Cube Travel Speakers

Not your average $20 iPod speakers.  Travel versions of gadgets such as hair dryers and irons often fall short compared to their standard, full-size counterparts. We were happy to discover that this wasn’t the case—at least not overall—with the Cube Travel Speakers from Pacific Rim Technologies.

AudioStation

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.

Vibe

Lookin' good, soundin' good.  iPod earbuds are instantly recognizable - they also instantly tell the observer that you're using an iPod. V-Moda's Vibe e­arphones may not convey such status (which might be a good thing), but they certainly are eye-catching. And they sound as good as they look.

i-Station3

It's just about as big as a day planner. Road warriors like to travel light, which makes the iPod a nice travel buddy. Now your iPod can have a travel buddy of its own, thanks to the i-Station3 portable iPod speaker stand.

Audioengine 5

Also available in black - and both colors grace tremendous speakers. There's no doubt that the iPod speaker market is a lucrative one. But while the choices are plentiful, the compromise between size and quality has left an opening for the Audioengine 5 speaker system to fill a niche that's likely to start growing this very minute.

SpeckTone Retro

Passable-but-stylish iPod speaker stand.

Banshee

Why settle for a pair of measly speakers when you can have five? The Banshee is a surround-sound speaker set that uses five speakers to create an effect that audio is coming from 180 degrees in front of you.

Edirol R-09

You may not like the sound of the price, but you'll love the quality of the sound. With portable digital audio recording devices such as the Edirol R-09 around, there's no need to use a portable tape recorder anymore. The Edirol R-09 is small, light, and has a useful set of recording features. Is it perfect? Not quite - but it's close.

MicroTrack 24/96

Handy for location recordings such as podcast interviews. If you need to record pro-quality audio with minimal fuss, M-Audio’s MicroTrack 24/96 is a self-contained wonder, smaller than anything else that can do this kind of stuff. Pity it’s not built as well as we’d like.

ZonePlayer 80

Luxurious Music Streamer