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Best iphone speaker docks 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best iphone speaker docks of 2018
I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best iphone speaker docks on the market. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a iphone speaker docks that suits your need. Many brands have introduced iphone speaker docks on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this iphone speaker docks win the first place?
The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this iphone speaker docks come in second place?
The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
№3 – iHome iPL23 Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock Charge/Play for iPhone 5/5S 6/6Plus 6S/6SPlus 7/7Plus
Why did this iphone speaker docks take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers.
iphone speaker docks Buyer’s Guide
Years have passed since iPhone speaker docks were in the spotlight. These days they’re barely even the equivalent of a Z-list celeb who might turn up on a reality TV show where contestants are forced to eat insects.
Not everyone likes to stream their music, though. And if that’s you, there are still several iPhone speaker units with wired Lightning dock ports to keep you happy.
Some are from big names like Bowers & Wilkins and Pure. Others are made by companies you may not have encountered before. But all are worth a look if you’re not ready to go “full wireless” just yet.
Note: we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
Not a room-filler
If you want a dock for your bedroom rather than one that needs to act as your main music player, the KitSound XDock Plus is worth a look. It’ll sit happily on a small bedside table and charge your phone to stop you needing to find the Lightning cable that seems to disappear under your bed each evening.
The KitSound XDock Plus has small 3W speakers so isn’t going to make the walls shake, but that’s not the point.
It has a big, clear clock display, acts as an alarm clock and doesn’t cost too much. There’s also Bluetooth for tunes while your iPhone is in your pocket. Bear in mind the radio side of this Lightning socket clock radio is limited, though, with just FM, no DAB.
Slow to operate
Pure has tried to make sure the Contour Dsuits every iPhone owner. It even comes with a 30-pin adaptor as well as a Lightning one, to fit in the dock tray. This lets you attach your ancient iPhone or iPod Classic, if your house hasn’t upgraded to modern-age iPhones.
The dock pushes back into the main speaker unit when not in use – when you’re using the mini jack around the rear, or Bluetooth connectivity, for instance.
You can also wirelessly stream to the DBut, like most Pure gear, radio is still a key draw. There’s DAB as well as “classic” FM. It’s just a shame the display is a bit dim and uninspired.
Still, the dock packs a remote, it’s a breeze to set up and ticks plenty of boxes, as well as sounding rich, crisp and clear, without lacking bass.
Add a little sunshine to your mornings with this brilliantly colored radio alarm dock. Its leatherette detailing surrounds a pair of classic retro cream white grilles, a clear OLED display and responsive function buttons, which include DAB, DAB+ and FM radio, dual alarms and snooze.
A closer look reveals a wooden inner chassis which does wonders for the audio reproduction and offers a wide, surprisingly expansive range – crisp and loud, without tinniness or boom.
Available in a wide range of colors all of which come with an auxiliary out to connect any other devices you have, the VQ looks ace on any bedside cabinet – whatever your wallpaper choice.
Limited support for non-Apple devices
The Bowers & Wilkins Zis one of the last audio-fan iPhone docks you can still buy. But you’d better be quick as nowadays you’ll only find it “recertified” or “refurbished”. These aren’t being made anymore.
The rounded glass-reinforced compact enclosure of this space-agey dock offers plenty of bass, a decent soundstage and good dispersion around any medium-sized room.
Once you’ve linked your device, the Zperforms admirably, with DSP that keeps distortion to an absolute minimum regardless of how high you crank up the volume.
Let’s finish off with something a little mad. The Jarre AeroBull HD is one of the most recent, and probably one of the last, dedicated Lightning speaker docks. It’s shaped like a sunglasses-wearing French Bulldog and, at 10kg and over half a meter tall, it’s larger and heavier than the real thing too.
The Lightning port sits on top of the little guy’s head, making sense of the AeroBull HD’s height. And by his backside you get a 3.5mm aux socket.
This isn’t a high-tech multi-room Wi-Fi speaker, it just uses Bluetooth and the dock. However, that’s not really the idea. This is as much lounge furniture as an iPhone dock, and it has the price to match.
