speakers

Fill a room with sound with the right iPod speaker stand.

Orb and iSphere

Have a ball with your iPod.  The typical four-sided speaker is so square. After spending some time with the iSphere and the Orb, we're comin' around to the round. And while the spherical shapes of the Orb and the iSphere may or may not match your home's décor, the form is excellent for a compact iPod speaker system.

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Audio Stereo Tower

For people who like their speakers tall, dark, and handsome. You already know that you have many choices - too many, really - when it comes to speaker systems for your iPod. There are a few things you might not know about mStation Audio's Stereo Tower, a 100-watt floor-standing iPod speaker and dock with a built-in 5.25-inch dedicated subwoofer. First, it's a substantial piece of stereo equipment: It isn't overly large (43 inches high by 14 inches wide), but it seems much heavier than its 21 pounds. It will fit nicely in a corner of your living or family room, but unless your taste in interior décor runs to the bachelor-pad, black-leather, chrome-and-glass-end-tables motif, it might not exactly blend in. That said, a black iPod looks pretty sweet perched on top of the extruded aluminum and black metal Tower.

JBL Spot

Is hot pink too garish for you? JBL offers other Wrappers for their Spot, as well. You listen to music to suit your mood, so why shouldn't your speakers reflect your mood as well? JBL's Spot speakers have interchangeable plastic shells called Wrappers that you can switch out on a whim. You get two sets of Wrappers with the Spot: one black, one white. JBL says it plans to offer Wrappers in different colors and designs, but hadn't made good on the promise at press time. We hope the company doesn't wait too long - spring is here and we're already a little bored with black and white.

Fatman iTube Valve Dock

Breathe more life into your digital music.

The iPlayaz (left) has a more of an urban style, and the Beetle ZipConnect (right) is for peace-lovin' hippie types. You'll run into bumper-to-bumper traffic when you cruise through the iPod speaker market. To pull away from the rest of the pack, the Beetle ZipConnect and Chub City iPlayaz VW Beetle hope to win your business by appealing to enthusiasts who love their Volkswagen Beetles as much as they love their iPods.

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.

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.