Merge New and Old with an iVictrola iPad Dock, No Electricity Required

IVictrola

For those who love their iPads but miss the warm, muted sounds of a 78rpm phonograph, feast your eyes on the iVictrola iPad dock. A successor to the iVictrola iPhone dock a few years ago, this acoustic amplifier uses the speaker outputs of your iPad and an antique Magnavox phonograph radio horn to playback anything from Bix Beiderbecke to Lady Gaga – no electricity required.

The wooden dock couples the iPad to the horn and acts as a megaphone, amplifying sound the old fashioned way. Simple and elegant. But reverting to the acoustic glories of your grandparents won’t come cheap: limited quantites are supposed to be released for $985 this November from Design Within Reach.

Does that also come with an app for introducing pops and scratches into the playback?

[UPDATE: several people have contacted me to point out that this is actually an old radio horn, not from a phonograph.]

  • Beto

    I cant share with the doc picture….

  • WardC

    It would be much more attractive if it was $95.00, not $985.00 — I am sure they are salvaging these horns from broken junk antiques, and putting them in a wooden block and selling them for $985.00, probably making a ton of money in the process.

  • scotrace

    The horn comes from an old radio set, not a phonograph. 

  • Crashfennec

    Yeah I can totally see myself using this. I am in love with it. Such a great idea. 

  • Blair S

    From a company called “Design Within Reach”….
    Who’s reach… God’s?

    I’ll wait for the knockoff version from China and buy it for my husband.

  • Jordan Clay

    Holy crap…..not even a working victrola would cost $1,000.  Beautiful idea, Ridiculous price

  • Cowboy Ron

    Does it add 78 Scratches Per Minute?  I mean, if you’re nostalgic for old times and all, you kind of need that.  No?

  • prof_peabody

    It doesn’t seem like it would work very well.  The acoustic path from the dock to the beginning of the horn couldn’t possibly be curved enough to do the trick.  Whatever sound you would get would be significantly deadened by the first part of the pathway.  

  • Adam Rosen

    Thanks Scott, I’ve updated the post accordingly.

  • JulianKeznde

    still can’t believe it I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://alturl.com/8yjuf

  • Masticationiskey
  • Masticationiskey

    They have waaay better ones here:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/India

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Adam RosenAdam Rosen is an Apple certified IT consultant specializing in Macintosh systems new and old. He lives in Boston with two cats and too many possessions. In addition to membership in the Cult of Mac, Adam has written for Low End Mac and is curator of the Vintage Mac Museum. He also enjoys a good libation.

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