The Jarre AeroBull HD has a 2.driver array, with small units in the dog’s glasses and a subwoofer to the rear. Don’t expect sound to match the high price if you’re an unapologetic audiophile, but at this point this is one of the best-sounding Lightning docks you can get. Even if it is a bloody dog.
No one said it was new, but six years on from its original release and still winning admirers, this dock has staying power – and punchy bass to boot. In fact, the 40W sound quality is as good as the robust build, which houses an OLED screen that shows speaker mode, FM radio frequency and EQ presets. You even get a remote in the box, with responsive buttons for EQ modes, volume and playback.
Pure Contour DDock
Pure has put a lot of thought into this 20W speaker dock. It comes with 30-pin and Lightning connectors (clip-in adaptors) to fit in the dock tray, which revolves back into the main speaker unit when not in use – when you’re using the mini jack around the rear, or Bluetooth connectivity, for instance.
That’s right, you can also wirelessly stream to the D1, which packs DAB and FM radio into its alarm clock functions. It’s just a shame that the display is a bit dim and uninspired. Still, the dock packs a remote, it’s a breeze to set up and ticks plenty of boxes, as well as sounding rich, crisp and clear, without lacking in the bass department.
NudeAudio Studio 5
Old School Jams
It’s a pity, since many of these docks had sizable speakers capable of bass and volume most mainstream Bluetooth speakers are just not able to reach. On the other hand, if you still have an early iPad hanging around, buying a decent speaker dock provides you with the opportunity to turn it into an awesome home jukebox, with access to iTunes and services like Apple Music.
Sony RDPT50IPN Speaker Dock
Best Budget Pick: iHome iDL45BC Lightning Dock Clock Radio/ Alarm iHome has been making these since day one as far as I can remember. I actually had an iHome speaker dock which I had to give away with my last 30-pin iPad. The design of this iDL45BC seems virtually unchanged since then on the outside, other than the Lightning Connector support it now has.
The iHome is more than just a speaker dock, it is also an alarm and radio combo. Even when the iPad is not connected you can still use it as a bedside alarm. iHome also has a bunch of companion apps that let you set alarms and make playlists and things. Honestly, I doubt anyone ever actually uses them.
Overall this seems like a good, fairly future-proof dock. There are, however, a few negatives I picked up. Several people report that the charge function stops working after a year or two and apparently the viewing angles on the clock numerals are pretty bad. Still, at under a hundred bucks I would totally go for this and if you do get a bad one you could always return it.
Think of this as the affordable luxury model. Sure, the polish is missing in the details, but you’re enjoying it too much to really care.
Xtrememac is another brand that I have never heard of. When tablet computers took off there were a slew of unknown names all around suddenly. This is another older product that is still being sold, although it is now priced at a song. It’s officially compatible with the iPad and What makes this dock interesting to me is that it is powered by the iPad itself, making it convenient and portable. Obviously this means the iPad is not being charged and it also means that these are pretty low-powered cans.
I like the idea, but once again the execution leaves much to be desired. Low volume, flimsy construction, and cheap materials all make for a product that probably does not deserve your money.
What about battery life? While not too long ago the standard battery life for a Bluetooth speaker was around five hours, we’ve reached a golden age in Bluetooth accessory battery life and with many budget speakers offering upwards of 7-hours per charge, we wouldn’t recommend buying a speaker that offers anything less.
Every now and again, you’ll come across a Bluetooth speaker that offers a remote. While a remote can be useful in certain environments, especially if the volume of the speaker is controlled independently instead of mirroring the input volume, it’s not essential.
This is especially true if you intend to play music from your smartphone via Bluetooth, as you’ll already have the media controls you need in your hand.
Water and dust resistance
If the Psyc Monic’s styling is a bit too in-your-face then Aukey’s Eclipse is an excellent alternative. It’s roughly the same size but has a nice woven black fabric covering most of the body, with an attractive metal base.
There are more buttons on top than the Monic, so you get volume and separate track skip buttons. Plus, there’s a microphone so you can use it for hands-free phone calls.
At the back is a micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm minijack aux input so you can play music from an old MPplayer or anything else that doesn’t have Bluetooth.
