iPod Docks aren’t merely speakers. They have speakers, yes, but they’re so much more. Beyond audio, these sound systems have another purpose. Style, design, sophistication - they’re all this rolled into a set of speakers and a docking station. We’ve been reviewing iPod Docks ever since the category spawned post the launch of the iconic iPod and since then we’ve seen all sorts of shapes, sizes and use-case customised docking stations that have made their presence felt in this space. From humble bed-side docks that come at a sub-5k price tag to exquisitely crafted designer pieces that cost an arm and a leg – we’ve got them all. Apart from just the variety in design of the docks themselves there is variety dictated by the devices they’re supposed to dock with. The first wave of design changes came with the launch of the iPad. With a bigger footprint to deal with, many docks weren’t able to support the tablet. But the biggest change, and one that’s afoot as you read this, came with Apple’s decision to ditch the old 30-pin connector for the new lightning port post the iPhone 5. And hey, going forward most people might prefer to wirelessly stream their tunes. But until then (and for those of you who don’t want to trash those perfectly capable old iPods) here are our picks.
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