Ozaki is a brand that offers all kinds of iPod accessories, including these cute little Docking stations called the iMini Pet. Why Pet? Because it has a little stuffed animal perched on top of it, and wait, the animal dances to the music! There is an tendency initially to find it a little too childish, but once it’s on you just cannot take your eyes off the darned thing, it’s really that cute.
What is it ?
Now on to the tech part of it. iMini has built in a rhythm decoding chip MJ1191, in the embedded system. The skeletal frame is called HIPS skeleton. The device has a rated frequency response of 200 Hz – 16 KHz, thus bass seems a bit compromised. It has various sized moulds for different iPod devices, and also has a line in for other MP3 players. There is a mic in too. The SNR ratio is 60 dB. It also comes with a built in alarm clock and FM radio.
The sound output is quite loud and almost clean, actually just a tad of audible distortion at the max volume. As expected the mid frequencies are the dominating factor here, and bass is on the lesser side. The sound is good for a system that will be in a bedroom, on a bedside table. The alarm function works out just fine, no glitches there.
At a price of Rs. 6750, it’s a little expensive, at least comparad to other docks. The thing is, this product is a perfect gift for children, or for the better half, and chances are they are not going to bother too much about audio fidelity and accuracy. It’s loud enough, and more importantly the pet dances on top of it just too cutely. I cannot imagine a better gift this Valentine’s day. We sourced it from Access in Lamington Road, Mumbai. You can check their website for more details.
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