It’s simple to pair your phone with the speaker and we found that the Bluetooth range was larger than Aukey claims, streaming music reliably at a distance of around 15m.
There are two 10W drivers and passive “subwoofers” at either end of the speaker. And they sound amazing. Considering how small it is, the Eclipse delivers much more volume than you’d expect – easily enough to fill a room.
And even at top volume, there’s no noticeable distortion. Bass is surprisingly powerful, but it doesn’t crowd out everything else, so no matter what style of music you play, you’ll be pleased with the quality.
We tested it by watching three films back to back at around 7percent of max. volume and it was perfectly loud enough and still had battery power left.
This is because there’s a 4000mAh battery inside which Aukey says lasts at least 1hours. It’s a few pounds more than the Monic, but we think it’s worth it.
The Oontz and its stylish sibling the Oontz Angle are a few reliable options here. Among the lesser-known entrants, I’ve had good luck with the Phoenix from Beacon Audio and I’m also quite partial to the nice-looking, compact and durable speakers from Bem Wireless that are marketed to university students.
Ultra-rugged or compact
Some of the smallest Bluetooth speakers out there are looking to carve out that niche to become the go-to way to enjoy and share sound on the trail, the road or anywhere else where extreme durability and compactness are required.
Outdoor Technology is a standout here, with a speaker, the Buckshot, that can likely survive being dropped off a cliff or into a creek and is about the size of a candy bar. The Philips Shoqbox also gets rave reviews from active outdoor audiophiles.
A nice upgrade for audiophiles
If you’ve already invested a good amount of money in your existing audio system, the Audioengine BBluetooth Music Receiver is a nice step up, providing sound quality befitting a higher-end system. Its built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC)—the circuitry that turns Bluetooth audio’s digital bits into musical sound—is much better than what you’ll find in the less-expensive models we tested, and likely even better than the DAC built into your phone or tablet. The result is audio quality that’s roughly comparable to what you’d get by connecting your smartphone or tablet directly to your speakers with a cable, if not better. The Bsports a small external antenna that helps it achieve phenomenal range for a Bluetooth device. It’s also well-built, and, like our top picks, it has digital-audio output for use with an external DAC.
A wireless upgrade for older speaker docks
Speaker docks are yesterday’s gadgets, but the BT30 gives them new life, adding Bluetooth capabilities via Apple’s 30-pin dock connector.
A pick for older speaker docks
The Bose NFC-Enabled Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver looks like a strong competitor, but we couldn’t get our hands on a test unit in time for this guide, and the model has disappeared from the company’s website. If it ends up still being in production, we’ll test it for an update to this guide.
The Layen i-Dock Bluetooth Receiver is a 30-pin dock-connector receiver that includes aptX support. We hope to test it to see if it improves on the Samson BT30’s audio performance.
In general, we’re hoping to see future models combine the high-quality audio of our top picks with robust support for handling multiple devices. We’d love to see the Moto Stream’s support for five devices combined with the audio quality of our top picks. Similarly, we’d love to see more products offer the Audioengine B1’s incredible range, but at lower prices. Apple claims to set new standards for Bluetooth audio-device integration and multi-device support with its AirPods and Wchip; we hope to see this level of convenience and reliability in future devices.
In the longer term, newer technologies such as WiFi Direct, 802.11ad, and Miracast may offer higher-bandwidth, more versatile streaming options—but it will be a long time before any of them can offer the ubiquity, compatibility, and price of Bluetooth solutions.
The Satechi Bluetooth Music Receiver and Nyrius Songo HiFi were originally going to be co-top picks, but they were discontinued while we were preparing this guide for production. They’re essentially identical to our top pick, so if you find one of them for a lower price than the StarTech and Monoprice models, it’s worth considering. Similarly, the discontinued Nyrius Songo Tap appears to be nearly identical to the Nyrius Songo HiFi, but with NFC pairing, so it’s worth considering if you find it at a low price.
