At first glance, the SSB-1 looks like a fairly ordinary iPod speaker system, but there’s a lot more to it. The SSB-1 is actually a ‘soundbar’ – a speaker system that attempts to create ‘virtual surround-sound’ effects without having to use a complex surround-sound speaker system with multiple speakers and yards of ugly cabling strewn across the floor.
There’s a dock for an iPod mounted on top of the unit; a small LCD display beneath it provides information on volume and more.
The sound quality is pretty good too – lovely and clear on higher frequencies, with a powerful bass punch from the subwoofer. The sound doesn’t get distorted as you turn the volume up either.
The virtual surround-sound option isn’t the SSB-1’s strongest feature – the technology doesn’t really live up to its billing. However, it works very well as a general-purpose speaker system.
It produces a clean, powerful sound, while the iPod dock and multiple inputs allow you to use it with an iPod, TV and other devices all at the same time.