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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Review of Apple iPod Speakers

The Apple iPod is by far the most popular portable digital music player in the world. As such, there are many accessories out there that can improve the iPod experience for certain users. Those that would like to hook up their iPod to real speakers (or those who are simply tired of headphones) have plenty of choices. Below you will find a few of our top picks for best Apple iPod speaker systems.

Logic3 I-Station iPod Dock and Speaker Station

Manufacturers Description: Listen, recharge, and synchronize your iPod or iPod Mini with the Logic3 i-Station docking connector. The i-Station produces hi-fi-quality sound by combining a subwoofer, dynamic tweeter speakers, and a 3D surround sound processor. Connecting your iPod to the i-Station is easy--just fit the iPod into the slot and away you go. The dock even recharges the iPod battery while it plays, letting you enjoy the music rather than worrying about the remaining battery power.

The i-Station's stylish design and compact size (it weighs only .88 pounds) lets this ultra-portable device fit unobtrusively in any room in your house while also stowing away easily. The unit is powered either by the supplied AC adaptor or four optional AA batteries, allowing listeners to use the device wherever they choose. The compact design even invites listeners to pack the device in a briefcase, backpack, or suitcase. The i-Station synchronizes with a PC or Mac via USB or FireWire cables. It can also be used with other portable audio devices, such as MP3 players, MiniDiscs, and CD players.

Price: $90

Value Rating: 8.5 / 10 - This speaker station provides very good sound quality for the money. It also has very good bass for a portable system.

Harman JBL On Stage iPod Docking Speaker System

Manufacturers Description: JBL's newest creation, On Stage is a revolution in personal sound for all iPods. The On Stage is a compact high performance sound system. Connected to your iPod, iPod mini, MP3 player or other music source, the On Stage will provide clean, powerful sound. Includes four adaptor sleeves to accommodate all iPod models.

Features:

Compatibility - The JBL On Stage is compatible with all versions of the iPod, including the iPod mini. A stereo mini jack connection also allows you to enjoy high quality audio from a variety of other devices such as MP3 and CD players, desktop computers (all platforms) and laptops. 230 Vac Europe

Easy-to-use Touch-controls - Touch Volume Control -- Just a touch increases or decrease the volume. A touch on both pads mutes or unmutes the system. JBL On Stage also remembers your last volume setting even after the system shuts down.

Transportable -- Bring your On Stage on the road for great sound where ever you go. The lightweight, compact sound station can provide full rich sound in any location.

Additional Features - OnePoint design -- The OnePoint iPod connectors provide the connection to your computer. Connect the standard iPod cable to the rear of the On Stage and every time you dock your iPod, you will have a connection for synchronizing and charging.

Price: $130

Value Rating: 8.0 / 10 - There have been some bugs reported by users, such as volume control problems and static at high volumes. However, they have great sound in the mid-ranges for sure, and are highly portable.

Altec Lansing INMOTION iPod Portable Speaker System

Manufacturers Description: You've got a gazillion hours of music stored on your iPod but until now, you've been the only one dancing. Introducing the Altec Lansing inMotion™ portable audio system. This tiny, ultra-portable, battery-operated stereo system is the first powered audio system designed exclusively for the iPod. A highly efficient Class D amplifier powers four full-range micro drivers to deliver a full spectrum of pure, distinct sound, while the revolutionary MaxxBass™ technology allows listeners to enjoy deep bass without lugging large speakers around. Best of all, connectivity is as easy as placing your iPod into the built-in dock or connecting it through the auxiliary port.

Features:

- Highly efficient digital amplifier (Class D) produces maximum power.

- High-performance, custom-designed neodymium Micro Drivers deliver crystal clear sound.

- Revolutionary MaxxBass® technology creates deep bass without a subwoofer.

- Built-in docking station provides same synchronization and data transfer options as your iPod dock (cable not included) and allows you to recharge your iPod.

- Extra long battery life delivers up to 24 hours of continuous playback with four AA batteries (not included).

- Lightweight design folds to close at 15 ounces and 8 inches wide, 5.4 inches deep and 1.2 inches thick.

- Convenient auxiliary input jack for connection with other audio devices, including laptops, older iPods, and other MP3 players (3.5mm stereo cable included).

- Elegant, integrated power and volume controls.

- Headphone jack for private listening.

Price: $120

Value Rating: 8.5 / 10 - An excellent overall iPod speaker system from Altec Lansing. Very nice stylish design and a great subwoofer.

Bradley James is a senior editor at SciNet.cc, a website containing many helpful consumer electronics review articles. For more information on the Apple iPod, please visit our Apple iPod speakers webpage.

1 comment:

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