Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2

Powered speaker system for iPod®

  • Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2

    iPod touch not included

  • Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2


  • Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2

    Dock detail (iPod touch not included)

  • Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2

    iPod touch not included

  • Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2


Item #: 065IDS2

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by Ralph Graves
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Enjoy music from your iPod with the compact Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 speaker system. High-performance built-in stereo speakers and 30 watts of power deliver clean, room-filling sound. The provided remote lets you adjust the volume, and it gives you basic control over your iPod — play, pause, and start songs from across the room.

A composite video output lets you connect the system to a TV and show photos and videos from your docked player. A USB connector allows you to sync your iPod to your computer. And you can play other portable devices through the Horizon i-DS2 using the system's auxiliary input.

Read our blog post about how the Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 transformed a baby's room. See more info on this item


  • for all docking iPods, including 120GB iPod classic, 2nd generation iPod touch and curved screen iPod nano
  • two 3-1/2" full-range speakers
  • 15 watts RMS x 2
  • BassTrac audio processing for great sounding bass at any volume level
  • composite video output
  • high-speed USB connection for pass-through iPod syncing
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • remote control
  • charges most iPods while docked (will not charge 2G iPod touch or curved screen iPod nano)
  • 12-3/4"W x 5-1/2"H x 5-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Black iPod speaker dock
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 7 iPod dock adapter inserts (one installed)
  • 24" Stereo minijack cable with a male 3.5mm connector on each end
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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Overview: The Boston Acoustic Horizon i-DS2 is a compact iPod dock speaker system which features high performance full-range speakers, an acoustically tuned chamber for maximum bass, and an IR wireless remote that puts you in control of your iPod from across the room.

Amplifier: The Boston Acoustic i-DS2 is equipped with a 15 watt RMS/30 watts peak per channel amplifier high performance sound reproduction.

Speakers: The Horizon i-DS2 features dual 3-1/2" full-range speaker in separate acoustic chambers, vented for extend bass response.

BassTrac: The i-DS2 uses BassTrac audio processing for great sounding bass at any volume level.

iPod Dock: The Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 features a top-mounted Apple iPod dock to connect your iPod. Using the supplied iPod adapter inserts, the i-DS2 can support many iPods that feature a dock connection. The i-DS2 is "Made for iPod compatible" and supports the following iPod model functions (Dec. 2009).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod Song/Artist  Track
dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
 mini 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
video 5th Y Composite Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y Composite Y Y N N Y
120GB Y Composite Y Y N N Y
160GB Y Composite Y Y N N Y
 nano 1 gen Y N Y Y N N Y
2 gen Y N Y Y N N Y
3 gen Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4 gen Y Composite Y Y N N Y
5 gen Y Composite Y Y N N Y
 touch 1 gen Y Composite Y Y N N Y
2 gen Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3 gen Y Composite Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N

Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

Video Output: If your iPod can store video or photos you can view them on an external television when it is docked to the i-DS2 via its rear-panel composite video output. Composite video cable not supplied.

Wireless Remote Control: The i-DS2 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control to operate the unit and your docked iPod. The supplied wireless remote control can operate basic playback functions of your docked iPod such as Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, Next Track, and Previous Track. Your docked iPod's controls will also remain fully functional for advanced playback and menu features. The i-DS2 features volume controls and a power button on the actual unit.

USB Port: The unit's rear-panel USB type-B port lets you sync your iPod with iTunes while it is docked in the i-DS2. USB cable not provided.

Auxiliary Input: Other audio equipment, such as a portable CD player or older iPod models that do not have an Apple iPod dock connector can be connected to the i-DS2 through the unit's rear-panel 3.5mm Aux input. The system comes supplied with a 24" stereo minijack cable.

Power Supply: The Boston Acoustic Horizon i-DS2 operates off of standard household AC current. The unit features an in internal power supply so no bulky external adapter is needed, just the supplied 6' AC power cord.

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Boston Horizon i-DS2

Written By elderberry, New York on Saturday, March 20, 2010
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This system is excellent. I am extremely happy with the purchase. Very rich sound and excellent base. A great value. Highly recommended.
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Written By drush54, Maryland on Saturday, April 25, 2009
This system really rocks, especially if you compare it to others in this price range. You will experience full, room filling sound that has plenty of bass packed into a small box. One point of interest I've found is that this unit does in fact charge my 2nd gen ipod touch. Under the "hands on research" section it indicates that it does not, but it certainly does. Either way, I would have purchased this unit based on its sound quality. I had a portable unit prior to this and tried to convince myself that portability was more important than sound quality. However, other products I have purchased from Crutchfield have spoiled me on sound that packs a punch. This unit can still be moved easily from room to room and taken on vacation! One recommendation...if you can adjust your ipod's EQ to boost the treble, you may want to do so. You'll be surprised by the bass and will want to compensate on high end. Enjoy!
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