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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.
The ZiiSound D5 isn’t inexpensive, but it delivers great physical design, outstanding audio quality, and exceptional versatility. It's as well-implemented a Bluetooth audio system as we’ve seen.
In a world where many "iPod alarm clocks" top out at $100, the i525 is on the pricey side, but it’s got bang for that buck. Between the excellent sound quality and the broad assortment of features, you'll be hard pressed to find a better bedside unit.
If audio is your primary concern, the Brick satisfies the ears at a reasonable price. However, its other feature aren't as solid.
The Jawbone Jambox's look, features, portability, and sound are each top-notch, and the company's MyTALK downloadable software offers a nice bit of extra functionality.
The Go + Play Micro is attractive, sounds very good, and is very straightforward to use. The unit’s bulk and cost are the two biggest factors to consider before you buy, but its sound and design will not disappoint.