The Motorola Moto Stream bested every other receiver at maintaining simultaneous, active connections—up to five sources. Pairing and connecting devices worked seamlessly, and the Stream’s range covered my entire apartment. The device’s pretty, multicolored LEDs are also a nice addition, clearly communicating device-connection and playback status. Unfortunately, we found the Stream’s audio quality to be the worst of the non-dock models we tested, sounding flat and lifeless. (The Stream supports only the SBC codec for audio transmission, which may explain its mediocre sound quality.) It’s a shame the Stream’s audio performance wasn’t better, because the device offers otherwise excellent performance.
The Grace Digital 3Play supports three simultaneously connected devices, and while its sound quality beats that of the Moto Stream, our top picks sound significantly better. The 3Play includes an optical audio output and—interestingly—a battery for portable use (but no volume control for use with headphones). However, getting the 3Play to pair and connect to source devices was sometimes hit or miss, and its range was also the worst of the devices in this category, with dropouts occurring at the edge of my living room, about 20 feet from the receiver.
The Avantree Roxa packs all of its electronics into a unit that plugs directly into a wall outlet to reduce clutter and save space. It’s also relatively inexpensive, and it sports a 1A USB-power port for charging your phone or tablet (though much more slowly than a good USB wall charger). The Roxa supports two simultaneous device connections, but putting the unit in pairing mode requires unplugging the Roxa’s audio cable—a pain in any case, but especially so if the unit is concealed behind furniture, which is likely given the Roxa’s wall-plug design. Further, once we paired the Roxa with two sources, we had trouble getting the second source to connect reliably. The Roxa’s audio quality was comparable to that of the Grace Digital 3Play (meaning below that of our top home picks), though its indoor range was among the best of the models we tested, with no dropouts anywhere in my apartment; its outdoor range was also above average.
The Brightech BrightPlay Home appears to be identical to the Roxa, so we didn’t test it.
The Kinivo BTR200 looked like a compelling alternative to our top picks, due to its inclusion of aptX support and an optical output. We received a sample for testing, but a company representative informed us shortly afterward that it had been discontinued.
For 30-pin dock models, the RadTech WaveJamr, Nyrius Songo Link, and CableJive dockBoss air all performed relatively similarly to one another, but none were ultimately as reliable in connecting and pairing to source devices as the Samson BT30, nor did they match the Samson’s range and sound quality.
Best iPhone and iPhone Plus Docking Stations with Speakers innuoo wireless Bluetooth speaker is really power-packed. With w x speaker power, it is good enough to thrill you with the immersive sound.
What to Look for in a Good Airplay Speaker
You need to go for the best out of the rest. Most of the modern designs offer the best not only in the sound quality but also in design. The new design gives a refined appearance of a décor rather than just a standing speaker unit. These good designs are mostly the Vseries which have a woody design with variety colors.
Listening environment is a factor that affects the quality of the sound. In general, the type, size, and materials construction of the room affect the sound quality. For instance, an environment with less or no noise gives the best listening experience compared to a noisy room. The same applies to an enclosed environment with no openings that allow a lot of air in.
The construction of the room also has an impact on the listening experience and quality. For instance, a carpeted floor would have a varied quality from a hardwood floor. On the same, a lot of reverberations is experienced in rooms with low ceilings and arched walls. Therefore, the architecture of the house affects the sound quality and performance of the speakers.
When it comes to music, materials are categorized as either absorbers or non-absorbers. With that, it is necessary to identify the materials in the room like furniture and curtains and ensure that the ones that absorb sound are correctly placed. Basically, fabric surfaces and upholstered furniture tend to absorb sound. Therefore, you need to set the speakers in such a way that the listeners are at the center of the sound projection.
Altec Lansing IMT320 30-Pin iPod Speaker Dock
The devices listed above, and most devices still on the market today (in 2012) use the old standard 30-pin connector. If in doubt, or unless the product specifically states that it is designed for the brand new iPhone Lightning connector, then it uses the old 30-pin connector. What this means is if you are buying a dock for yourself or a friend, you simply need to know if their Apple device is very new (iPhone or later). If so, keep in mind they will need to buy the adapter in order to have full compatibility.
If you’re a musician or producer of any stripe, iOS devices offer affordable, convenient options to create music on the go. And with the addition of a few simple hardware components, you can turn your iPad or iPhone into a recording powerhouse that’s ready to handle just about anything you could possibly need.
