For a company that built its reputation on custom in-wall speaker systems, SpeakerCraft made an unlikely candidate to bring out iPad docks that look like they belong in the aisles at Best Buy, but that’s exactly what the company unveiled at CEDIA on Wednesday. The company has shifted its focus from audiophiles down to mass-market consumers with the new Vital 250 amplifier, FloBox and FloBox Mini all-in-one systems, all of which feature built-in iPad docks.
The FloBox and FloBox Mini both make an appeal to younger generations with cleaner industrial design, eye-catching piano gloss finishes and compact, dorm-friendly form factors. They offer iPad connectivity through a dock on the top, plus built-in speakers, USB inputs, FM tuners, and on the larger unit, a traditional CD drive. The distinctive box-on-a-pedestal design features a front grille that drops down to reveal a strip of controls and an LED display. SpeakerCraft hasn’t announced full availability details, but the full-size FloBox will retail for $399.
The first amplifier on the market with an integrated iPad dock, the Vital 250 allows users to drop the entire tablet on top for music playback and charging, or wirelessly zip music to it from the couch with built-in AirPlay compatibility. True to SpeakerCraft’s audiophile legacy, it will also upconvert compressed MP3s to improve sound quality. It offers two-channel output at 50 watts per channel, and a similar design to SpeakerCraft’s other pro-grade amps, but with a smaller footprint made to nestle into a bedroom or beside a computer, plus a down-market price tag of $699.