Up to now, the majority of speaker system designed for
use with a personal audio player, or if we are being a tad cynical, err iPod, have been small, low-tech and achieve
little in terms of quality (although some
exceptions. However, French
manufacturer Focal has some changes in store.
This week it has unveiled the iCub (ah,
such original branding), which promises to turn the traditional role of
hi-fi systems around. The iCub promises detailed, 400watt sound which is supplemented by a specially designed Cub 2
subwoofer. It also has its own remote control and can connect to any MP3, digital
audio, CD or DVD audio system. Like traditional
hi-fi system, the iCub has a selection of inputs including Optical, RCA and
3.5mm mini-jack. It is available now for £450.