Recently 80s culture has crept up again as retro cool with a modern technological twist. The iHome iP4 Portable FM Stereo Boombox For iPhone/iPod is one such example. It’s a reinterpretation of the boombox that’s actually an iPhone and iPod dock, complete with a digital amp, a digital tuning FM radio, and a five-band graphic equaliser. There’s also a line-in jack (cable not included) so you can actually connect anything to it that plays audio and has a 3.5mm headphone port on it, such as a laptop or MP3 player. The exterior is rubberised, which is pleasant to the touch, and to produce stereo sound the boombox has two four-inch carbon composite woofers and two one-inch dome tweets. There are control knobs for volume and tuning, as well as buttons for adjusting each of the five bands of the graphic equaliser individually. True to the high-quality originals, iHome’s boombox can play very loud sound without distortion, and you can hear noticeable changes in the sound as you fiddle with the graphic equaliser bands. The boombox is powered with D batteries or you can plug it into the wall with the two-prong adapter, which is supplied, along with two international plugs. There’s also a magnetic remote control so you can control the unit from anywhere in the room. The boombox is available in grey or, if you’re feeling daring, pink. The dock connector, which pivots and can charge your audio source, is compatible with most iPhones and iPods, including many of the much older units. The recommended retail price of the iHome iP4 Portable FM Stereo Boombox For iPhone/iPod is R1 999. It is available at Look & Listen and Digicape or contact KNR Flat Rock on 011-608-3650. Alternatively, visit its web site if you have queries. For more information visit iHome. Text: Mandy J Watson Mandy J Watson is an award-winning journalist, copy editor, and blogger who runs brainwavez.org, which is devoted to all the geeky areas where culture and technology intersect. You can follow her on Twitter at @mandyjwatson.