by Mark R
I think we all know that iPod speaker docks are a dime a dozen, and the only thing that makes iPod dock stand out above another is the design. While some designers go for a contemporary or futuristic look, the PhotoFone II owes its unique look to the past. Apparently, some designer was completely enamored by the old gramophones of the nineteenth century and made it for the iPod.
The horn of the PhotoFone II is not just there for an old-school aesthetic. No, there was a reason why these older record players were so horny (looking) back then. In this case, the acoustics of the horn-shaped speaker can boost the sound up to 55 decibels. That might not be enough to disturb your neighbors, but is good enough to fill a room with quiet sound, which is exactly what those old gramophones did back then.
Not only does the Phonofone have the vintage look, but is made of materials from that bygone era. Instead of using modern materials like plastic, the PhonoFone II is mostly ceramics. I’m not certain what kind of power those old gramophones used, but this one doesn’t use batteries, but plugs right into wall.
The basic white version of the PhonoFone II costs about $500, and there is a limited edition black version for about $600.