speakers

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.

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.

iWoofer

This pint-sized cutie has impressive sound but disappointing FM performance. Complete with legs, eyes, and a mouth, the iWoofer will brighten your day with its cheerful, animal-like visage. It features two small front speakers and a woofer on its cute little bottom, encircled by four blue LEDs that light up when powered via AC or 4 AA batteries - the lights can be toggled by a button on the iWoofer's side. Three sound sources are supported: your iPod, a built-in FM radio, or an auxiliary input. With a set of supplied holders, the iWoofer handles and charges (over AC or USB) any iPod from the second generation forward except the nano - a separate iWoofer nano is also available.

JBL On Time

Here's an artsy - and fine-sounding - alarm clock. The iPod is no ordinary digital music player, so it's fitting that the JBL On Time looks far from ordinary. This alarm clock can play music from your iPod, and it looks good on your nightstand - assuming you've filled your room with modern Scandinavian furniture. If you're more of a traditional, Thomasville-type person, then the On Time (available in white or black) may clash with your style