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



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.]

[via Ubergizmo]

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21 responses to “Merge New and Old with an iVictrola iPad Dock, No Electricity Required”

  1. Beto says:

    I cant share with the doc picture….

  2. WardC says:

    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.

  3. scotrace says:

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

  4. Crashfennec says:

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

  5. Blair S says:

    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.

  6. Jordan Clay says:

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

  7. Cowboy Ron says:

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

  8. prof_peabody says:

    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.  

  9. Adam Rosen says:

    Thanks Scott, I’ve updated the post accordingly.

  10. JulianKeznde says:

    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

  11. Masticationiskey says:

    They have waaay better ones here:

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