune holding area to your particular model. The second generation followed up on this idea, featuring three sizes of removable inserts (see video) and a sliding dock connector to fit all of the current models.

If you still have a first generation dock or don't feel like shelling out the cash for the whole new system (you can find them for cheap all over the web—I got mine from eBay last February for $40), you can easily "upgrade" it to work with a second gen Zune. Just grab a long, flat object like a butter knife or screwdriver and insert it into the slot at the back of the remote well. Pry until the entire top piece comes off. Be warned that there is a glue between the top piece and the dock, so it might be a little sticky.

I'm not sure if this works with 4s or 8s, but you can give it a try and see!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Microsoft Creating iPAQ...er Zune Car Dock?

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 08:30 PM


"The newly minted patent covers a portable audio device that can be docked and/or integrated into a car stereo. The union would allow the devices to transfer media and data back-and-forth. The guts of the patent boil down to this key point: A car stereo including a docking station into which an off-the-shelf handheld computer can be docked..."

Crunchgear has been reporting on some Microsoft patent documents referencing a car stereo with portable device docking functionality. While the above sketch up shows a device much more resembling an iPAQ than a Zune, could these documents hint at some future functionality coming down the road for Zune?

Tags: car, dock, stereo

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

DIY Solution for a Zune Car Dock

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 05:23 AM


"Many of us are waiting impatiently for the first Zune car docks to become available. (I'm talking true car docks - that accept the Zune's bottom connector port, and link it to the car's power system and stereo.) Not to be deterred, Zunerama member ryango119 has created his own Zune car cradle - using a Zune A/V dock and a generic car dock."

If you are tired of waiting for a car dock solution for your Zune, then check out this do-it-yourself solution from MacGyver Jr, AKA ryango119 over on Zunerama. Using a Zune A/V dock, a generic car mount, and a little epoxy, you too can be cruising with your Zune safe and secure.

Tags: car, dock

Friday, March 16, 2007

Razer Pro Developing Keyboard With Zune Dock

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 06:59 AM


Razer Pro Solutions is developing a ProType keyboard which will include a dock for the Zune music player. This stylish and customizable keyboard allows you to synchronize and charge your Zune by plugging it into the integrated dock located at the top of the keyboard.

More pictures of this prototype can be found here, here, here, and here. I wonder if they'll make black and, more importantly, brown versions of the keyboard?

Tags: dock, razer, keyboard

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

MacWay's i.Sound MovieTime Universal Dock

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Accessories" @ 02:00 PM


"The i.Sound MovieTime is a light and compact system that can be carried with you anywhere you want, as long as you have 4 AA batteries. The i.Sound works with an AC adapter too, of course, if you’re not planning on taking it on the road. The 1.25” speakers have two Neodymium magnets per channel and can rock a party if you want to, with a total power of 12 watts RMS. The dock has also an optional Surround Effect and has the standard buttons for controlling your media in the front."

Another day, another stereo dock. What sets this one apart from all the rest is not only the universal connector (allowing you to connect the 'leading brand' of PMP as well as your Zune), but the fact that it runs on batteries. I've mentioned before that I find it odd there aren't more portable boombox-style stereos out there with docks on them. It would seem like a natural match, especially with Microsoft's 'Social' campaign. It's available from MacWay's site (in French) for 59 euros (about $79USD).

Tags: dock, sound, i.sound

Friday, February 23, 2007

Zune Scene Review of Hi-Fi Speaker Dock Solution

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 12:41 PM


"The Octavio 1 is currently in a field of it's own as the only high end Zune speaker dock on the market. The Australian based company VAF Research has a long history of making speakers for component audio systems and has brought it's experience to the table as a Designed for Zune official partner."

Zune Scene reviews the Hi-Fi speaker dock, Octavio 1, from VAF Research. At $500, I definitely don't have much need for a high-end dock solution. I have plenty of other options for playing my tunes at home. But if you are in the market for a speaker dock solution, Octavio 1 is definitely worth a look.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

JBL Zune Speaker Dock at CES 2007

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Accessories" @ 06:00 PM


"JBL will be releasing a new dock speaker system for Zune in some months. Although it has not been officially announced you can take a look at it in a photo from San Fransisco's CES 2007 below... "

Almost nothing is known about this new product, except that it has an integrated Zune dock and comes in brown. I'll go out on a limb and venture that we won't see ads for these in the trains replacing the iPod ads...

Tags: ces, speaker, dock, jbl

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