How to choose the best iPod & iPhone speaker docking station

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Listening to music on your headphones is easy but what if you want to blast your playlist out loud? Technology Guru, Veronica Belmont is here to tell you about the latest iPod® docking systems and help you figure out which is most suitable for your needs.

Transcript An iPod or iPhone is a great way to carry around your digital music. It's easy to pop on some headphones and listen to music by yourself. But what if you want to blast your playlist out loud? Hi, there. I'm Veronica Belmont and today we're going to talk about finding the perfect companion to your iPod or iPhone, a high quality speaker dock.

When you look at various iPod docking systems, they look similar on the surface. You've got a speaker with a cradle that holds your iPod or iPhone. But that's really where the similarities end. Some docks, like this one, combine the speaker with a large display and alarm clock functionality. These are perfect for a bedside table when you want to wake up to your own music. You can also set the alarm to your favorite radio station, as this has an AM/FM tuner. And if you're the type of person who sleeps right through music alarms, there's always the default buzzer.

Many docking systems come with remote controls, so you can change songs or turn the volume up or down from across the room. And still others, like this one, are ideal for watching video in addition to listening to your tunes. You can actually rotate your iPod 90 degrees for a widescreen view while the speakers pump out excellent sound. This is great for watching your favorite music videos on YouTube. Whichever style you choose, though, you'll need to think about how you want to use your dock.

For example, how portable do you want your music to be? Will you be happy listening to your tunes in one room, or do you want to take it with you in and out of the house? If your only indoors, an iPod dock with a hardwire plug should be fine. But if portability is what you're looking for, make sure to find a dock that is battery powered like this one. It is super compact so you can grab it and go.

If you think you'll be playing music from multiple sources, check out a dock that offers streaming from any bluetooth enabled device. Whether the music is on your iPod, your friends Android phone, or any other bluetooth enabled player, like a tablet or iPad, you can stream music on some great sounding speakers. That brings me to the last and probably most important feature to look for or maybe I should say listen for, the sound. Sound can vary tremendously from brand to brand and even dock to dock.

So if you can, try and listen to a dock before you buy it. Look for bass boost for fuller, deeper bass, audio settings for various styles of music, wide frequency response, and low distortion. iPod docks offer excellent sound quality and are versatile enough to use anywhere from the bedroom to the beach. You just need to figure out which of those are most important to you. I'm Veronica Belmont for Sony with Howdini. For more information, visit sony.com/howdini.
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  • Veronica Belmont

    Veronica Belmont Technology Guru Veronica Belmont is a self-proclaimed gamer and social networking junkie. Veronica made her mark as a producer and on-air talent, leaving to host the eclectic video show Mahalo Daily, which was named one of the top new podcasts in 2008 on iTunes. more about this expert »

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