Great gimmick. The Dice iTPA-220 dock is a tube-powered pre-amp that warms the compressed digital files from your IPod and then amplifies through the solid state powered active speakers. Nutty. I've had my eye on this baby since it was first introduced, years ago, at $299.00. The Wal-Mart price made me an owner as soon as I spotted it. Fast shipping too. My IPod Touch works fine, set to Airplane Mode, by simply inserting the enclosed "Charging Adaptor" into the preamp and then clamping my IPod’s dock tray within. Not exactly plug and play, but close enough to be idiot proof from this reviewer. All the needed gear is included, with bonus 1/8" jack- to-dual-RCAs for hooking up an optional external source. My IPod is even charging properly. No funky burning smell (read such complaint elsewhere) after two hours. It sounds pretty good at all volumes. Good bass response, clarity, and plenty of volume for home use. If you’re an old soul that holds some reservation toward digital sound, this unit is strangely satisfying both in terms of audio quality and the bizarre paradox of the unit’s futuristic retro look. It’s worth the hundred bucks, that's for sure.
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