Some people think when it comes to technology, the smaller, sleeker, and subtler the better. Then, there are those people who like to be ironic. The former group of people drive Maseratis, and own tres chic iPod docks.


The latter group drive souped-up 1985 Yugo GVs, don’t watch TV but regularly seek out Vaudeville shows, and listen to music on this: the iVictrola iPod Amplifier. Whichever group you fall into, you’ll have to admit it’s pretty cool–looking and sounding. It works like any other iPod docking station, only it doesn’t work on batteries, electrical outlets, or solar power. And herein lies the rub: though it looks antique, this technology actually appears more advanced than what everyone and their mothers are picking up at the local Best Buy. The iVictrola iPod Amplifier works completely on self-sustained acoustic amplification. So just plug your iPod or iPhone into the hand-carved walnut base and press play. The “horn” piece is crafted from metal that maximizes amplification. Works like a charm. At $400, it’s a bit pricey, but you’ll be saving money on batteries and your electric bill, so… You have that going for you. You can find out more about the iVictrola iPod Amplifier here.