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on April 27, 2008
First, the basic word: This device made my iPod sound gorgeous. I have tried several iPod speaker systems, and for sound, none have compared to the iTube. In this respect, the iTube does what Fatman promises: It turns spikey digital sound into a luxuriant musical bath.
My Carbon Edition iTube arrived timely and well-packed. I bought the base unit only, deciding to pair it with Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 speakers. Set up was easy, but once done, problems immediately became apparent: 1. The unit takes a long time to warm up. 2. The remote, plastic and cheap feeling, operated only when I stood straight in front of the iTube. It was for all practical purposes useless. 3. I could only coax so much sound from the unit. In fact, at top volume, it seemed oddly lacking for an amp supposedly rated at 25 watts. 4. The volume control on the unit continues turning once one reaches maximum volume. Although not a big problem, it is an annoyance.
Still, the sound was lovely - until, that is, the next day. The unit ceased working. It just died. Although I enlisted the help of a friend who is an audio professional, I never figured out what happened. I shipped the unit back to Amazon (a painless process - thank you Amazon). I decided not to get a replacement. At Carbon Edition's price point, sudden death along with the other problems undermined my confidence.
If I could find a dependable iTube, I might reconsider. I do not listen to music at high volumes, and the remote's tendency to free me from couch potatodum might offset its limitations. Besides, the device looks way cool with the lacquer black finish and three glowing tubes. If Fatman dealt with the Carbon Edition's problems, five stars, definitely.