Best iPod/iPhone speaker docks of 2014


Once upon a time, "iPod speaker docks" were considered the easiest way to hear music from an iPod (and, later, iPhone). Recently, however, two things have changed the speaker dock landscape: the rise of wireless speakers (AirPlay or Bluetooth), and Apple's transition to the new Lightning connector, which isn't compatible with the old 30-pin connectors, accessories, and docks -- at least, not without the addition of an expensive adapter. Still, with tens of millions of 30-pin iPods and iPhones out there, older docks remain a quick and simple way to turn those handhelds into a room-filling jukebox -- while they charge up the battery, too. (Lightning-enabled speaker docks are just hitting the market.) If, for whatever reason, you opt against an AirPlay or Bluetooth wireless speaker -- and you don't want to use a simple $10 patch cable to an auxiliary input -- we've assembled the best speaker docks here, including a wide cross section of portable and home models across a variety of price points. (Note that some--but not all--models are available in multiple colors; read the full reviews for details.) Also keep in mind that any of the models shown below can stream any app-based audio (including Pandora, Sirius XM, Rhapsody, Rdio, Last.fm, and the like) while the iPhone or iPod Touch is docked. If you're looking for something else, you can also check out our list of the best speakers overall.

Fluance FiSDK500

You'd be hard-pressed to find an iPhone/iPod speaker-dock system that performs as well as Fluance FiSDK500 for $200.

4 stars Excellent

Logitech S715i

In the sea of affordable, forgettable iPod speakers, the Logitech S715i is a beacon for those who prefer their music to sound great.

Price: $280.42 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Logitech S715i

Altec Lansing Octiv 650

The Altec Lansing Octiv 650 is one of best-sounding iPod/iPhone speaker docks in its price class, with a distinct, stylish look and component video output to boot.

Price: $189.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Altec Lansing Mix BoomBox iMT810

The Altec Lansing BoomBox iMT810's winning combination of good performance, lots of oomph, and portability makes it one of the best boom-box-style bass-heavy speaker options you can buy.

4 stars Excellent

Audyssey Audio Dock

Though the Audyssey Audio Dock is on the expensive side, it's one of the better-sounding--and versatile--iPod/iPhone audio systems with built-in Bluetooth and speakerphone capabilities we've tested.

4 stars Excellent

Soundfreaq Sound Platform

You'll have a hard time finding a more stylish and feature-packed speaker choice in this price range. The inclusion of Bluetooth support makes it an attractive buy for iPad and smartphone owners.

3.5 stars Very good

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo M202

If you're looking for a compact, affordable speaker for your bedside table that charges two iPhone or iPods simultaneously, the Octiv Duo is well designed and offers reasonably good sound for the money.

Price: $99.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony RDP-XF100iP

The Sony RDP-XF100iP is a versatile, powerful iPod/iPhone speaker for around the home that surprises with its deep low-end sound.

3.5 stars Very good

Bose SoundDock 10

While it's expensive and isn't loaded with features, the Bose SoundDock 10 is classy looking and sounds excellent for a compact iPod/iPhone speaker.

3.5 stars Very good

Sony RDP-X50iPBLK Speaker Dock for iPod & iPhone

The Sony RDP-X50iP is a powerful iPod/iPhone speaker with a classic design that surprises with its deep low-end sound, but we suggest springing for the better-equipped portable model.

3.5 stars Very good

Philips DS8500 Fidelio Dock

The Philips Fidelio speaker dock is a good value with impressive sound and a solid, attractive design.

3.5 stars Very good

Altec Lansing Octiv Mini M102

The Altec Lansing Octiv Mini is an ideal option for anyone seeking an affordable, minimalist iPhone speaker for the bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.

Price: $49.88 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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