I need an iPod dock. Strike that, I need a bunch of them.
I've been putting up with a pair of puny multimedia speakers for far too long. It's time to raid the Stuff and What Hi-Fi? stock rooms repeatedly until I find exactly the right speaker to sit on my desk and entertain me while I work.
And when I find perfection? Hand it back and move on to the next one. That way I never have to buy an iPod speaker dock - and as every gadgeteer knows, there's always something better around the corner anyway.
This is not an objective test. In fact, it's a personal as they come. My criteria are, in particular order:
1) Style. Hey, I'm a superficial guy.
2) Sound quality. I do actually like music, too. (superficial music, naturally - I'm too shallow to discover the depths of jazz, classical or - god forbid - opera.)
3) Apple iPhone compatibility. Don't tell me you're still using a standalone player?
4) Desk compatibility. I have a laptop and monitor already cluttering up my desk, and I'm a minimalist at heart. So as few cables as possible, but also as much of a stereo soundstage as I can muster.
Dock o' the day no.1:
First thoughts: Takes the concept of the 'iPod Halo Effect' a little too literally. When podless, it looks like you have a desktop CATscanner. I can't work out if this is a good thing or not.
The good stuff
- Well connected: line input for iPod refusniks, USB docking connection and S-Video out.
- Excellent sound plus desk-shaking bass.
The not-so-good stuff
- S-Video out doesn't work with iPhone, and USB docking functionality is temperamental
- The remote control (left) seems to have been designed to play alongside Cinderella in last year's panto. Ugh.
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