Looking like a giant iPod to go, the i2 from Cain Laboratories in Japan is a mini stereo system for use with your MP3 player of choice (though given the look, thereâ€™s only one theyâ€™re targeting, you iPod lover you). Itâ€™s got a white plastic casing, clickwheel controls, and even a shuffle looking remote to round out the copyright infringement. What sets this stereo apart though is its use of a vacuum tube for amplification, clearly displayed like a jewel atop the controls and lit up with an array of blue LEDs. The amplifier houses a subwoofer with an output of 12w, and each satellite speaker can pump out 6w of rocking sound. Usually iPods play compressed music though so Iâ€™m not too sure how this is supposed to help in the sound quality department, but in the looks department itâ€™s a knock out. Itâ€™ll set you back 30,000 yen ($260) if you can get a hold of one, but donâ€™t count on it making it to the states, as Appleâ€™s American bound lawyers will probably wrap this thing up in no time.
[Via: New Launches]