Xdock Wireless music distribution system powered by Analog Devices

Creative Labs has jumped on the iPod dock bandwagon with its latest Xdock Wireless shortly after settling its differences with Apple. The Xdock Wireless is a certified "Made for iPod" accessory that serves as an audio enhancing dock and music distribution system. Audio enhancing features include X-Fi Crystalizer, CMSS-3D and DTS surround sound.

As a standard iPod dock the Xdock Wireless delivers audio and video connectivity. Creative has equipped the Xdock Wireless with an analog audio input for other MP3 players and audio devices to take advantage of the integrated audio processing. A USB input is also available. On the video side of things the Xdock Wireless is equipped with S-Video and composite video outputs.

When used with optional X-Fi Wireless receivers the Xdock Wireless can broadcast music to multiple zones up to 100ft away. This is an independent wireless broadcast that does not require a wireless 802.11b/g network. Up to four X-Fi Wireless receivers can be connected. While up to four X-Fi Wireless receivers can be connected, song selection is only available on the main Xdock Wireless; however, each individual zone will have its own volume control and independently adjust the audio enhancing features.

Creative Labs touts the Xdock Wireless as having the following key features:
  • It plays music through multiple X-Fi Wireless Receivers, which are sold separately, in different rooms of the home connected to powered speakers or a home theater system.
  • It plays music in Xtreme Fidelity - music beyond CD quality.
  • A line-out for connection to powered speakers, which also functions as an optical-out to your home theater for DTS surround-sound.
  • S-video and composite video-out connections, so digital photos and videos stored on an iPod can be displayed on a TV screen.
  • A wireless remote to navigate the iPod menu, adjust volume levels, and activate X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D.
  • It docks and charges an iPod and includes line-in for connection of other audio devices.
Expect the Xdock Wireless to arrive Spring of 2007 starting at $199. The optional x-Fi Wireless is priced at $99.99 while a package with the Xdock Wireless and X-Fi Wireless is expected under $300.

Apple and Creative spent more than three months in court over no less than four motions in a tit-for-tat battle over intellectual property with regard to MP3 players.  The end of epic legal battle left Apple forking over $100M to Creative, with Creative simultaneously joining the "Made for iPod" accessory consortium.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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