An iPhone 4 Amplifier That Doesn't Need Any Electricity

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The Phonofone III, like the Phonofone II before it, pumps tunes from your iPhone at 60dB without having to be plugged in to any outlet. Yup. It's just big beautiful acoustic amplification.

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While its predecessor was nearly $900, Science+Sons is offering first batch of redesigned Phonofone IIIs for only about $200 bucks. That's not extravagantly expensive! And the new Phonofone isn't as extravagantly designed as the earlier place-your-iPod-earbuds-in-a-special-listening-chamber version, either—just pop your iPhone 4 in the dock and the ceramic horn will amplify the audio coming out of your iPhone's speaker roughly 4 times, or about 60dB. Simple!

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The first run is only 50 units, so act fast if you want to give your iPhone to gift of song this holiday season. [ScienceandSons]

DISCUSSION

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I love overpriced and ridiculous looking gadgets that embrace the limitations of crappy hardware.

No camera phone in the world takes decent pictures or videos. They take fair shots in situations where you don't have a camera on you, but they are not a replacement for a simple, cheap point-and-shoot. Yet people still go out and buy strap-on lenses that glorify their idiocy.

Same with the speaker on your phone. It's good as a low quality substitute for the real deal, but you can't polish it up to sound like anything more than amplified crap.