updated 08:35 am EST, Tue January 2, 2007
Chestnut Hill iPod Dock
Young startup firm Chestnut Hill Sound today previewed its first device, the George. Central to its design is a front control panel that detaches and becomes an advanced remote: using the Zigbee wireless data format, the remote combines an LCD with a scroll knob to replicate virtually every navigation function of the iPod. An integrated radio tuner can also be controller from the remote through a "bandless" interface, according to the company: AM and FM appear on the same interface and save the trouble of manually switching radio bands. Two separate alarms can be set with volume independent of the sleep timer.
Chestnut is also touting improved sound quality over other all-in-one speakers and has built the George with a pair of coaxial satellites as well as a 4-inch, downward-firing subwoofer that separates lower-end bass from treble. Preamp output is available for linking the system with full-size speakers. The firm says it is targeting premium audio rivals such as Bose and will ship the George later this month with cherry, maple, mahogany, or white wood panel trims for $550. A standalone charging station is optional for $50. Both are expected to see their official introduction at MacWorld San Francisco next week. [Via Crave]