Get a Fluance iPod/iPhone speaker tower for $199.99 shipped

Cheapskate exclusive! This powerful floor-standing dock normally sells for $349.99. And it rocks.

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The 4-foot-high Fluance FiTSD600 speaker tower is an asset to any room.
The 4-foot-high Fluance FiTSD600 speaker tower is an asset to any room. Fluance

As the iDevice universe moves away from 30-pin connectors and toward Lightning technology, users of older iPhones and iPods can look forward to scooping up some killer deals on 30-pin-powered accessories.

Like this one: For a limited time, you can get the Fluance FiTSD600 2.1 Speaker Tower for iPod/iPhone for $199.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code FITSCNET at checkout. Regular price: $349.99. This Cheapskate exclusive just saved you $150, baby!

This is not your average speaker dock. It's a tower, a piece of furniture, something you can stand in a corner to blast tunes to all other corners of any room. The FiTSD600 delivers 36 watts of continuous average output from two tweeters, two midrange drivers, and a subwoofer, all of which combine to deliver some really pleasing sound. (Fluance was kind of enough to send me a unit to test-drive before the deal went live.)

Like the FiDSK500 bookshelf speaker dock I wrote about last week, the tower features an MDF (i.e., wood) cabinet that promises richer audio than you get from plastic. I'm no audiophile; I only know that both speakers sound great.

The tower stands about 44 inches high. On top you'll find a standard 30-pin dock that can accommodate early-model iPods and iPhones, though there's also an RCA stereo line-in jack for connecting just about any other audio source. It has composite and S-Video video outputs, too, though those are probably of limited value these days.

No Bluetooth? No Bluetooth. Of course, you can always connect an adapter if you prefer to keep your iDevice in your lap rather than docked. On the plus side, the FiTSD600 includes both AM and FM tuners, with dual antennas included in the box and support for loads of station presets. Call me old-fashioned, but I like being able to tune in, say, NPR or a Tigers ballgame.

Also, you won't have to get up every time you want to play, pause, or change the song or station, as Fluance supplies a multi-function remote.

I do have a couple small gripes with the product. First, the LCD contrast isn't great, and certain settings (like station presets) can be a pain to program. But the real head-scratcher is the clock, which displays only 24-hour time; there's no option to switch to a 12-hour clock. That's just annoying.

On the other hand, we'll all be prepared if we ever join the military. And that's definitely no reason to avoid this deal. At $199.99 out the door, there's never been a better price on this powerful audio tower. This is one dock I'll be reluctant to send back.

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