Of course, to turn an iPad into a full-fledged pro-audio device, you will need a few add-on components. And which components you select should be suited to the role you would like the device to play in your recording routine.
With that in mind, here is a look at some of the most popular recording gear for iOS.
You can shop the full selection of iOS mics here.
The iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia is an excellent choice for hand-held use with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac equipped with 30-pin or Lightning connectors. It’ll even work with Android devices (with an OGT adapter) and delvers excellent 24-bit definition sound.
The IK Multimedia iRig HD is a professional-grade condenser microphone with 24-bit output and plug-and-play compatibility with iOS.
Plug the Zoom iQX-Y Stereo Microphone into your compatible iPhone or iPad’s Lighting connector to transform it into a full-fledged studio, ready to capture music, conferences and ambient sounds with awesome fidelity and realism. Dual unidirectional condenser mics swivel from 90-120º allowing you to control the sound field. Smartly engineered, Zoom includes an extended connector and spacer so the mic connects securely to devices with covers on them. A gain wheel plus 3-segment LEDs help dial in levels and avoid distortion. The iQ6’s headphone jack also doubles as a line output so you can use it for monitoring during recording and playback. Zoom’s Handy Recorder App gives you on-screen metering and numerous options to fine-tune your recording.
Armed with an iQfrom Zoom and your compatible iO device, you’re ready to capture any sound, anyplace with stunning fidelity and realism.
Any professional audio engineer knows the importance of good studio monitors for creating the perfect mix. In the studio, you need speakers designed to give you accurate, uncolored playback so you know what your audio really sounds like. This is just as true for your mobile studio as well, and that’s why some manufacturers have started creating portable speakers that offer the accuracy of a quality studio monitor.
One example of a mobile studio monitor is IK Multimedia’s iLoud. Offering 40 watts of power and high audio resolution, the iLoud gives you more than enough volume and clarity to produce an accurate mix on the go.
The IK Multimedia iLoud brings studio-monitor quality to mobile-friendly speaker setups.
Music production tools for iOS
Using music production tools as part of your recording and engineering process can be important for filling out compositions and achieving the sound you want for your tracks. And just like its desktop operating system counterparts, iOS has plenty of tools available to help you do just that. With the addition of the right hardware components, you can easily turn your iPad, iPhone, or iPod into a complete mobile music production lab.
Plenty of iOS apps are available for creating loops, drum tracks, and sample sequences. But to take full advantage of these tools, it’s best to use an external controller designed for ease of use. Recently, manufacturers have started creating mobile-ready controllers that plug in to your iOS device and give you a more intuitive interface for making digital music.
Anything you can do with Abelton Live you can do better controlling the application with the Novation Launchpad RGB.
In addition to the tools that can allow you to turn your iOS device into a complete recording platform, some simple accessories can be helpful for integrating the device into your home studio. For instance, if you aren’t docking your iPad into a professional audio device, it can be helpful to invest in a professional-grade mount such as the On-Stage Stands Tablet Mounting System. This way, the device stays firmly in place while you use it to create your mixes.
You also might consider whether you will need any professional quality cables or adapters to use for your iOS setup. For example, if you will be recording guitar and monitoring the output on an amplifier, you might need an 1/8-inch stereo male to 1/4-inch mono female adapter.
For these and other iOS accessories you may need in your home studio, take a look at the variety of iOS accessories offered through Musician’s Friend.
LG Electronics ND8630
This docking station is manufactured by well-known consumer electronics company LG electronics. ND8630 is the largest and most powerful version of LG Android and iPhone docks. This is a true multifunctional device as it has got one of the industry best speakers combined with docking and charging capabilities, but mostly it is used as a speaker dock for both Android and iOS music players, smartphones and tablets.
The absolute highlights of this docking station are the speakers. LG ND8630 has got 80W channel speakers with additional bass boost function that gives out truly clear, crisp and powerful sound. The speakers of this docking station are one of the best between android docking stations and can only be challenged by such a grand as Samsung DA-E750 speaker dock.
