Just when you thought you'd seen everything there was to be done with iPod docks – and indeed internet radio devices - along comes TerraTec with its Noxon 2. Not content with being a wi-fi music streaming device with internet radio capability and a 2.1 speaker system built-in, the £250 unit also has a dock on the top to accept your iPod, and USB input for other players and memory devices.
As well as the built-in amp and speakers, the Noxon 2 radio for iPod also has both line and headphone outputs, allowing private listening or connection to a hi-fi system, and an FM tuner-built-in.
There's even an optical digital output to run straight into AV receivers, and the unit comprises two sections - the Noxon 2 itself and a Speakerbase containing the amp and speakers. It's also possible to buy just the upper section for use with your existing system.
The Noxon works with IEEE 802.11b/g and IEEE 802.3 wireless network standards, as well as cabled Ethernet, and supports WPA2, WPA and WEP security. Compression formats handled are MP3, WMA, AAC+ and OGG Vorbis, and the unit will also play copy protected content in WMA format using Microsoft's DRM10 digital rights management.
Software is included for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, and the Noxon 2 comes complete with an infrared remote control.