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Apple® AirPlay® receiver for car stereos
Our take on the Focal iBox by Crutchfield's Dominic DeVito
Hear hi-res music from your iPhone® through your car stereo wirelessly
So you've ditched your CDs and you're packing your music library on an Apple device. However, listening to your digital tunes in the car presents a couple of problems. The first is connectivity, which means you've got wires running into the glove compartment, across the dash, or somewhere else that might be inconvenient. The second issue is the fidelity of your songs — even if you've got lossless files on your iPhone, iPad®, or iPod touch®, they still don't sound as great as they could through your car's stereo. Now, Focal's iBox with Apple AirPlay makes wireless transmission of your tunes and breathtaking sound quality readily available, so you can hear a noticeable difference without any annoying wires.
The Focal iBox generates its own Wi-Fi signal, allowing it to easily communicate with any AirPlay equipped Apple device within your vehicle. The iBox offers analog (RCA) and digital (coaxial/fibre optical) outputs for connecting to your car radio or external digital signal processor. The iBox receives the music wirelessly from your Apple device then employs an advanced 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter to give your music files immaculate sound reproduction — even better than most CDs — before passing them to your stereo.
You'll hear details and nuance in your music that you thought were probably lost to the ether, especially if you use the digital output to lower the chance of noise entering the audio chain. The iBox also features its own master clock to keep the audio free from jitter, distortion, and degradation. Focal's dedication to uncompromised sound means your music files won't encounter any noise, harshness, or artifacts between your Apple device and your car's sound system.
Control through your Apple device
You'll still have to choose the songs and view relevant info from your iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone, but it's a small price to pay for such improved sound without any wires in the way. The iBox requires power and ground connections, and you'll have to set up the Wi-Fi network in your vehicle with the included network card and passcode before the iBox can communicate with your AirPlay enabled device.
What's in the Box:
- WiFi Airplay receiver
- Network/Password Card
- Wi-Fi enabled receiver for use with Apple AirPlay devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)
- creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot in your vehicle to receive audio signals wirelessly
- network card with Wi-Fi password included
- built-in 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter
- real master clock for stability and reduced jitter
- frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz
- RCA stereo outputs (1.53 Vrms maximum output level)
- S/PDIF digital coaxial/fibre optical output (compatible with TOSLINK connectors)
- dimensions: 5-1/4"W x 2-3/8"H x 3-3/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Features and Specs
Focal iBox: The Focal iBox is a WiFi AirPlay Receiver which lets you wirelessly transmit high-resolution audio from your Apple iOS device to your in-dash car stereo. The iBox creates it own WiFi hotspot and is able to communicate with your Apple iOS device via AirPlay. The iBox offers analog (RCA) and digital (Coaxial) outputs to connect to your vehicle's car stereo.
Built-in WiFi: The Focal iBox transmits its own WiFi signal inside your vehicle in order to wirelessly connect with your AirPlay-enabled Apple iOS device and listen to your music though your car stereo system.
AirPlay Technology: The Focal iBox employs AirPlay technology in order to connect wirelessly with any AirPlay-enabled Apple iOS device. This allows you to wirelessly stream your iTunes music and music apps on your Apple device to your vehicle's car stereo system. You will continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your Apple device. AirPlay is supported by the Apple iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5/5C/5S), iPad (1/2/3/4/iPad Air), or iPad mini (including Retina display); running iOS 4.3 or later.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC w/ Real Master Clock: The Focal iBox employs a 24-bit/96kHz DAC and features its own master clock to provide high-quality, natural, accurate sound with no jitter, distortion, or degradation.
Analog + Digital Outputs: The Focal iBox is fitted with both analog and digital outputs to connect the WiFi AirPlay Receiver to your in-dash car stereo. There is a stereo RCA output and a digital coaxial output (cables not included).
Power/Ground Leads: The Focal iBox requires a 12V power and ground connection to your vehicle's electrical system.
- Audio Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
- Maximum Output Level ( 1Khz, Full Scale): 1.53Vrms ( RCA)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22000Hz ( +/- 0.1dB)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio ( S/N): -160 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.01%
- Digital Noise Floor: -105dB
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