iPods are currently the most popular players in the world. iPhones are too focused on becoming as popular in the cellphone world as iPods are in the gaming world. Thanks to this, many design companies create companion products for them. Designing an iPod docking station is becoming a “must do” for most industry leaders. Of course, small businesses don’t stay aside, because for some of them this is the way to go about declaring themselves. At the moment in stores you can find docks manufactured under such famous names: Sony, Porsche Design, Lasonic, Jean-Michel Jarre and so on. Although people like Philippe Starck or Victor Vetterlein can easily compete with them. Most modern docks are suitable for both iPods and iPhones and have remote controls. Some of them have video outputs while others have wireless speakers. There are many great options for any Apple lover.
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Parrot Zikmu by Philippe Starck
Zikmu are wireless speakers designed by Philippe Starck for Parrot. These 2.5-foot speakers are iPhone / iPod docking stations with surround sound technology and a range of wireless features. The two loudspeakers, which emit sound from both sides, can be placed anywhere in a room and work without cables. Speakers can also stream audio from mobile devices like a PC or Mac via Bluetooth A2DP or Wi-Fi. They also have a remote control and a very trendy, minimalist look.
Vestalife Firefly and JewelBox iPod speakers
The new Vestalife docks were designed by the Californian design company RKS. The speaker systems Firefly and Jewelbox are not the usual iPod docks. They’re both touch sensitive and round. Balls should be opened to view the dock and speakers. These iPhone and iPod compatible docks have a lot going for them in a small package. They have built-in subwoofers, amplifiers, and remote controls.
iPod Dock Light
Sang-Hoon Lee designed this multifunctional unit that could be a great addition to any bedroom. It combines a bedroom light, an iPod / iPhone docking station and a speaker. The speaker is hidden along the surface of the dock. The combination of functions is not only suitable for bedrooms, but also for offices or other places where there is not much space but where music and light are needed.
Black and White Zeppelin iPod Speakers
The Native-designed IDEA 2008 winner Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin is the unique, eye-catching dock for the iPod. The dock not only has a great design, but also has a lot of functions under the hood. A docking station supports all current iPods (all models except 3rd generation models are charged). Zeppelin has a remote control, an audio jack with AUX input and composite / S-video output jacks for viewing videos and photos from your iPod on your television.
iPod dock designed by Porsche
The Porsche Design P’9120 is a table stereo system with iPod docking station and radio. It has a clean, linear shaped design with superior acoustics and a powerful subwoofer. It charges every iPod and iPhone, but it doesn’t have a Wi-Fi connection so it can’t be used as a network player.
Jean-Michel Jarre iPod Speakers
Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre designed a strange looking iPod speaker that appeared to be futuristic in the 1980s. It includes two 20W speakers and a 45W subwoofer, plus an iPod-inspired remote control. It is aimed at the upper end of the dock market as it is specifically designed to deliver high quality audio: the circuitry in its built-in amplifier is apparently clever enough to capture some of the quality that MP3 encoding lacks, restore.
iTamTam iPod Dock
iTam Tam doesn’t look like other iPod docks. The dock was designed by Eric Berthès of Branex Design and looks like traditional Tam Tam stools. iTamTam is a universal docking system for all iPod models and the iPhone. The cable adapter allows any type of audio source, including other brands of MP3 players. It has 2 x 25 W stereo systems and speakers with 50W digital amplifier technology and a remote control.
Art.Suono Wireless Music Enhancement System
With Art.Suono, designed by David Weiner Ventures, you can transfer any audio source, including an iPod, to any audio system via an integrated dock connector. The Art.Suono also has a “DWC-APHEX” circuit which, according to the developer, recovers the harmonics lost in compressed music. The result is improved spaciousness and clarity of the sound, as well as a more resonant bass response.
Sony iPod audio system
The Sony Muteki LBT-ZX66i is a 3-way bass reflex shelving system / boom box equipped with four 6.7-inch hybrid mid-range / subwoofer units and two 1-inch horn tweeters, the deliver a total of 560 W. In addition to the iPod docking station, it has a 5-disc CD changer with Play Exchange and CD-R / CD-RW and MP3 playback and radio system. With every current feature, it’s a blast from the past.
Lasonic iPod Ghetto Blaster
Lasonic made some classic boomboxes in the 80s. Now they have updated their TRC-931 boombox with an integrated iPod docking station, an SD card reader and a USB port. It comes in different colors and could work on 10 batteries.
Victor Vetterlein wireless iPod docking station
American designer Victor Vetterlein decided that our iPod docks needed wireless speakers that could be detached from the dock and run around the apartments. Yo Dock is designed for iPods and other MP3 players. The speakers are waterproof and have rechargeable batteries.
i24R3 EOps iPod wireless speaker system
In collaboration between Michael Young and EOps, the i24R3 wireless speaker system works with satellite speakers and a bass dock. The set consists of pure white gloss and contains an aluminum housing. The system includes a USB wireless audio transmitter dongle that even allows you to stream music from your computer through iTunes. This way, you can control the system remotely from your computer from anywhere in the house. Of course, the dock can also be coupled as an additional speaker set for your computer.
The iPhone alarm dock CVT i3101
The CVT i3101 Media Center’s alarm clock is slim enough to hang next to your bed and is especially useful when you have a tight space with no space for a table. It can be used with all iPods and iPhones. The clock features a bright blue 3.5-inch LED display and elegant touch controls for changing channels and controlling your media player. [buy on 100milligrams]
Griffin Envelope iPod Dock
The Griffin Evolve is the cordless freedom your music has been waiting for. Play your music through rechargeable wireless speakers that you can place anywhere within 150 feet. The speakers charge while sitting on the base unit and playing for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The dock has a remote control as well as S-video and component video outputs.
Logic3 Valve 80 iPod Dock & Speakers
Bring new life to your music with the Logic3 Valve80 iPod amplifier, which beats the iPod sound performance benchmark. The high-end valve processing technology adds real warmth, enriched harmonics, and a new dimension to your music that is priceless. The Valve80 from Logic 3 contains two black painted 2-way bookshelf speakers and a swank tube amplifier that delivers 40 watts per channel.