Besides the premium sound quality, LG dock offers multiple useful connection features. The dock is equipped with a Micro USB and Apple 8-pin connectors and is capable of docking android and iOS device simultaneously. Besides this, LG ND8630 also supports more common Bluetooth 3.0 and 3.5mm AUX connections, so speaker dock will work with practically any smartphone or music player. Additionally this docking station supports AirPlay, Wi-Fi and NFC connections.
This device combines multiple features so it can be used as an alarm clock dock, speaker dock and charger dock with a stand. The best place to use the Hale Dreamer is on a nightstand next to your bed, as it is guaranteed to make your waking up and going to sleep a more pleasant time. The best features of Hale Dreamer dock are its alarm clock functions like SmartSilance that blocks any unwanted calls or customizable alarm clock with many changeable settings.
Hale Devices has done a really great job making this dock very simple and easy to use. All buttons are where you would expect them to be and the design of the dock allows it to fit practically any bedroom interior.
Hale Dreamer not only can be used as an alarm clock dock, but also as a speaker dock as it is equipped with a pretty powerful 10W speaker. One drawback of this dock is the lack of any wireless connection possibilities like Bluetooth that we can see on many other android docking stations. However, this feature is not a „must have function” in an alarm clock dock, because your smartphone is going to sit in the docking station at night anyway and there is no need for a Bluetooth connection.
For charging Hale Dreamer has a sturdy Micro-USB cable and for sound streaming it uses a 3.5mm AUX jack.
HALE speaker dock
HALE has produced another great android docking station called HALE Speaker dock. In opposite to Dreamer, which is an alarm clock dock, this device is better suited for music listening and is equipped with two speakers to provide better quality and more powerful sound.
The best feature of Hale speaker dock is its superb sound quality and loudness. Thanks to the two inch built-in speakers and a bass driver this 16W speaker is able to produce some crisp sound with emphasis on the bass. The power of this speaker dock cannot be matched by most other portable docking stations and Bluetooth speakers.
From connectivity point Hale speaker dock is pretty similar to Hale Dreamer dock. For sound streaming it has a 3.5mm AUX jack and for charging it uses a Micro-USB cable. Both 3.5mm sound and Micro-USB charging cords have very sturdy cables, which in addition helps to secure device in a stable position on top of the dock. Similar to Dreamer, Speaker dock does not provide any wireless connection capabilities, such as Bluetooth, NFC or Wi-Fi.
A great addition to this speaker dock is a remote control, so you can control the speaker dock from a distance. This really eliminates the need for a Bluetooth capability, because remote control has all audio control buttons for controlling any music player, audio app or radio on your smartphone and you can also answer calls with the remote control.
Hale speaker dock is your best choice if you: iHome iBN97GC iHome is well known smartphone and tablet accessories manufacturer and has previously made some of the best-selling android docks. iBN97GC is one of iHome high end android docking stations. This docking station provides both alarm clock dock and speaker dock functions in a single device. iBN97GC is an universal dock and can work with practically any smartphone or music player, including Apple devices.
Great Useful Stuff charging station
This charging station is manufactured by a company called Great Useful Stuff. The company makes different charging stations, holders, cable organizers, bags and sleeves for portable electronics.
GUS device is basically a stand and cable organizer that can store up to five device at the same time. It will help to organize all charging cables in a single, convenient place under the stand, so no wires tangle around on the table. This device comes in multiple colors from white, silver and black leatherette to light brown bamboo and can be used practically anywhere, from your office desk to your living room or bedroom table or nightstand.
What we like about this device is that it allows storing not only smaller devices like smartphones, but also has two compartments for larger devices like tablets and laptops. GUS charging station can store total of devices – three smaller on the front and two larger on the back. In the smallest gap you can store your smartphones, mpplayers, GPS devices, digital cameras and other portable gadgets. Both larger gaps can store device up to 1.2inches (3mm) thick.
The charging station has charging holes, three holes on the front gap for smaller devices and two holes on the sides for laptops and tablets. This charging station can be used with devices from practically any manufacturer, you just need to use your own chargers, as GUS stand does not come with any charging cables.
