Macworld 2008: DLO's HomeDock HD is maybe the most innovative thing we've seen so far


DLO, makers of so many rad iPod cases and docks we can’t keep track of them all, has outdone itself with its new HomeDock HD. While it’s tempting to say it’s just another iPod dock with video out, that would be incorrect.

The HomeDock HD doesn’t just feature HDMI and component out to work better with your HDTV, it also features upconverting technology, meaning it can take the video on your iPod and upscale it to 720p or 1080i. Now, most iPod video is less than standard definition, so that’s some serious interpolation on the part of the dock, and it’d be easy to dismiss as crap, but after having seen the dock in action, I must say it performed better than I thought.

It’s not true HD, that would be impossible, but it looks better on the HDTV in the demo booth than standard definition TV looks on my HDTV at home. Images were clear, and there was little tracing or movement artifacts, though they weren’t altogether absent.

Like most DLO items, this isn’t for everyone, and in fact it might leave many scratching their heads, but there will doubtlessly be someone who reads this who’ll want one as soon as they hit the market later this year.