Far too many speaker docks for Apple products are boring black boxes. These hand-built aluminum docks shaped like the exhaust pipes from hot rods are some of the most creative we've seen in awhile.
Nothing says class and modern charm like building speakers into furniture, and the UK Sound Sofa by CSL isn't going to miss this trend-wave. For just $1,500, you can own (and nap on!) the world's worst idea.
You're planning some festivities you say? Not so much a party as a BASH? The dinky rechargeable battery dock in your room is not going to cut it. You need something so big and heavy it needs a retractable handle and wheels.
The new Samsung DA-E750 speaker dock does two things that other docks don't. First, it plays with both your iOS devices or your Galaxy S. The dock has also been outfitted with a hybrid vacuum tube system that Samsung says will put some audiophile muster behind your tunes.
The iPod changed the way you listen to music forever. Duh. Now you just want the thing to sound good playing out of a dock in your kitchen, your living room, the attic—wherever—for cheap. It's harder than you think.
Yamaha makes some pretty awesome audio equipment, even if it often ranges on the pricey side. So there's reason to be excited for their new PDX-11 iPod dock, especially considering the four-inch woofer, distinctive looks and $100 pricetag.
Is Tron still cool? OK, that's a stupid question. Tron is forever. And this Monster Tron Light Disk Audio Dock looks like it was lifted straight from the the Grid. Just look at the lights on this thing. Oh, the lights! But what about the sound?
Whether you're going for a completely zen Japanese garden-style decor, or have decorated your living room like you're back in 'Nam, this iBamboo speaker will slot right into your life. Best of all, it doesn't need batteries or power.
Harking back to the classic Dieter Rams design, Frog's wooden alarm clock would go perfectly with one of the flip clock apps for the iPhone. And oh, how the iPad looks in that mini-CRT...
I wish this was a robot in a suit with an iPad head that would listen to my problems and respond with an appropriately emotionical face and soothingly bionic voice. It is not!
It's a beauty, isn't it? From the loins of Korean architect Shi-hyung Jeon, the Horn iPod dock has been inspired by traditional Korean dress. If you squint, it almost looks like two sleeves enveloping the central dock.
Carrying a boom box down the street on your shoulder? Old and busted. Docking your iPod on a teeny tiny boombox and carrying it around the house between your thumb and forefinger? New and... uh... tiny.
When most homes have so many iPod docks there's invariably one being used as a doorstop, it takes an awful lot of innovation to flog a new one to the masses. Will Sony's SRS-V500IP thermos-speaker-like dock work? Undoubtedly, no.
Wall-mounted iPod docks have been around for a while, but either they're from really cheap plastic-y companies, or covered in Swarvoski crystals and cost thousands of bucks. Pioneer's KODO XW-NAW1 slides in somewhere in between, at £199 (about $300).