Speaker docks are a tricky proposition. Build them big enough to boom, and they’re hard to fit on your desk or kitchen counter. Build them small, and they usually lack the bass that helps us feel our favorite jams. Scoshe’s BassDOCK manages to pack a punch, securely perching your iPad above a compact speaker that fits almost anywhere.
There are tons of audio docks for your iPhone or iPod touch, but models for your iPad are much harder to come by. The Sound Step from Soundfreaq is built to accommodate your iPad or any other dock connector–equipped device. But the connectivity doesn’t stop there. This small speaker dock is also Bluetooth-enabled, so you can stream wirelessly, and there’s also an auxiliary input, so you can connect with just about anything. But for those times when you just want to disconnect, the Sound Step Recharge also comes equipped with a rechargeable battery so that you can cut the cord and take your tunes on the road—or at least to the backyard.
Imagine every feature you could ever want from an iPod dock. Go on, make a list. Ours includes AirPlay, solid sound quality, an iPod charging dock, and a reasonable price tag. This is good news for the iW1, which includes all these features and a boatload of others we didn’t even know we wanted.
Like the times, music keeps a-changin’. These days, it’s more often enjoyed on the go from your iDevice, rather than by dusting off a CD or (gasp) record. That’s part of why Apple’s AirPlay feature, which lets you beam tunes from iDevices to compatible speakers, gets us so excited…but there’s actually a better option, if you can afford it. Sonos’ line of wireless music players can send your tunes on tour all over the house, and they offer more power and flexibility.
With summer in full swing, it's time to start hitting the beach, throwing BBQs, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. These portable iPod speakers will bring musical pleasure all your outdoor activities, be they climbing mountains and sleeping under the stars, or hanging out by the pool and grilling burgers.
Yes, most of your movies and music already lives inside your Mac, and yes, the built-in speakers on iMacs and MacBooks work for watching that “Honey Badger” video on YouTube when you’re supposed to be working. But to really pump up your movies and music on whatever type of Mac you use, dedicated external speakers are a must. The sleek new Rockus 3D 2.1’s look like they pack the power to help you kick back and be entertained…but does the audio quality keep up with their lovely modern lines?
The Neo-i stretches the very definition of what a pico projector is. First off, it’s too good to be a pico projector—the internal lens and engine are pulled straight from Optoma’s critically acclaimed PK301—but it also boasts an impressive stereo and iPod dock. Second, it’s too big to be a pico projector. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, it’s neither handheld nor mobile. So what exactly is this thing?
Macs and music go hand in hand. Whether it’s crafting songs in GarageBand or listening to your favorite new tracks in iTunes, tons of music flows through our Macs. So a decent pair of speakers can do wonders for your desktop jamming, and Blue Sky’s new EXO2 monitors bring studio sound home for both musicians and fans.
The EXO2 is the successor to Blue Sky’s well-regarded EXO 2.1 (naming conventions be damned). It features a similar configuration—two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a small preamp for tweaking the sound. The EXO2 supports inputs from XLR/TRS connectors, RCA, and 3.5mm stereo cables. If that means nothing to you, this system probably wasn’t made with you in mind.
First released as part of iOS 4.2 last November, Apple’s new AirPlay technology is potentially one of the most exciting aspects of owning an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- assuming you’re willing to wait just a bit while hardware manufacturers play catch up.