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Shopping Advice: IXOOST iPod/iPhone Docks

Combine a custom machined block of aluminum, some old exhaust headers, and some high-quality speakers and what do you get? IXOOST, which is today’s coolest tech/automotive gadget. Rush out and buy one of these for every auto/moto enthusiast on your list.

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 The IXOOST system comes in your choice of 8, 10, or 12 cylinders. Each “cylinder” is a speaker. Tweeters, mid-range, and subwoofers are all part of the package. I have never actually listened to one in person, but the following description from the IXOOST website conveys exactly how I would expect the experience to be:

iXoost is a pleasure machine, coupling fine mechanical workmanship with the high-tuned nerves of a throbbing Formula One tailpipe. Noise, symphony or melody: it’s our senses that must guide us through these things. Behind every iXoost there lies all the magic of the ‘sound’ of our own emotions, our memories in the ears and into the very soul of each and every one of us, like those playing cards clipped onto our bike-wheel spokes to produce our very first rumble of speed.

IXOOST got its name from its Italian designer’s misprocunciation of the word exhaust. Oh, did I mention that they are designed and made to order in Modena, Italy?  Also, did I mention that there is no pricing listed on their website?  Most likely, in the price spectrum of iPod docks, these are closer to Ferrari than Kia.  Still, how nice would this look on your coffee table?

Since the price tag (whatever it is) may keep some of you hoons from owning this item, may I suggest a D.I.Y version? How difficult could it be? If you build one, be sure to keep us updated.

Scott Ith is an Associate Editor with Hooniverse.com, but he also contributes to his own site NeedThatCar.com.  Head over there for more hooniganism.

Currently there are "20 comments" on this Article:

  1. wunno sev says:

    I hope they did the calculations for ideal runner length to get the scavenging effect at 50Hz. Gotta have that bass.

  2. Irishzombieman says:

    DAMN IT!

    Just last night I finished my copy of Murilee's Junkyard Bugaloo Boombox*. Now I gots to start all over.

    <img src="http://kanardo.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/boombox_frt_top_ants_up.jpg&quot; width=400">

    *not really–still collecting junk

    • Tanshanomi says:

      Yea, gotta do that, too. I haven't even got around to the collecting junk stage yet, though.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/L6xXm.jpg&quot; width="500"> Whoohoo found it! In jr high I made something like this from two speakers, two flashlight batteries, and a tape deck out of a Honda. It was not at all as cool as the Saucy Minx's, but it got me through for two years before I bought my first real boom box. Before this I used an old Radio Shack datasette.
      [youtube eaQP2QLdZkA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaQP2QLdZkA youtube]

      • Irishzombieman says:

        Absolutely excellent, my friend. How great would the world be if everyone not only knew how to do stuff like this, but actually did it?

        Several years back I made one of these with my kids. Blew their minds, even though they don't remember it now. Maybe time to do it again. http://scitoys.com/scitoys/scitoys/electro/electr

        <img src="http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/electro/chap2.gif&quot; wisth=400>

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

          Okay I will now have to make this with my kids, thanks! Here's something I ran into a while back: http://bizarrelabs.com/foxhole.htm It's about how POWs made radios from things like rusty razor blades! It turns-out the really hard thing to make is an ear piece. Anyway, you're right the world would be much better. I ran across this after I had talked with a Russian buddy of mine that used to work here with me. He found this old scout book when he was a kid that taught how to cook your own diodes! My son's current boy scout book doesn't even show how to tie a fish hook to a line :( Somewhere the world made a wrong turn.

          • OA5599 says:

            The fishing knots are part of the fishing merit badge and not part of the main handbook.

            Got a Bass Pro Shop nearby? You are in luck. For the next couple of weeks, they are offering free classes for fishing and rifle shooting merit badges. Check your local store for dates and times.
            http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/

            • mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

              Thanks, all Bass Pro Shops are really far away from me, I went for the first time two Sundays ago and was very impressed. It makes sense the fishing knots are in the merit badge booklet, didn't think of that, but I swear when I was a kid there was more in the handbook itself, like some basics about everything.

              • OA5599 says:

                A retired scoutmaster said one of the reasons he quit was because he felt BSA started playing games to boost revenue. Switching from including everything in one book to having to buy additional supplements is a good example of that.

                We did both badges last week. Had to do the "cook a fish" requirement at home, but everything else was on-site.

                • Irishzombieman says:

                  When I was a kid, my Boy Scout handbook was as big as my Bible. Got just as much use, too. That thing had everything in it. I remember the day I moved up from Cub Scouts, paid my initial BS dues and was given the handbook. I'd always had a thing for rope and knots, and this book had a whole chapter on them. Inside a month I was the troop's champion knot guy and got third at a competition at my very first camporee.

                  I've not been to a Boy Scout meeting since 1989. I can still recite the Scout Law and Oath. I learned way more than knots out of my handbook. I lit fires, built tree houses, taught myself to cook. . . The Bible taught me my philosophy. I learned practicality from my Boy Scout Handbook.

                  And it sorta bums me out to think of that book not having a little bit of information about a lot of things in it.

                  There aren't any troops within easy driving distance of where I live. Might have to start working with my boys one on one.

                  • OA5599 says:

                    Why not organize your own troop?
                    http://www.circle10.org/site/c.owL1KgN4LxH/b.1680

                    • Irishzombieman says:

                      I've considered it. Am still trying to figure out how to make it work with our life. My wife's job takes up almost all our weekends and usually involve a lot of volunteer help (me), so when we finally get free time we just sort of collapse in a heap somewhere.

