Best iPod dock systems

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If you want to listen to music stored on or streamed from your Apple device – whether it's an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad – wireless speakers are the way forward.

But even in these wireless times, there's still room for the humble iPod dock, not least if you have a 30-pin iPod Classic (sadly now discontinued) or have treated yourself to a Lightning-equipped iPhone 7.

Best under £100

Logitech UE Air Speaker

The Logitech UE (Ultimate Ears) Air, the company's first AirPlay speaker dock, is a former Award-winner and still sounds the business, but can now be had for a song. Of course, it offers the bonus of wireless music as well as a dock.

SPECIFICATIONS

AirPlay | 30W | 53.3x14.7x16.7cm

Reasons to Buy
Easy set-up
AirPlay equipped
powerful, entertaining sound
precise, taut bass
Reasons to Avoid
Looks plain from the front

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Best under £200

JBL OnBeat Venue LT

Apple's introduction of the Lightning connector created a demand for dock systems compatible with the 8-pin socket (as opposed to the old 30-pin variant). JBL's OnBeat Venue LT was one of the first out of the blocks and serves up a dynamic, exciting sound that's a lot of fun to listen to - there's also Bluetooth on board. 

SPECIFICATIONS

30W | Bluetooth | 41.5x13.8x13.1cm

Reasons to Buy
Strong sonic performance with good detail
Fun and energetic
Powerful and dynamic
Good compact build
Bluetooth
Easy to use
Reasons to Avoid
No remote

Best under £300

Epoz Aktimate Micro

Fancy a set of desktop speakers with a dock? The Epoz Aktimate Micro is a great solution. Speakers come in the form of a powered ‘master’ speaker and a passive ‘slave’, though you’ll need a Lightning adapter or to use the 3.5mm input for latest generation Apple devices.

SPECIFICATIONS

40W | USB port | 14.5x20x24cm

Reasons to Buy
Finish
Spec
Assertive, involving sound
Punchy bass
Reasons to Avoid
A bit on the big side
No wireless connectivity

Best under £400

B&W Zeppelin Air

A step up from Bowers & Wilkins' original Zeppelin in so many ways and a must-hear for iPod dock buyers. The original Air came fitted with Apple's 30-pin connector, but a Lightning-toting version is also available. 

SPECIFICATIONS

AirPlay | 150W | 54x21x17cm

Reasons to Buy
AirPlay enabled
well-defined bass goes deep
natural midrange
sparkling treble
Reasons to Avoid
Using AirPlay results in a slight drop in sound quality

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Best under £300

NAD Viso 1

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth | USB port | 30Hz-28kHz frequency response

Reasons to Buy
Smooth, cohesive and hugely powerful sound
extensive specification
fine looks
Reasons to Avoid
Very little, save that it doesn’t include AirPlay support, unlike some rivals

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