Meet GEORGE, he may become your next best friend. GEORGE isn’t your typical iPod speaker system but rather the first digital audio system to combine iPod music playback, a full feature wireless remote, AM/FM radio and alarm in one. Chillhouse Sound also announced its first optional upgrade module for GEORGE, yes you can upgrade the firmware on this system, — a consumer-installable, no subscription HD radio tuner which will be available in 2H 2007.
GEORGE’s features include a removable front panel that serves as a wireless remote with control of your iPod (with folder navigation), the radio, and the alarm. The wireless remote works for between four and six hours and can be recharged in its dock on GEORGE’s front panel or in the optional charging stand. Once you insert your iPod into GEORGE’s built-in dock, the system will automatically download all the meta data (tracks, artist info, etc.) so you can quickly search your music. The BANDLESS AM/FM radio allows you to organize stations based on personal interests like sports, news, talk, etc.
GEORGE contains an Aux jack for devices such as CD players and other MP3 players, a pre-amp jack out to support the installed base of larger audio systems to enable the iPod to serve as a fully remote-controlled “juke box” with a high-quality AM/FM radio, and a USB port for data transfer.
GEORGE supports 4G iPod and later with full remote and charging capability. GEORGE comes standard in white but optional finishes including cherry, mahogany and maple wood can be user installed. Older iPod models and the iPod shuffle are supported via the line-in jack. GEORGE will be available January 9, 2007 for $549 and $599 with a remote charging stand.