One of these speakers is 11-feet tall, the other just 3.5 feet. Can you tell which is which?
Do you have €400,000 ($562,000) lying around? Well, you might want to do something about that, especially if it’s on the kitchen table, you have windows open and it’s a breezy day. And if you’re a complete moron, I have just the thing to waste it on: Jean Michele Jarre’s AeroDream One, aka “The ultimate tower station for iPod, iPad and iPhone.”
Possibly the best thing about the AeroDream One is the publicity photo, featuring a grinning Jarre climbing a (built-in) ladder to put his iPad into the top of the 11-foot behemoth. Why the hell is the slot on the top?
The answer is that this isn’t the real AeroDream One. It is a ginat-sized, fully-functioning replica to be used to (shrewdly) drum up interest in the actual €400 AeroDream One, a three-year-old product. But before we get to that, you want to see the specs of this monster, right?
The tower has an 18-inch subwoofer, a pair of 12-inch mid-range drivers and two three-inch tweeters. These are driven by a 10,000-watt, five channel amp. Inputs come via jack, 30-pin iPhone dock, USB and XLR, and there’s an HDMI output. The whole lot weighs 395 kilos, or 871 pounds.
Is anyone else thinking about Marty McFly cranking up the guitar amp in Doc Brown’s workshop right now?
The more practical version is just over a meter high (3.6 feet), and packs a 60-watt sub and a pair of 30-watt tweeters. It too has a 30-pin dock up top, along with a 3.5mm jack and USB port. It weighs a mere 14kg, or 31 pounds — barely enough to crush a dog if it falls, let alone a human.
I’m not sure if I’m in the market for a $500+ speaker dock just to play crappy MP3s, but once I saw the photo of 1980s legend JMJ up a ladder I had no choice but to write this post. The only thing that could be better would be the same photo, only with David Hasselhoff on a matching speaker ladder, and both of them giving a double thumbs-up. Tell me you wouldn’t pay to see that.