Archive for the ‘Best iPod Speakers’ Category
__SPACER__ The Evolve has a docking station with removable wireless speakers that run for up to 10 hours before returning to the charging cradle. This is one of our favorites in this list in terms of ergonomics. It won iPod accessory of the year at iLounge.com
__SPACER__ When B & W created an iPod speaker system it gave the iPod a stamp of approval as a potential audiophile device. Although this is a quality system, there is something about the design that smacks of the type of thing which might appear in a gadget collection in Wallpaper Magazine, which gives it that ‘Zoolander’ feel. We prefer speakers that try and be some other shape than a box if the shape reflects something to do with the acoustics. The Zeppelin shape seems more like pure styling, so ultimately its a question of taste.
__SPACER__ The Bose SoundDock and the newer portable version are the classic 3rd party speaker system for iPods, in some ways more iconic and successful than Apple’s own boom box. Bose made a reputation more for rugged professional sound systems than audiophile gear and their consumer products sometimes lacked design finesse. With the soundDock, they delivered.
__SPACER__ Bang and Olufsen were at one time rather like Apple themselves. A technology company with a reputation for design, they were the preferred choice for architects and designers’ hi fi systems in the 60s and 70s. They lost their way with gimmick design for much of the 80s and 90s but now seem to be making somewhat of a comeback with products such as the BeoLab 4.
__SPACER__ Available in three sizes, like clothing: M, L, XL from $600, the Geneva Sound Systems iPod docking stations were one of the first to deliver audiophile quality sound in dedicated iPod devices. With a high gloss cabinet, like a Chines lacquer box, they capture the spirit of the Apple design aesthetic and deliver on sound quality.