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Sonnet Technologies PodFreq
By CPU-zilla
Category : Sound
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 4th December, 2004
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

Apple iPod Goes Wireless

We all know that Apple's iPod is an indispensable music jukebox that does not only give you great style, but powerful functions and excellent audio quality at the same time. With music being so portable, no wonder it has become the world's hottest selling digital audio player. The iPod comes with really cool accessories too and with a matching docking station, it can be transformed into a music player for the home's Hi-Fi system as well. However, users who want to put the iPod in the car is still left wanting for a suitable solution. This is where a wireless solution would solve all problems - quickly and efficiently.

Sonnet's PodFreq is a case that comes with a digital FM transmitter which broadcasts audio signals taken from the iPod directly into radiowaves. Anyone within the range of the PodFreq will be able to receive the music played on your iPod. Though the range is not fantastic, it is still enough to cover most of the living area in your home. This makes it realy easy to stream music to various areas of your home - without any messy wires and cables. All you need is an FM tuner and you're ready to play music from every corner of your own home.

The Sonnet PodFreq.

The PodFreq is not just only limited to your home, but it's also useful when one's travelling long distances in the car. It can easily integrate yor iPod into your car stereo system, giving you more music choices. As this device utilizes radiowaves to transmit audio to your car stereo, it doesn't require any costly installation to your car's audio system. This makes it really versatile as it can be used in any situation (such as rental cars or cabs), as long as there's a radio system present.

Before we dive into the nitty gritty details of this device, let's look at the technical specifications in the table below:-

Sonnet Technologies PodFreq Technical Specifications
Antenna Telescoping, 8.6-inch (21.8cm) when fully extended
Power Requirement No batteries or power cables; powered by the iPod
Frequency Modulation 88.3 to 107.7MHz
Tuning Type Digital tuning in 0.1MHz steps (with last station recall)
Stereo Separation Greater than 40dB
Auto Level Control Built-in to prevent sound distortion
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Greater than 45dB (Stereo) 15kHz LPF
Modulation Distortion Less than 0.5%
Transmitter Range 10-35 feet (3 to 10.7m), depending on FM receiver/antenna
Ports 6-pin Firewire and mini-USB 2.0
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.87" x 5.46" x 1.35" (7.3 x 12.9 x 3.4cm)

In the package, you'll find the following items :-

  • The PodFreq
  • A storage pouch
  • Car charger
  • Spacer pads

    All the items found in the package.
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