Posted on Sat - July 8, 2006

Retro Bedroom Music

My stepfather recently developed a severe case of dementia. So this last Father's Day I talked Mom into getting him a gizmo he would actually use and would bring him some pleasure. He already had an iPod Mini from a few years back. Enter the Specktone Retro.

The Specktone Retro isn't a radio, it is a table top speaker system designed for iPods. No clock and no radio. It does charge the iPod though.

It has two speakers and a subwoofer. Sound quality is better than my iHome, although you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. It's not a digital amplifier, so it has more color in the tones than most of the modern stereo equipment I have heard.

Biggest advantage for Dad, two and only two controls. The power is in the back and he doesn't mess with that. The large knob on the front is the volume and it is illuminated. Even though Dad is hard of hearing, we haven't turned the thing past the 9 o'clock position yet, and that is enough to hear it through the walls in the next room.

We got Dad the black model ordered on the first day they were selling them (June 12). It sits in his room on a 1960s vintage executive desk, and the subwoofer makes that wood resonate.

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