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15 Best Designed iPod & iPhone Docks

Thu, Feb 5, 2009 | Appliances, Gadgets | By Mike
 
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iPods are the most popular players in the world at the moment. iPhones are too aim to become as popular in mobile phones world as iPods in players world. Thanks to that a lot of design companies create accompanying products for them. Designing an iPod dock become a “must to do” for most leading companies in the industries. Of course small companies aren’t stay aside because for some of them that is the way to declare itself. At the moment you can find in stores docks made by such famous names: Sony, Porsche Design, Lasonic, Jean-Michel Jarre and so on. Although guys like Philippe Starck or Victor Vetterlein easily can compete with them. Most of modern docks are suitable for both iPods and iPhones and have remote controls. Some of them have video outputs while other have wireless speakers. There are plenty of good choices for every Apple lover.

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Best ipod docks


Parrot Zikmu by Philippe Starck

Wireless speakers by Philippe Starck

Wireless speakers by Philippe Starck


Zikmu is wireless speakers designed by Philippe Starck for Parrot. At 2.5 feet tall, these speakers are iPhone/iPod docking station with surround sound technology and a range of wireless capabilities. The two speakers, which radiate sound from both sides, can be placed anywhere in a room and work without wires. Speakers can also stream audio from mobile devices such as a PC or a Mac using Bluetooth A2DP or Wi-Fi. They also have remote control and very trendy minimalist look.


Vestalife Firefly and JewelBox iPod Speaker

Vestalife Firefly and Jewelbox iPod speaker

Vestalife Firefly and Jewelbox iPod speaker


Vestalife‘s new docks are designed by California design company, RKS. The Firefly and Jewelbox speaker systems aren’t your usual iPod docks. They both are touch sensitive and round-shaped. To reveal dock and speakers balls should be opened. These iPhone and iPod compatible docks has much to offer in a little package. They have built-in subwoofers, amplifiers and remote controls.


iPod Dock Light

Sang-Hoon Lee ipod dock speaker


Sang-Hoon Lee designed this multifunctional unit, which could become great addition to every bedroom. It combines a bedroom light, iPod/iPhone dock and speaker. The speaker is hidden along the surface of the dock. The combination of functions is great not only for bedroom but for office or any other place where aren’t a lot of space but music and light are needed.


B&W Zeppelin iPod Speaker

Zeppelin ipod dock


Zeppelin ipod speakers


IDEA 2008 winner, Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin designed by Native, is the unique, eye-grabbing designed dock for iPod. The dock has not only great design but also a lot of functions under the hood. A cradle supports all recent iPods (charging all but the 3rd-generation models). Zeppelin has a remote control, an auxiliary-input audio jack and composite/S-video output jacks for viewing video and photos from your iPod, on your TV.


iPod dock designed by Porsche

Porsche design ipod dock


The Porsche Design P’9120 is a table top stereo system with iPod dock and radio. It has a clean, linear shaped design with superior acoustics and powerful subwoofer. It recharge any iPod and iPhone but haven’t any wi-fi connectivity so can’t be used as network player.


Jean-Michel Jarre iPod Speakers

Jean-Michel Jarre iPod speakers


Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre designed an odd looking iPod speakers which looks as 1980s as futuristic. It packs two 20W speakers and a 45W subwoofer and comes with an iPod inspired looking remote. It’s aimed at the top-end of the dock market, since it’s specifically designed to deliver high-quality audio: the circuitry in its integrated amp is apparently clever enough to add back some of the quality that’s missed by MP3 encoding.


iTamTam iPod dock

Itamtam


iTam Tam looks nothing like other iPod docks. Designed by Eric Berthès from Branex Design, the dock looks like traditional tam tam stools. iTamTam is universal docking for all iPod models and iPhone and also its cord adapter allows any type of audio source including MP3 player from other brands. It has 2 x 25 W stereo and speaker with 50W digital amplifier technology and a remote control.


Art.Suono Wireless Music Enhancement System

Art.Suono ipod dock


Designed by David Weiner Ventures, Art.Suono allows you to transmit any audio source, including an iPod, using an integrated dock connector, to any audio system. The Art.Suono also features “DWC-APHEX” circuitry which restores harmonics lost in compressed music, according to the developer. The result is improved spaciousness and clarity of sound and more resonant bass response.


iPod audio system by Sony

Sony ipod audio system


The Sony Muteki LBT-ZX66i is a 3-way Bass Reflex shelf-system/boom-box outfitted with four 6.7” hybrid mid-range/subwoofer units and dual 1” horn tweeters that output a total of 560w of power. Besides iPod dock it sports a 5-disc CD changer with Play Exchange and CD-R/CD-RW & MP3 playback and radio system. It’s blast from the past with every up-to-date feature.


Lasonic iPod Ghetto Blaster

Lasonic iPod ghetto blaster


Lasonic made some classic boomboxes during the 80s, and now they’ve updated their TRC-931 boombox with a built-in iPod dock, SD card reader and USB port. It comes in different colors and could work from 10 batteries.


