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Home Speakers/docking station for NON-iPOD MP3 Players!

by nickib622 / December 8, 2010 10:44 PM PST

I am looking to purchase speakers/docking station for a SanDisk Sansa Fuze . . . haven't had much luck so far. I keep running into a couple of issues. The portable ones all run on batteries and do NOT seem to have the option of a power adapter. I want one (or two, actually, one for living room and one for bedroom) that I can plug in and leave where I put it - not necessarily portable. The other thing I keep seeing is everything for iPod. Are those compatible with non-Apple MP3 players? Is it just a matter of using the headphone port to connect them, or is there an actual "docking" station anywhere? What about the iHome products? Would those work? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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My nieghbor had the ihome
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2010 6:09 AM PST

And yes you could connect some audio cable to it. Even I have some dock but went with some ipod and it works great as it keeps it charged and more.

I know many will not get anything apple or dell or other makes for personal reasons but I went with what works for me,.
Bob

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Docking solutions for anything but iPod/iPhone
by make_or_break / December 9, 2010 1:40 PM PST

The pickings are indeed slim if you're looking for a true dedicated docked speaker setup. Zune has a few from 3rd-party vendors, Sony has made a couple or so for their own Walkman players over the years, Creative had some for their players at one time...but beyond that it gets hard finding a dedicated docked speaker system for anything other than an iPod or iPhone. Most others work by what you described: using a stereo miniplug patch cable between the players headphone jack and an auxiliary input jack at the speaker system. Many (but not all) iPod-centric speaker systems offer an AUX IN option for exactly this sort of functionality. All controls (except the speaker's own volume control) would then be done at the player's UI level. The last iHome speaker system I tried had an AUX IN jack (link to product on Amazon below):

http://www.amazon.com/iHome-Studio-Speaker-System-iPhone/dp/B001UDJURU/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1291959475&sr=8-14

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Docking Solutions for Anything But iPod/iPhone
by nickib622 / December 9, 2010 9:07 PM PST

Thanks for the suggestions - I think he will get the Sansa Fuze for Christmas and maybe a docking station/speakers for his birthday in March!

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