The iPod may be one of the most accessorized products
ever created, and--next to headphones and protective cases--speaker systems with built-in iPod docks are among the most desired gadgets around. They're available in various shapes, sizes, and form factors, with most models priced between $100 and $300.
If you need a portable speaker solution, there are plenty of choices. Among our favorites: the Logitech mm50
and (for Nano owners) the Altec Lansing iM500
. And while it lacks a dock, the Tivoli Audio iPAL
is one of the best quick-and-easy iPod speaker solutions we've seen. It also has a top-notch AM/FM radio--great for getting live programming (weather, news, ball games) that's just not available on the iPod.
If you're looking for a more stationary speaker system, options abound. The built-in clock radios on the SDI iHome iH5
(or the newer iH7BR
) and the JBL On Time
make them perfect for the bedroom. And while it lacks an alarm, the Logitech AudioStation
still offers a digital clock--plus a video output for watching iPod-based videos on a nearby TV. More refined listeners, however, might prefer the simple elegance of something like the Klipsch iGroove
, which delivered better sound quality than the vaunted Bose SoundDock
If you have the room for an iPod shelf system, consider the iHome iH52
or the Monitor Audio i-Deck
. With the advantage of separate speakers, both offer better stereo imaging than the all-in-one systems listed above. The iHome even boasts a subwoofer for more palpable bass. Already own a decent audio system or boom box? Check out the Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod
or the Belkin TuneStage II
. Both turn your iPod into a Bluetooth-powered handheld "remote control," allowing you to wirelessly beam music to any nearby audio system, as long as it has a free line-in port.