Nick Farrell of has a poor thing or three to say about the new iPod Hi-Fi speakers from Apple. Clearly a sign that Apple has sunk deeper into becoming an entertainment kit, claims Farrell, the set up is a glorified boom box that is just downright ugly, he claims. Whilst the design was a little too post-modern for my tastes, ugly is perhaps exaggeration.

But what about the sound quality? Cnet, here, trumpeted the release under the headline "Steve Jobs is a self-confessed audiophile" failing to realise that a true audiophile would rather perforate their own ear drums than listen to compressed MP3s at home.

They will also tell you that any set of speakers under $500 is not an audiophile system and there are better 'active speakers' out there.