Best iPod/iPhone speaker docks of 2014Updated August 6, 2014 2:03 PM PDT
Once upon a time, "iPod speaker docks" were considered the easiest way to hear music from an iPod (and, later, iPhone). Recently, however, two things have changed the speaker dock landscape: the rise of wireless speakers (AirPlay or Bluetooth), and Apple's transition to the new Lightning connector, which isn't compatible with the old 30-pin connectors, accessories, and docks -- at least, not without the addition of an expensive adapter. Still, with tens of millions of 30-pin iPods and iPhones out there, older docks remain a quick and simple way to turn those handhelds into a room-filling jukebox -- while they charge up the battery, too. (Lightning-enabled speaker docks are just hitting the market.) If, for whatever reason, you opt against an AirPlay or Bluetooth wireless speaker -- and you don't want to use a simple $10 patch cable to an auxiliary input -- we've assembled the best speaker docks here, including a wide cross section of portable and home models across a variety of price points. (Note that some--but not all--models are available in multiple colors; read the full reviews for details.) Also keep in mind that any of the models shown below can stream any app-based audio (including Pandora, Sirius XM, Rhapsody, Rdio, Last.fm, and the like) while the iPhone or iPod Touch is docked. If you're looking for something else, you can also check out our list of the best speakers overall.