Victor Vetterlein wireless iPod dock

Victor Vetterlein yo stereo


American designer Victor Vetterlein decided that our iPod docks needed to have wireless speakers, speakers that could be detached from the dock and roam around apartments. Yo dock is designed for iPods and other MP3 players. The speakers are waterproof and have rechargeable batteries inside.


i24R3 EOps iPod wireless speaker system

Eops speaker system


A collaboration between Michael Young and EOps, the i24R3 wireless speaker system works with satellite speakers and a bass dock. The set is made from pure white gloss and includes an aluminum casing. The system includes a wireless USB audio transmitter dongle that allows you to even stream music from your computer via iTunes. This allows you to control the system remotely via your computer from anywhere in the house. Naturally the dock can also be paired as an extra set of speakers for your computer.


The CVT i3101 iPhone alarm dock

iPhone alarm clock


The CVT i3101 media center alarm clock is slim enough to hang next to your bed, and is especially nice if you have a narrow room without space for a table. It could be used with all iPod and iPhones. The clock offers a bright 3.5 inches blue LED display and sleek touch controls for changing channels and controlling your media player. [buy on 100milligrams]


Griffin Envelope iPod dock

Griffin evolve ipod dock


The Griffin Evolve is the no-wires freedom your music has been waiting for. Play your music on rechargeable wireless speakers that you can put anywhere within 150 feet. Speakers charge while they sit on the Base Unit and play for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The dock has remote control and both S-video and component video outputs.


Logic3 Valve 80 iPod Dock & Speakers

Logic3 valve80 ipod dock


Breathe new life into your music with the Logic3 Valve80 iPod Amplifier, designed to exceed the benchmark set for iPod sound performance. High end valve processing technology will add real warmth, enriched harmonics and a new dimension to your music’s characteristics, which is priceless. Logic 3′s Valve80 includes a pair of 2-way bookshelf speakers coated in a black lacquer finish along with a swank tube amplifier that pushes out 40-watts per channel.

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  1. Luke Says:

    I like the iPod Dock Light all thought the Lasonic iPod Ghetto Blaster is definitely up there as well.

  2. Charles Says:

    These are not iPod docks. These are crappy speaker systems that also happen to have iPod docks in them. I’m looking for a dock specifically to connect to my existing stereo system. It must have a remote, display navigation menus on my TV via S-Video, or PREFERABLY component video, and it must NOT have a volume control. There must be no volume circuitry between the iPod’s line out signal and the Left/Right stereo output jacks. It must have a nice weighted base so when I pull the iPod off the dock, the dock stays on my entertainment center.

    That’s what I want to see reviews of.

    Charles.

  3. Gordon G Geneva Says:

    A very interesting range in selection here. You may want to take another look at GenevaSound (www.genevasound.com)

  4. Rollingsphere Says:

    Nice list, but you left out one of the most amazing iPod / iPhone docks out there from Fatman! You can check it out here-

    http://hifiaudiogear.com/ipod-iphone-docks-amps-7/fatman-itube-452-tube-amp-w-valve-dock-iphone-ipod-dock-32.html?zenid=ecclbkeq5ortnsicvvkl699gs6

  5. Not Charles, and Thank God for That Says:

    Charles is a douche.

  6. Fred - Web Designer Says:

    Wow! Just got the phone – well really, it’s a super mini computer and all round comms device. Now it looks like I am going to be spending twice as much again on all the must-have accessories.

  7. Bryan Says:

    These are Looovely, but THE BEST yet has to be the ultra low tech ‘Spiderpodium’ travel dock! It’s inexpensie and Suuuuper duuuper cool!

  8. youza Says:

    i love it

  9. TBrJSA Says:

    THESE SPEAKERS ARE ALLLLL CRAPPPPPPP I BET THER ALL PLASTIC PEICES OF S&*#@T

  10. TBrJSA Says:

    CHARLES IS NOT A DOUCHE I AM RIGHT WITH HIM!!!!!!!!

  11. Kate31 Says:

    Come on Charles. These recommendations are for people whose needs are not so esoteric.

    Perhaps you should look at reviews targeted at audiophiles?

    Anyhow,

    Mike, thank you for the list and the interesting variety of docks. The pieces designed by Philippe Starcke and Porsche are works of art, while the Light iPod Dock is certainly within the Apple spirit!

  12. Ömer Feyzoğlu Says:

    you buy a product and end up spending twice as much on the accessories ? welcome to the world of capitalism and innovation

  13. aneshpp Says:

    s

  14. Jessica Says:

    Lasonic iPod Ghetto Blaster

    Why does “ghetto” have to be incorporated in the name of this product?
    That’s very vague!

  15. Edward Liu Says:

    Hey,

    Mike, would you be willing to do a review on our Yantouch Black Diamond? We are launching soon at Apple Stores.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/yantouch-black-diamond-3d-ambience-iphone-dock-hands-on/

    Edward

  16. ben Says:

    to jessica
    I don’t think it is vague at all. Shit is ghetto, yo.

  17. Goyo Says:

    That new one in the shape of Julius from Paul Frank is cool. They call it the Julius Dance Machine. It gets your groove on.

  18. John Says:

    where can I buy the IPOD DOCK LIGHT?

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