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Does Size Matter?If You’re An Audiophile With An iPad It Does

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Take a look at this, the first iPad speaker dock we’ve seen – there’s bound to be a lot more appearing soon…

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The FloBox and FloBox Mini both make an appeal to younger generations with cleaner industrial design, eye-catching piano gloss finishes and compact, dorm-friendly form factors. They offer iPad connectivity through a dock on the top, plus built-in speakers, USB inputs, FM tuners, and on the larger unit, a traditional CD drive. The distinctive box-on-a-pedestal design features a front grille that drops down to reveal a strip of controls and an LED display. SpeakerCraft hasn’t announced full availability details, but the full-size FloBox will retail for $399.

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For a company that built its reputation on custom in-wall speaker systems, SpeakerCraft made an unlikely candidate to bring out iPad docks but that’s exactly what the company unveiled at CEDIA on Wednesday. The company has shifted its focus from audiophiles down to mass-market consumers with the new Vital 250 amplifier, FloBox and FloBox Mini all-in-one systems, all of which feature built-in iPad docks.

The first amplifier on the market with an integrated iPad dock, the Vital 250 allows users to drop the entire tablet on top for music playback and charging, or wirelessly zip music to it from the couch with built-in AirPlay compatibility. True to SpeakerCraft’s audiophile legacy, it will also upconvert compressed MP3s to improve sound quality. It offers two-channel output at 50 watts per channel, and a similar design to SpeakerCraft’s other pro-grade amps, but with a smaller footprint made to nestle into a bedroom or beside a computer, plus a down-market price tag of $699.

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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