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, there’s only one they’re targeting, you iPod lover you). It’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 I’m not too sure how this is supposed to help in the sound quality department, but in the looks department it’s a knock out. It’ll set you back 30,000 yen ($260) if you can get a hold of one, but don’t count on it making it to the states, as Apple’s American bound lawyers will probably wrap this thing up in no time.
[Via: New Launches]