On the High End of Sound & Form: iPod Speaker Docks

On the High End of Sound & Form: iPod Speaker Docks

Joel Pirela
Mar 4, 2011

Maybe it's about time you finally update from those tiny and tinny sounding computer speakers you've lived with. For small space dwellers, an iPod dock can be an advisable option for music/audio entertainment. Consider one of these higher end docking units, a little bit pricey compared to cheaper, more common models. But what they lack in budget conscious price, they make up in sound quality…and looks. Here are our favorites.

B&W Zeppelin
The Zeppelin is a speaker system with an iPod docking station that fills a room with deep, lifelike sound, and delivers musical detail that you won't believe your iPod is capable of. We love the simple design and easy to use interface. 30-pin iPod connector, 3.5mm mini jack analogue/optical, digital USB 2.0 slave (for software upgrades) it also outputs S-video (via mini DIN).

We're currently in the process of testing out their latest Apple Airplay-compatible, Zeppelin Air, an updated model which improves on the original in both features and sound. Review in detail coming soon.

Philips DS9000 Fidelio Primo
Pumping out 100 watts of power through 12-millimeter-thick walls, this great speaker supply your music with rich detail. It utilizes premium audio technologies, like passive crossover design and "PureDigital" technology, to create awesome audio reproduction. We love the elegant, curved design and the use of real wood cabinet, ensuring that it looks as good as it sounds. Additional features can be unlocked using the complementary Fidelio app, which gives you access to custom alarms, equalizer settings, and even more.

GenevaSound Model L
One look at GenevaSound's designs and you'll understand why its products are sold in leading design and fashion houses from Milan to Manhattan. From DWR to CB2... Now, listen to GenevaSound and you'll know why its patented audio engineering is found in recording studios! The Switzerland-based GenevaSound specializes in "furniture music," a fusion of home entertainment and home decor that makes a classic audio and visual statement. We really like their minimalist simplicity so much, that we used them as part of our inspiration process to create our wireless speakers.

Tangent Fjord by Jacob Jensen
Design nerds will recognize Jacob Jensen's name and likely be able to distinguish his signature style displayed here with the Tangent Fjord. The cube design operates as both a doc and surprisingly as a CD player (it's been a long while since we bought one, but we still have a few laying around). There's also an FM radio and apparently the whole unit can be wall mounted for an even less intrusive presence.

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