Don't-Miss Speaker Stories
The Lower East Side Audio Dock Air sounds amazing and doesn't take up much space, but it's not without some odd design choices.
The BassDock is a very good iPad charging stand, and the integrated speaker is plenty powerful, too.
The iMainGo XP is an iPad case that doubles as a speaker. It's a clever idea, and it works well for video-watchng, but it's bulky and it doesn't sound great for music.
The Wireless Boombox from Logitech is slim and portable, but you may be better served by its sibling, the S715i.
The Beolit 12 is lovely, portable, and sounds great. But boy, is it expensive.
Pioneer's X-SMC4-K supports Bluetooth, AirPlay, iPhone and iPod docking, Internet radio, FM radio, and more. But it's clunky to use and exhibits numerous flaws.
The Mac-matching PadDock 10, a combination iPad stand and speaker system, holds your iPad snugly. The speaker won't impress, but the stand does a great job of angling your iPad well.
Logitech's Mini Boombox is impressively small. But in this case, such portability comes at the expense of audio quality.
The AirPlay-ready G-17 Air from Klipsch isn't cheap, but it doesn't sound cheap, either.
The iHome iW1 looks great and offers solid AirPlay wireless-audio support. The audio quality, however, is merely good.
The iMT630 is a slim, rechargeable iPhone/iPod speaker dock that sounds good and looks even better.
The Focal XS Book is a 2.0 desktop speaker system that provides rich sound without a lot of extras.
The Tunebug Shake will turn your helmet into a loudspeaker, so you can safely listen to music while riding your bike. And it works, for the most part.
The Denon RCD-N7, an AirPlay-enabled receiver, packs a heck of a lot of functionality into a compact package.
JVC's UX-VJ3 Micro Component System can dock an iPhone and an iPad at the same time, and its detached speakers offer very good sound. But those features are somewhat offset by some questionable design decisions.