Best iPod dock systems


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.


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

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. 


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

Reasons to Buy
Strong sonic performance with good detail
Fun and energetic
Powerful and dynamic
Good compact build
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.


40W | USB port | 14.5x20x24cm

Reasons to Buy
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. 


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