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iPod Docks
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limbo




msg:3854949
 8:17 pm on Feb 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Been looking to get a compact tabletop dock/speaker unit for a while. But cannot make up my mind.

Prepared to spend up to 100.

Looking for good sound + it'd be great if it charges iPod 4th gen, IPod Nano and iPhone...

Anyone got any recommendations?

 

swa66




msg:3854990
 9:34 pm on Feb 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Don't most apple stores have a small selection that you can actualy try out ?

limbo




msg:3855192
 9:37 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

apple store + west yorkshire = :(

Rugles




msg:3855875
 3:58 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

we bought a really nice Bose docking station just yesterday at the Apple store

the sound is fantastic ... hard to believe how clear and loud the sound that little machine can produce, its has a rechargable battery inside, charges the Ipod when its docked .. very impressive machine

it was close $500 Canadian, and worth every penny

you know you are old when you own a Bose product

swa66




msg:3856685
 3:13 pm on Feb 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

A possible reason UK apple stores aren't carrying this, might be that the sound produced by bose and the like will not appeal to the ears of those used to a far more purist "english" sound ...

Also at $500 it's kinda out of the price range of the OP.

Rugles




msg:3856760
 4:56 pm on Feb 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>>>more purist "english" sound

please define :-)

swa66




msg:3857053
 10:18 pm on Feb 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

"English sound" refers to a more balanced reproduction with less coloring of the sound by the sound system (speakers). It's mostly used in an audiophile context as a contrast to an "American" sound that has more emphasized bass. It's mostly a preference of taste in the audiophile world.

I do have an "English" sound setup at home, so I'm undoubtedly biased.

Note: I did not say Bose home products are "American sound" from an audiophile perspective.

The Contractor




msg:3857103
 11:29 pm on Feb 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Look at the Klipsch products. I bought my daughter an iPod docking system (iGroove) and the sound is really quite amazing.

{edited} Uhgg...I see they discontinued the model I purchased last year, but they can still be had on ebay etc.

[edited by: The_Contractor at 11:37 pm (utc) on Feb. 24, 2009]

sem4u




msg:3860934
 1:54 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have an older Gear 4 dock which gives a reasonable sound. It cost around 60. A friend of mine has one of the Klipsch docks. I don't remember how much he paid for it but it gives a really good bassy sound, enough to fill a medium sized room.

limbo




msg:3863458
 2:01 pm on Mar 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Klipsch

Thanks. Looked at a lot of brands, price ranges, reviews and settled for a klipsch.

The Contractor




msg:3867217
 3:21 pm on Mar 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks. Looked at a lot of brands, price ranges, reviews and settled for a klipsch.

Not sure what model you ended up with, but if you get a chance to post back and let us know what you think about it.

CrustyAdmin




msg:3891798
 3:24 am on Apr 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I drug my Klipsch Heresys up to the office and am listening to them tonight. Not exactly desktop models at 45lbs / speaker, but they do fill my 8x12 office with sound :)

Audioengine makes some excellent desktop speakers and are pleasant to listen to for long periods of time, some speakers aren't. Very smooth, not like my Klipsch, but there are times I want the drums and guitars to sound like I'm five feet from the stage. The Klipsch will do that, but I don't like them for extended listening. They can be ice pickish on certain less than stellar recordings. But the dynamics, OMG!

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