June 27, 2011 | Andy Boxall
Somewhat surprisingly, hip audio accessory manufacturer Skullcandy has announced a speaker dock for the iPhone and iPod. While there’s nothing surprising about that exactly, it’s the subtle and actually quite classy design that shocks!
Skullcandy’s range of headphones and earbuds have names ranging from the ridiculous Ink’d to the crass Smokin’ Buds, and are primarily for 14 year-olds. While they have dabbled in iPod docks before, the Vandal is the first true speaker system they’ve come up with.
Amazingly, it’s something those who’ve passed puberty may be interested in buying, thanks to a cool retro design and decent array of speakers. The blurb lists 80mm woofers and 19mm tweeters, but doesn’t say how many of each are housed in the curvy black and gold dock, however we’d guess there are two of each.
The total output power is 21 watts and the audio can be tweaked using a bass and treble dial, mounted alongside the usual play/stop and volume controls. Around the back of the Vandal is a 3.5mm audio input, and a 30-pin connector too.
The Vandal is listed as being out of stock on Skullcandy’s official site, and it doesn’t seem to have appeared on any other online retailer’s site just yet, so we’ve got no idea when it’s going to go on sale; but when it does it’s going to retail for $179.