                      But I don't want my kids ten years from now to describe their childhood as busy and boring. Something's gonna change soon. And I want Boy Scouts to be parts of that change.

                    • OA5599 says:

                      Our family has lots of non-scout weekend stuff, too. Our troop meetings are on weeknights, so the weekend conflicts won't come into play. We have a campout roughly once per month during the school year, but have enough assistant scout masters and other support volunteers that the boys stay supervised even when several of the leaders have schedule conflicts.

                      In other words, your wife's job shouldn't be a huge roadblock, especially after you've recruited some other leadership.

                      Hint: several of our leaders don't have kids in the troop, and are either too young to have boys that age or are old enough that they are empty nesters with plenty of time to kill. You know how the circus was big fun when you were 6 years old and then you eventually outgrew it, but then it became fun again when you had your own kids to bring to it? A scout troop is like the circus to those people.

                    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

                      I'll add my two cents as well, OA made a lot good ones. As a BS service project when I was a kid I helped a new school organize a new cub pack and boy scout troop. I had a scout master from my troop help out, actually he helped big time. The big things were:

                      Find a charter organization – in our case it was a nearby church. We had to get a person to be the charter member or something like that it was called for each group. Now there was an issue here as some person from the church caught wind of it and was adamant that the boys would have to go to service on Sunday. Back then I did not see how it could be a problem at first, but this was a public school, the kids would be all sorts. I mean imagine you were Jewish say, missed your service on Saturday at a camp-out and then you had to go to a protestant one in full communion of the charter church or what ever that bonehead wanted called it. Could be upsetting for families. So the scout master heard about it and worked with the other two charter people to get that resolved. I think at first it was going to be that the kids would get back from camp-outs early on Sundays, but that was stupid too. In the end there was no req like that. Anyway, you will need a charter person as well. They don't do much except then and during recharterings.

                      find a place for meetings – this was the school cafeteria, was no problem at all, everybody at the school was really great. There was no charge or anything even. There was some details to arrange having keys, that's about it. In my troop when it started out it was very small, we had the meetings the first year in a scoutmaster's basement. That could work in the beginning as well.

                      committee members – This was trouble to find all of them. I think we needed three for each. They actually had a lot to do, going to meetings, signing stuff, especially in the beginning so it was hard. When things settled down, I think you could get away with one for the patrol and another for the troop.

                      adult leaders – OA is right, a lot of retired people stepped-up for the boy scouts and we got some recent grads to help especially that first summer. For the recent grads, I asked kids that had worked at a summer camp I had at as well. For the pack, there were more leaders needed, but they ended-up being mostly moms.

                      money – this was surprisingly simple. I think they got $5k account they could dip into the first year from the council which they had to pay back by the start of the next. With the dues and fees collected that first year, the budget worked-out.

                      Now from my experiences in the now. I am a den leader (cub scouts). I wanted to be a assistant scout master (boy scouts) for my older son. I sort of got suckered into the cub scouts, my wife found-out that they did not have enough leaders and signed me up. Being a den leader is really time consuming compared to an ASM. There is a lot of herding cats with the boys and their parents and a lot of planning, set-up, etc. With me being a soccer coach too, I could not do both. I recommend you go for BS personally. The stuff they do is WAY more fun too. Another thing is that the illusion to some extent of little adult supervision is part of what makes the boy scouts so fun. Also the boys really do do so much on their own, so it's easier on the adults.

                      Good luck it's a lot of work, but worth it!

                    • Irishzombieman says:

                      Thanks, mzs. The info is much appreciated.

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

          <img src="http://dl.ledtronics.com/ImagesAll/hazardlight.gif"&gt; Dang nab it, I can't find an image of one. Anyway, there was a little bit of tom foolery involved in my radio as a kid. See I needed 12V of battery. Back then those A-frame caution things with the blinking lights on top had two 6V flashlight batteries in them. Real honest to goodness batteries, not like the ones where there are four D-cells like in the above. Two of those ran my cassette deck for a very long time. I think I stole maybe four times a light from the work going on near my buddy's and my house. Another neat thing was that the cassette eject in the Honda deck was motorized. It's how I learned the batteries were about to ready to be replaced. It would not eject until I unplugged them for a while. I still had a long time after that where the tape and radio would play. The only annoying thing was resetting the clock ;)

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

          http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/radio/homemad… I'm sorry to spam you, but I spent some more time at that web site and oh boy is it a great one! It's summer, time for an education better than school!

          • Irishzombieman says:

            No problemo, hombre. There's a hundred projects on that page that look awesome. I'll let you know if I do any with my kids, and how they turn out.

            If, that is, I ever get through the projects I've got lined up already. I've got a pile of junk in my garage that will never work again. My wife wonders aloud rather often what good a ruined chainsaw is, and why do I need three dead lawn mowers?

            My oldest boy and I disassembled said ruined chainsaw a while back. It was frickin' great! Lots of pressure taken off in taking something apart if you know you don't have to put it back together, with the added benefit of not caring if Kyle drops a bolt or loses a spring or something. Someday down the road, he'll help me with something that does have to work again, and hopefully will have learned some tool and part discipline by the time it happens.

            Even if he never gets that, watching the boy spin a ratchet brings a tear to my eye.

  3. Alcology says:

    That would look like a turd on my coffee table, or make my crap coffee table a turd, but the pipes are nice! I do find them to be incredibly ugly and tacky. If they manage to fit all the internals into the pipes themselves, then hang the pipes on the wall, that would be something.

  4. craigsu says:

    If you're going to DIY one you could start with the base of a miter saw.
    <img src="http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/028877/028877499482xl.jpg&quot; border="0" style="border:none;" alt=" " />

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