iPod Speaker

There is an iPod speaker for every lifestyle, from indoors to outdoors, from the office to the beach. Many of these speakers come with docking points that allow the iPod to charge while it is playing. Better yet, many of these devices come with remote controls. While it’s true that in inexpensive cable can be purchased to connect the iPod to traditional speakers, going the way of the iPod speaker is trendier and more convenient. Better yet, they are pretty easy to assemble (plug in and hit play). While several models of iPod speakers exist, there are definitely some frontrunners, which we will explore in this article.

Those short on room are still able to get a good sound system with smaller speakers, thanks to audio technology these days. In addition, you can purchase companion speakers for other rooms that allow your iPod speaker to stream music throughout the house. While woofers and tweeters actually generate the sound in these speakers, spending more on the more advanced technology could be beneficial to the sound quality of your living space. The only way to really know is to test out a variety of products and decide for yourself.

There are two types of iPod speakers: ones with built-in rechargeable batteries that can’t be replaced and others that require traditional batteries. The former requires plugging into a wall jack. If you’re going to be in a situation where you’ll be away from a wall outlet for awhile, such as the beach or a picnic, you probably will want to opt for a model that uses plain old batteries. If you do decide that you’d like to use your existing stereo system, generally all you will need is a standard RCA-to-mini cable.

Another cool feature of iPod speakers is the practice of “tagging.” Basically, when you are listening to streaming radio and you hear a song that you like, you can hit a “tag” button that will save the information on the song you like and store this information. Later, when you sync up the iPod to the computer, this information is available to you when purchasing music on iTunes.

Movies and TV also can be enjoyed through the iPod speakers. There is a connection on the back of the speakers for video out, and it is commonly called S-Video or composite. In addition, if you do not own an iPod dock, you can still make the connection through a mini-to-mini cable. This is a really important feature to consider if you are trying to consolidate all of your media in one place. This is considered a good move and worth the investment if you are trying to save on bills. Imagine being able to nix your cable bills and fancy movie channels and catch all of you television through streaming episodes and Netflix.

Among the frontrunners in the iPod speakers field are the Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 and the Chestnut Hill Sound George iPod Speakers. The Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 is praised for its versatility. It has been on the shelves much longer than its counterparts, includes a rechargeable battery and has an FM radio setting. The Chestnut Hill Sound George iPod Speakers are able to be customized to carious colors and upgraded, making itself a unique addition to the iPod speaker selections out there. This speaker set comes with a wireless remote, a really good option for those people that get too comfortable on the couch and can’t bring themselves to get up and switch an awful song.

Then there are the clock radios, of which there are many … even some with mood lighting! The Logitech Pure-Fi Dream is a clock radio, and there are many in this category. The Logitech’s Pure-Fi is considered a strong contender. The JBL On Time 400iHD Speaker Dock for iPod has several bells and whistles for the alarm clock device and offers High Definition. The JVC NX-PN7 iPod/iPhone audio system is a really good choice for those with multiple iPods. Only problem? No snooze button! You’d think with all the capability it takes to manage multiple iPods, they’d be able to add in that oh-so-basic feature.

The Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i (midnight/gray) is another clock radio in a saturated field, and scores cool points for AM/FM/iPod options and a variety of customization and connectivity options. The Altec Lansing’s InMotion Moondance Glow iM402 is a clock radio that offers lighting options for different moods. This device is compact as it is strong in sound quality. There’s even a snooze remote! Finally, the The iHome Audio’s iH9 is a highly lauded clock radio in the affordability category, and the Logitech’s Pure-Fi Anytime is a bare-bones clock radio that doesn’t have the best sound quality, but is probably suitable for the general audience.

The Altec Lansing iMT702 inMotion Max is considered a good middle-range iPod speaker. It isn’t the smallest out there. It isn’t the loudest out there. It isn’t the most advanced out there. However, it is considered a decent value. Also in the good value quality is the Klipsch’s iGroove SXT iPod. This system is a basic speaker system that offers an amazing level of sound quality for its small size. If you can live without all the extra features, it is a good choice.

The Harman/Kardon Go + Play is a highly priced device, but it is of really good quality soundwise. Unfortunately, the The Harman/Kardon Go + Play is limited in its connectability options. The Bose SoundDock Portable is credited for its good sound quality, but criticized for its price, which is generally considered too high.

When it comes to design, there are some things to consider. The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb sports a unique design, and the JBL On Stage Micro is known for its cute, compact and coordinating design. The Logitech Pure-Fi Express is praised for its smart design, but is lacking in the volume department.

This iPod Speaker Review is Written/Updated on Apr 6th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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