Music should be shared, so stop hogging it and start broadcasting it – get yourself an iPod dock this summer. In our top 5 there's something for everyone, from the audiophile to the party animal.
B&W Zeppelin, £400
Built by the hi-fi-loving boffins at Bowers & Wilkins,
the Zeppelin looks like an iPod dock from another world. This mains-powered design statement demands to be the centrepiece of your AV system, with its additional USB and auxiliary inputs and S-Video output. The Zeppelin slaps the competition around the chops with its sensational build quality and sonic ability. You want the very best for your iPod? This is it.
Altec Lansing T612, £150
This wall-mountable boom box is happy to play with your iPhone, will stop the music when you get a call, and is even immune to that irritating Morse-code-style mobile interference. The T612 serves up a sumptuous blend of form and function. It’s built well, sounds good and is smart enough to qualify as a permanent fixture in the most stylish of homes.
Griffin Evolve, £250
The Evolve has a great trick up its sleeve – two wireless, rechargeable speakers. Once detached they can even be used in two separate rooms. The wireless speakers work brilliantly, making the Evolve a versatile, well-executed effort. Sound quality isn’t the best on test, but the payback is incredible flexibility without wires.
Klipsch iGroove SXT, £90
The iGroove is a compact, sturdy system, ideal for a desktop. It comes with a basic remote, auxiliary input and an S-Video output for firing out video and photos to a TV. The iGroove produces an attractive sound, but for regular home listening you’d want something with more welly. Fine for casual tune spinning.
Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere, £100
This portable speaker dock has a rechargeable battery that can serve up ten hours of playback when juiced. You also get a tiny remote control and travel adaptors for use overseas. A great choice if you want a dock you can carry around. Considering its size, it’s surprisingly powerful and dynamic.