updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed August 8, 2007
MacAlly TunePro Speakers
MacAlly today hoped to refine home audio with the TunePro flat-panel clock radio for the iPod. Based on NXT flat speakers that consume far less space than usual on a nightstand or tabletop, the TunePro replaces the front grilles often seen on these systems with a mirror-finish screen that blends the look of the speakers into any given room. The design also gives MacAlly freedom to hide the LED display normally so conspicuous on these sets. An intelligent alarm system wakes owners up to either the iPod, the built-in AM/FM tuner, or a buzzer and can do so gradually, slowly raising the volume rather than jumping to full power.
Listeners have the option of setting five AM or five FM radio presets as well as a line-in jack for plugging in an iPod shuffle or most any other small audio source. The TunePro supports any fourth-generation iPod or iPod mini and later through its universal dock, and should be available now for $130. A variant of the TunePro with explicit support for the iPhone will be available in the fall.