November 23, 2012
Apple now has a Lightning to USB Cable for those who were thinking generic. While discouraging third party manufacturers of same, it can be used for syncing or charging and is compatible with the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company has also released a Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter.
November 12, 2012
While most docks seem to be too large to really be portable, the Stycom iPhone/touch Dock can fold up and fit into a pocket. At a minute size of 2.1 x 3.3 x 0.2" and available in three color combinations, it works in both portrait and landscape mode. The device has storage space for an SD card, extra SIM and SIM removal tool. An included cable connects to the smartphone's charger or USB port. Although it can not work with the Lightening connector, it will work with most iPhones/touches.
September 20, 2012
If you still have some old cassette tapes stashed in your attic, (you know who you are) the Cassette to iPod Converter literally lets you play them. Set your device in one side and the tape in the other and your tunes will be converted to MP3 files. The converter also works with iPhones, has a headphone jack audio output and needs two batteries (not included.) Cassettes can also be played on PC or Mac with included software and yours for $79.95.
By the way if you heard about this as being available from Hammacher, they no longer carry it.
Via Ion Audio
September 18, 2012
We won't bore you by reiterating the debut of the iPhone 5 but we liked the look of the new 5mm thin iPod nano. The device has a 2.5" multi-touch display, built-in Bluetooth, a 30 hour battery life and super simple home, volume and play buttons. As a bonus, it comes paced with a pedometer and Nike + support. Look for it in October in one of 7 colors at a starting price of $149.00.
August 28, 2012
Once you plug your iPhone/touch into the AOC myStage, you get a 23" HD display with 50,000,000:1 DCR contrast so everyone can watch. The dock also has two 5W SRS speakers and both VGA and HDMI support. You can stream photos or videos that you have stored as well as access to YouTube and other video-sharing sites. Connect with USB cable to a PC or Mac and you can sync iCloud content. MyStage carries a £224 (~$352.00) price.
August 9, 2012
Philips combines a speaker system and dual-deck docking station with two 5.25" subwoofers and 2" tweeters. The DJ-Dock allows the user to mix and scratch with iPhones and/or iPods while including glowing, pulsing speaker rings. Features include a cross fader, power boosting, treble/bass control and mic input. A USB port allows for flash drive control and an aux-in port means other MP3 players can be used. Available in the UK for now, it comes with a hefty £299.99 (~$469.00) price tag.
April 20, 2012
Check out JVC's all-in-one Kaboom. The boombox/dock can play almost any audio type with support for iPod/iPhone and features twin super woofers, full-range speakers and twist auto-door lock. The 40W NB90-B also features an FM digital tuner with 30 presets, a CD player and a CD player. And for the serious, it also has mic and guitar inputs. Now all you need is a shoulder big enough to carry it.
February 8, 2012
JVC doesn't want to simply replace your clock radio, they want you to have an entire new nightstand. The N-BX3 iPhone/iPod Speaker Dock is made of wood with a glass top. At a size of 500 x 300 x 110mm and available in black or white, features include an FM tuner and SRS StudioSound for HD at a price of ¥400,000 (~$520.00.)
Via Akihabara News
January 9, 2012
Samsung has a couple of new audio docks that support not only Galaxy S phones and players but Apple devices as well. The DA-E750 Speaker/Dock has "hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology" that reportedly combines clear digital sound with a natural one produced by a vacuum in its preamp. The DA-E670 lacks the tube, but both stream wirelessly with AllShare or Airplay and charge while you listen. They make their debut at the CES 2012.
December 28, 2011
The Swivl, formerly known as the Star, is Satarii's idea of a "vloggers dream mobile accessory." Compatible with both iPhones/iPods/iPads and Flip cams, the portable dock can rotate 360º to follow you around as you perform the next big viral video. Add the app and you can remotely trigger recording as it locks focus. Sign up to be one of the first to own it when it arrives early next year.
November 14, 2011
iHome appreciates the nostalgic as evidenced by their Portable Boombox. Not only is it a dock for your iPhone/iPod, it also has digital tuning FM and with the Radio app, access to Internet radio stations. The iP4GZ features two 4" woofers and two 1" tweeters with SRS TruBass, a 5 band equalizer and an aux line-in jack. The dock/radio comes with remote, AC adaptor or can run on 6 D batteries (not included.)
Via iHome Portable Boombox
November 10, 2011
Yamaha's latest contribution to the iPod/iPhone dock market is their octagonal PDX-11. Available in white, blue, green or black, the portable speaker system not only looks good, it has a 4" woofer, 3/8" tweeter, a 30-pin connection and a 3.5mm jack. The AUX-in allows music from other sources and the system is powered by 6 AA batteries for up to 8 hours of play time.
October 10, 2011
JBL's On Stage IIIP Portable Speaker Dock is compatible with iPod touch, iPhone, iPod classic and iPod nano 3G. Features include their unique Odyssey driver, COE, auto-shutoff, evercharge (even when it is turned off) and AA battery usage for up to 12 hours of play. A 3.5mm mini-jack connects with MP3 and CD players, computers, game systems. An IR remote is included with full navigation control.
Via JBL On Stage
September 19, 2011
Gone are the days of our humongous Pioneer music systems as evidenced by this iPod dock that comes tabletop-sized. The X-SMC3-S Music Tap has WiFi access to online stations like Pandora and IHeart Radio via AirPlay. iPhones, iPod touches, iPads and Macs can take advantage of the system as can PCs that run iTunes.
Via Panasonic Audio