Editors' Note: As of fall 2007, Logitech has released a successor model to the AudioStation reviewed here. The Logitech Pure-Fi Elite utilizes the same basic design as the AudioStation, but offers metal grilles, more tactile control buttons, and a much lower price.Logitech describes its AudioStation speaker system for the iPod as "high-performance." With the overall lowering of the sound bar in the audio world, we're not sure what constitutes high performance anymore, but Logitech, like other manufacturers playing the iPod-speaker arena, has attempted to create a compact, full-featured home stereo system that sounds good and looks good, too.
The AudioStation, which carries a list price of $300, is an all-black affair that caters to owners of black iPods, but white and other colored iPods don't clash too badly with the system; they'll just stand out against the black background rather than meld into it. Color prejudices aside, this is one of the sleekest iPod speaker systems we've tested. We like its clean lines and minimalist--but not too minimalist--design, which includes an easily readable LCD screen and touch-sensitive, backlit control buttons located just below the display. The 8-pound system measures 16 inches wide (at the front), 7.25 inches high, and 4.25 inches deep, which makes it shelf-friendly.