Best iPod/iPhone speaker docksUpdated July 17, 2014 12:51 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.