Don't-Miss Speaker Stories
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.
Altec Lansing's Octiv 650 offers impressive sound quality for the price along with powerful programmable EQ options. It's a sleek, well-made, good-sounding system.
The iHome iA100 is a respectable alarm clock and speaker system, with a handful of extras that you may or may not need in your bedside system. Of course, those features come at a price, but if you’re looking for something that goes that extra mile--for example, if you love the idea of being able to make phone calls from your bed, or if you really want to dock your iPad--then the iA100 might sway you to cough up the dough.
Five after Apple positioned the iPod Hi-Fi as a "home stereo replacement," to much criticism, B&W's Zeppelin Air really can replace a home audio system for many listeners.
Logitech's Rechargeable Speaker S715i offers portability, a built-in rechargeable battery, and impressive audio quality.
At $200, the inMotion Air faces tough competition in the Bluetooth-speaker market. But compared to its more-compact competition, it plays notably louder and offers more playback controls; a wireless remote; and more connection options.
The iMainGo X is the latest in Portable Sound Laboratories’ line of portable speakers for the iPhone or iPod. It’s versatile and offers both protection and good sound.
Logitech's Wireless Speaker Z515 offers multiple wireless-connection options, a built-in rechargeable battery, and travel-friendly size. But its sound quality doesn't match its versatility.
If you’re looking for a high-end iPhone or iPod speaker dock, Audyssey’s Audio Dock is definitely worth considering. It takes up a small amount of space but manages to provide very impressive sound.
An iPod dock-speaker made especially for the kitchen, the iHome iP39 doesn't take up too much counter space and it cleans up easily. If you don't already have any way to play your iPod in the kitchen, the iP39 is worth a look. But it's missing some basic features, and it won't win any awards from audiophiles.
Although its remote could use some improvements and the on-board controls are limited, the Fidelio 8500's design and audio quality are exceptional. It's an excellent dock with outstanding sound quality.