Inside Man Q & A's
Sep 1, 2010
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Q: I've FINALLY decided to go wireless in my home, and I'm ditching my old ginormous retro speakers for a shiny new iPod dock. (I know, I'm a little behind the curve.) What's the best iPod dock in your opinion? Is there a big difference between Apple, Bose, Tivoli, Geneva, etc? - Sent from Maurice in Los Angeles

A: Maurice, we have a few personal recommendations for you. Maxwell is a big fan of the Geneva Sound System (shown above) because it's wireless, compact, and contains a powerful system inside a super-sleek box. The smallest, simplest version starts around $300. Unplggd writer Peter likes the Vers 2X iPod Dock for the quality and price — it starts at $179. There's also been a trend towards wooden tech recently, and Unplggd posted a really good roundup of options if you like that look. As for the difference between the brands, it all depends on what you're looking for. We've rounded up some good resources if you want to read more.

Woodtec iPhone/iPod Docks — Embrace the Wilderness
Product Real-view: Vers 2X iPod Dock
The Great Multipurpose iPod Dock
Roundup: Top 5 iPod Docks
Stylish Kami Sound iPod Dock By Alvaro Uribe
8 Wooden iPod Speaker Docks
Finite Elemente's Hohrizontal 51 iPod & iPhone Dock
Yamaha MCR-140 and MCR-040 iPod Docks
Geneva Sound System

Q: I'm searching for a small, cool-looking alarm clock that will fit on my tiny bedside table and won't wake me up with a super-annoying sound. It doesn't need a lot of features; just something well made and stylish. - Sent from Chester in New York

A: Chester, if you're looking for something really classic and small, we suggest the Braun Travel Alarm Clock by Dieter Rams. Designed in 1971, it's still a classic — and we can probably count on two hands the number of tech items that have endured over 25 years. It costs between $40 and $60, depending on where you find it. We also really like the super simple Rubber Alarm Clock by Muji, available at the MOMA store for $36. For other recommendations from Apartment Therapy, click through the links below.

10 Awesome Alarm Clocks
5 Alarmingly Awesome Alarm Clocks
10 Sources for Classic and Contemporary Alarm Clocks
Top Ten: Bedside Clocks

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Every other week, we're posting Q&As from Apartment Therapy readers. From sofas with cup holders to brilliant bachelor pads, we're focusing on the decor dilemmas men often bring to us.

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