New iPod accessories from Hercules, as well as two DJ consoles
Hercules is the latest manufacturer to jump on the lucrative iPod bandwagon, launching a couple of speakers, a wireless remote control, and a couple of DJ mixing tables at the Apple Expo in Paris.
The i-XPS 120 is Hercules outdoor shockproof and water-resistant speaker system for iPod. It holds the device in a watertight enclosure, so there’s no danger of it getting splashed if it’s next to the pool or on the beach.
The company says that it incorporates a draining system to get rid of splashes; it also features shock-resistant rubber corners, and is undergoing IP66 certification for its resistance to the elements.
To make it portable, the device can run on four size C batteries, or be connected to the mains or a car cigarette lighter with the supplied adapter.
The second new iPod speaker is the i-XPS 250, this one designed for inside the home. Feature a black casing, the speakers feature a whopping 25W RMS output, which is quite terrifyingly powerful.
The company promises rich, clear sound, enhanced with 3D stereo effect and a 10cm subwoofer. It comes with a wireless remote control and an AUX in jack so that it can be used with music players other than the iPod.
Both speakers will be available from November for £69.
Hercules is also releasing the Tunes Explorer Wireless, which is a remote designed to give you control over your iTunes music library on both PC and Mac. The device, which comes in iPod white, features a backlit blue LCD display to show you what’s playing, and a spinning wheel for navigation through your list of tunes.
It operates on Radio Frequency technology, and comes with a small radio transmitter that connects to the computer so that the remote can be used anywhere in the house. It will be available next month for £49.90.
Last up are two new DJing units. The DJ Console MK2 is the third version of the device, which works together with Traktor 3LE software to let DJs create mixes on the Macs using both digital and analogue music.
The MK2 console has 2 stereo inputs for turntables, CD players, or groove boxes, as well as 2 outputs for loudspeakers or for an effects rack or mixing desk. Improvements for this version include better and more precise jog wheels for better scratching, and a new split mode that lets DJs listen to different tracks in each ear.
It plugs straight into the computer’s USB port, and doesn’t need another power supply; the device will be available in November for £279.90.
The second devices is the DJ Control MP3, which is now available for Mac, and supplied with DJ headphones. It offers mobile design and easy-to-use features perfect for this entry-level model. It, too, will be out in November, and retail for £199.