This iPod speaker stand may be pricey, but it's worth it.


By combining cool features with great sound, Logitech's AudioStation is set to compete with the likes of Apple's iPod Hi-Fi and Bose's SoundDock. We found it to be a worthy competitor.


Measuring 16.25 by 7.25 by 4.5 inches, the AudioStation won't hog much space on your bookshelf. Its black plastic shell holds two 1-inch soft-dome tweeters and two 4-inch long-throw woofers, and its center panel features an LCD with illuminated controls for power, volume, source selection, and tuning adjustments. The AudioStation favors iPods of the dock-connector variety (eight different adapters are included for a snug fit), but if you have a dockless iPod or a different brand of digital music player, you can use the auxiliary connector at the back of the unit. Unfortunately, no auxiliary cable is included; it'l cost you about $6 at your local RadioShack.


The AudioStation's clock, a nice touch, has a sleep timer but lacks alarm functions. Other significant features are a digital AM/FM radio tuner, and composite and S-Video pass-through jacks useful for video iPods (again, bring your own cable). One missing feature: Since there's no USB port to connect the unit to your Mac, you can't sync your iPod when it's docked in the AudioStation.


You can pump up the volume without distortion and fill a large room with thumping bass and clear midrange and high tones, and the bass and treble levels are easily adjusted. We also found that Logitech’s 3D stereo feature, which widens the AudioStation's sound field when enabled, does add some fullness for livelier sound.


The bottom line. At almost $300, the AudioStation isn't cheap. But for what it offers in features and sound, that's money well spent.


COMPANY: Logitech
PRICE: $299.99
REQUIREMENTS: iPod or other audio source
Good shelf size. Has iPod video pass-through ports. Excellent sound quality.
No alarm. Auxiliary cable not included. No Mac connectivity.





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