Wednesday, February 8, 2012

1. Philips Fidelio

The Fidelio is designed to look good even when there's nothing docked. When there is, you can enjoy digitally processed sound at optimal acoustic volume.

A proximity sensor activates the backlit control panel, while the free Philips DockStudio app promises to help you get more out of your listening experience.

2. iLuv Vibro II

The Vibro II is a traditional iPhone alarm clock dock but with a novelty twist -- the included "Shaker" unit vibrates to help wake you.

With a large controllable LCD display, tons of alarm and setting options and a companion app that includes weather info, the Vibro II should earn its place by your bed.

3. Boston Acoustics iDS-3 Plus

Coming in with some serious clout in the audio department, this system delivers 100 Watts of total system power and a wireless 6-inch subwoofer for room-filling sound.

Meanwhile, a design that's all clean, curving lines means this will work in any room of any home.

4. JBL OnBeat

The JBL OnBeat has a compact footprint and will play nice with all your iOS devices -- in any orientation.
Boasting a 360-degree soundstage, the OnBeat will give you 2 x 7.5-watt amplification and computer-optimized DSP equalization.

5. Libratone Live

The Libratone Live pays homage to Scandinavian design with a simple tower form factor and cashmere, chrome and wood materials.

6. JVC UX-VJ3W Dual Dock

A great option for owners of both the iPhone and the iPad, this docks both devices, the iPad via the main unit and the iPhone through a "hidden" dock.

30 Watts output, detached speakers, a radio tuner, clock, sleep timer and alarm separate this from lower-end docks.


If you're looking for something a little different, this might be it, as it's a "tabletop audio lamp."

In addition to playing your tunes, the SR-LUXi is perfectly suited to replace your alarm clock and bedside light.

Its built-in dimmable lamp can be set to wake you. If that doesn't do the trick, then there's also the ability to wake to music from your iPhone/iPod, the FM radio or buzzer.

8. Panasonic SC-HC05 Stereo System

This unit's slimline design makes it a great candidate for wall-mounting or placing on a shelf.

Its sleek looks are complimented by a tidy push-to-open iPod/iPhone dock, while there's also Bluetooth streaming if you prefer to keep your phone in hand.

9. Edifier USA Tick Tock Dock

If you're looking for a fun option, then the Tick Tock Dock's quirky, old-school bell alarm clock style delivers.

Pumping out 2 x 4.5 Watts, there are all the alarm options you'd expect, FM radio, and an attractive round LCD clock display for when your phone's not docked.

10. Conran Audio iPod Dock

Currently available in the UK and Europe, the Conran (as in Sir Terence) iPod dock is a classy white tabletop speaker with Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music too.

Boasting sound engineering by Q Acoustics, the speaker lets you rotate a docked iPhone and the remote control stows away neatly in the side of the unit.