There is no dearth in the market for good speaker docks for iPod, iPhone and iPad. However, looking for one that measures up on both looks and performance takes some time. We tried to make the work a little bit simpler for you by poking around the market on our own. Here are 5 awesome speaker docks for your iOS device.
Philips Fidelio DS9000
The Philips DS9000 speaker dock for iPod, iPhone and iPad has been around for 2 years but its design is hard to get over. The 592mm wide-curved chassis houses two 4-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters and also Philips’ passive crossover design which gives enhanced sound quality and less distortion. A proximity sensor automatically dims the dock’s lights when you’re not around. Philips’ iOS app can be used to control playback and access 7000+ radio stations and other features.
The Philips DS9000 retails for $699.95.
Jarre AeroPad Two
Jarre’s amazing AeroPad Two looks great but is quite a bit bulky. It is around 860mm wide and weighs a whopping 10kg, so you better not be planning to carry it around much. But the shock of its bulk is covered up by its fantastic bamboo wood design. A standard 30-pin dock connector is included that can take on your iPod, iPhone and iPad, in addition to a USB port and an aux input, letting you play music from non-Apple devices too. An 80 watt subwoofer has been built-in and even Bluetooth functionality has been enabled for streaming wirelessly.
You can pre-order the AeroPad Two is from Jarre’s website and expect it to be shipped by December this year. You can also opt for black and white finishes. This speaker dock will definitely burn a hole through your pocket at €699 (approx. $895), however delivery is free around the world.
The conehead design of the Zeppelin Air speaker dock is easily recognisable. The new and enhanced version was launched last year and comes with brand new drivers and improved amps, which people say gives a splendid acoustic performance.
Apple sells the Zeppelin Air in Australia for $799.95 and according to most users, it is completely worth it!
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8
The BeoSound 8 for iPod, iPhone and iPad sports the true Bang & Olufsen style, with its distinctive form factor and a nice aluminum finish that is simultaneously sophisticated and minimalist. It is around 661mm wide and comes with a set of two-way systems that can be adjusted for optimum sound performance in any environment- just flick the room adaption switch. All the essentials are there along with a table stand and a wall bracket.
It weighs around 4kg and is available in many colors. However, it is not very portable because you need to plug it in. The price is a bit too high- go to your nearest Bang & Olufsen store and find out. Even the BeoPlayer app needs to be purchased for $17.
Yamaha’s speaker dock sports such an insane design that it can be passed off as art-work. The ISX-800 is a bit heft at 12kg and comes attached to a half-moon base, letting you place it flat up against any wall. A two-way four-speaker system, it comes with dual woofers and dual tweeters, which are placed behind a metal grille available in black, white, green or purple.
The device also offers DAB+ radio, aux input, a USB port, a remote control, Yamaha’s IntelliAlarm technology and even a CD player! The Yamaha ISX-800 retails for around $999.