Polk Audio I-Sonic ES 2 - ISONIC (I-SONIC2)
Polk Audio's I-Sonic sound will change the way you listen to music. Never before could you enjoy such rich, full-bodied sound from a system so compact and easy to live with. Polk's breakthrough I-Sonic acoustic system creates a stereo soundstage throughout your entire room. Polk starts with four specially-designed full range speakers, two on the front and two on the back of the sleek I-Sonic Entertainment System console. Through the magic of Digital Signal Processing, Polk engineers create full stereo all the way around the system. And for lows so deep they will astound you, we include Polk's patented PowerPort® bass technology.
The new I-Sonic® ES2 includes a second generation HD Radio tuner with full multicasting. With its advanced acoustical system, Digital Signal Processing, and new HD Radio tuner technology, the I-Sonic ES2 is the highest performing self-contained HD Radio product on the market. The I-Sonic ES2 accepts all iPod models with dock connectors in its top-mounted iPod dock hidden beneath a sliding door. S-Video and composite video outputs allow the user to connect a television or video monitor to the IES2 for viewing video content stored on a video iPod.
The I-Sonic ES2 introduces a new music discovery feature from Apple® called iTunes Tagging which makes it simple to buy songs you hear on HD Radio stations. The iTunes Tag button on the I-Sonic ES2's front panel and remote control allows you to "tag" songs broadcast by HD Radio stations. The I-Sonic ES2 stores information about the tagged songs to its memory and transfers the tags to an iPod* when docked. When you sync your iPod with your computer, iTunes automatically presents the songs in a new Tagged play-list for the you to preview, buy, and download. iTunes Tagging is a great way to discover new music and add it to one's collection.
- Four-speaker I-Sonic Technology
Polk's engineering breakthrough changes the rules for small system performance. Conventional table-top systems "beam" the sound straight towards the listener, even those with two speakers. At best, these designs can create a stereo soundfield for someone seated directly facing the unit. It's not at all satisfying for any other listeners in the room.Only Polk's exclusive, patent-pending I-Sonic design lets everyone in the room enjoy the rich sound. The I-Sonic stereo soundfield is projected all around. No matter where you are in the room, you'll get the full I-Sonic experience with the I-Sonic ES2.
- Deep Bass from Patented PowerPort® Technology
PowerPort venting technology belts out the kind of rich powerful bass you'd expect from much larger stereo speakers. Bass ports redirect the sound created by the back of the speaker cone into the room. But conventional bass ports lose efficiency and create distortion because of air turbulence at the mouth of the port. PowerPort vastly reduces air turbulence at the port mouth thereby reducing distortion and increasing bass output. This is the same technology used in Polk's legendary $10,000 Signature Reference Theater system. In the I-Sonic ES2 PowerPort delivers sound that is rich and warm, making all of your music and movies sound life-like and satisfying.
- Advanced Digital Signal Processing
We've harnessed the incredible data processing power of the latest chip technology to bring you superior sound. Built into every I-Sonic ES and I-Sonic ES2 is a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with the processing power of a small computer. Polk engineers have programmed the DSP to ensure that you hear incredible sound at every volume level in every spot in the room. First a Dynamic Loudness Contour automatically adjusts bass and treble response to account for your ears' frequency sensitivity at low volume. You'll hear rich well balanced sound even at late night listening levels. The DSP also prevents distortion at high volume with its Dynamic Compression. Go ahead, crank up the volume and play air guitar to your heart's content. With I-Sonic the sound will always be crisp, clear and clean. Finally, the powerful DSP controls the time delay and frequency shaping that is behind Polk's exclusive and patented I-Sonic four-speaker technology. You'll hear full bodied, huge stereo sound in every spot in your room.
- Bass and Treble Controls
No matter how hard we've worked to perfect I-Sonic's sound, there may be times when you'll want to adjust the sound to suit your personal taste or to compensate for sonic flaws in program material. I-Sonic has user adjustable Bass and Treble controls. That may seem like a simple feature but you'd be amazed how few premium compact audio systems offer this useful and basic feature.
- Full Complement of Inputs/Outputs
Backpanel hookups include: Aux 1 input, RCA output, Composite Video, S video as well as AM and FM antenna hookups. The left sidepanel has an Aux 2 input for iPod and other MP3 players and a headphone jack.
- Dual Alarm Clock
The I-Sonic ES features a dual alarm clock that can be set to either 12-hour AM/PM or Military 24-hour time formats. You can set two different alarm times, each with a different choice of alarm. You can wake at 6:30AM to a radio station while your spouse wakes at 7:30AM to the alarm tone. To make your wake-up less stressful, we've made the music and alarm tone volumes come up gently and slowly from a whisper to the volume level you set the night before. We call it SoftWake. Duh.
- iPod and MP3 players Connectivity
iPods and MP3 players, cassette decks or any stereo audio source devices hook up to the I-Sonic ES via one of two Auxiliary inputs: a stereo mini jack connector on the side and a pair of RCA jacks on the back.
- iTunes tagging
Select songs from compatible HD Radio broadcasts for later purchase through iTunes. iTunes tagging works with iPod Classic and third generation iPod Nano.
- Memory Presets 30
- Random Play Yes
- Track Repeat Yes
- Disc Repeat Yes
- Track Programming No
- Cassette Deck No
- Display Color Blue
- Remote Included Yes
- Wake-up Timers Dual
- Sleep Timer Yes
Inputs & Outputs
- Auxiliary Inputs RCA/Mini
- Analog Outputs Audio/Video
- Headphone Output Yes
What's In The Box
- HD-Radio/iPod Music System
- AC adapter with attached 6' DC cord
- 4' AC cord
- IR wireless remote control with 3V battery
- 6 iPod adapter inserts
- High-Gain FM dipole antenna
- FM wire antenna / AM loop antenna
- Owner's Guide
- Height: 4.88"
- Width: 14.56"
- Depth: 9.8"
- Unit Weight: 6 lbs.
- Shipping Weight: 9 lbs