Munich, Germany-based Goldster Audio GmbH has announced
Concertino, a premium-priced sound system for the iPod that mixes old and new technology. It combines a tube-based audio amplifier and full range speakers, along with a second audio-in port that lets you also attach a CD player or other audio equipment. Priced at €3,200 ($4,283), it’s not likely to appeal to the masses, although it’s sure to create a stir among well-heeled, iPod-toting audiophiles.
Goldster says Concertino has been “‘designed for iPod’ in every respect,” although Concertino doesn’t actually have a direct iPod docking station (its photography depicts an iPod in an Apple-standard dock, instead). It is constructed of solid aluminum and hardened glass, with hand-applied multilayer white paint to complement the iPod’s finish.
The triode-based amplifier measures 13.29 x 7.09 x 3.3 inches and weighs about 22 pounds, and features two gold-plated RCA stereo inputs. Goldster chose a tube-based design because of its richness of tone, according to press materials, and because Concertino’s designers believe that tube amps can “compensate for the sound distortions of today’s music productions and data reduction.” The amplifier houses four tubes: Two 6 AS7 G and two ECL 82/6BM8 models.
The speakers, designed especially for the amplifier, each measure 6.3 x 11.42 x 6.3 inches, and weigh about 13.23 pounds. They’re each equipped with 600 ohm 45v gold-plated screw connectors. The cabinets are ported and house a 4.5-inch double-cone full-range driver.
Also included in the package is a mini stereo to RCA cable, to connect the iPod or the iPod dock with the Concertino, a power cord, two 13-foot triple core speaker cables, and a manual. The company also sells cable extensions and speaker stands designed for the Concertino.