On the bottom of the charging stand there is a special compartment, where all the charging cables can be stored and managed. The bottom and top parts are held together with magnets. This cable storage compartment will help to hide all the charging cables, which usually are lying around on the desk, and will give your desk a much more organized look.
If you would like to read more detailed reviews about any of these android docking stations, please visit reviews section of our website.
NFC or Near field communication is a relatively new mobile phone connection and communication standard that gets implemented in the newest smartphones. NFC allows to exchange data between two NFC enabled devices in a very simple and fast way. Both devices must be about inch close to each other. Today, most popular portable audio speaker manufacturers are implementing NFC technology in their newest portable speakers and android docking stations. NFC allows to connect smartphone to portable speaker or audio dock with one touch. However, music from your smartphone to speaker gets streamed with bluetooth connection. NFC allows to connect and pair both devices really fast and easy. NFC also allows for multiple mobile devices to connect to a single speaker. This means that you and your friends can connect to one bluetooth speaker or android speaker dock and choose which device streams music to speaker with just one tap. We will definitely see NFC technology getting implemented in more and more smartphones, portable speakers and android docking stations in the future.
So choose wisely what docking mechanism you get and think about which of these four options is most acceptable to you.
SONR Labs is a small company that was created in 201by just two guys that had a mission to create a home audio system that is easy to use so that you would have a hassle free life with your music playing like in those good old days. Their first and only product is an Android docking station that provides a wide range of connectivity and an amazing design. These two business partners are trying to change the home music playback scheme and I hope they manage to build a lot more products just like their first. Because this is a really technology driven company, they offer an API that plugs directly in their Application and that you can modify and extend so technology savvy users will be able to modify and improve SONR Labs products.
Radio Corporation of America or RCA was a company that was created in 191and was in the business till 198when it got liquidated. The RCA brand name lives on in Sony Music Entertainment and is used for products that are related to the RCA original production. Because of this high value trademark RCA products need to have high quality and great functionality or else people will start to doubt the original brand. Sony Music Entertainment and other brands that use this trademark know this and always introduce only top quality products and Android docking stations are no exception. RCA produces more than 1different docking stations that allow you to dock your iPod or Android smart device and they range from alarm clocks to powerful speaker docks. iHome is a subdivision of a company called SDI technologies that was created in 200to provide iPod accessories. SDI technologies is a huge corporation that creates and markets consumer electronics from the early 195so they know what they are doing. A subdivision of a company as old as this the iHome brand had to create a great product and they managed to pull of that with flying colors. They first introduced just one iPod Speaker system but now they make countless docks for Apple and other manufacturers but what interests us is that they also make some android docking stations. Their docks have received awards and best product badges because they are well built, have great functionality and they are not that expensive and can be found in more than 70 countries in almost any bigger than average electronic distributor.
You most probably know the manufacturer of your phone but do you know any specialized docks for it? In most cases high end smartphones and tablets have docking stations specially designed for them. If this is the case and you have a high end Samsung or Motorola device then good for you but if you have a low end smartphone then be sure to check if your model number is included in any docks supported device list.
When you get a multifunctional dock you should check what is the mechanism like and if it can facilitate those dimensions that you measured. But be sure to measure with any additional protectors or covers as they usually add thickness and also increase the total size.
Built in Speakers
When you are looking at the feature set check if that dock has a built in speaker as that can become handy for louder music playback and if you want to watch movies on larger devices. A built in speaker will also have better sound quality and can be used as a great alarm clock.
Compatible with iPhone and above. It also has a stand for Apple Watch that works with both Series and iPad MiNi is also supported. Works with Apple lightning cable (not included). You can put your Apple watch in nightstand mode with this dock. The Apple watch stand is hollow. You can use it to put your extra cable inside. Overall this is a great designed Aluminum dock for your iPhone.
VELOUR Apple Lightning Speaker Dock
You can use VELOUR Apple lightning dock for both play and charge your iPhone using Apple Lightning connector. It works with iPhone and above, also with iPod touch + nano. You can connect other devices to this dock with Bluetooth. Also, you can listen to FM radio. It has sleep timer option plus LED display with bright/DIM control. Other digital audio players can be connected to it using Audio Line-in input. With a remote control, you can control its high-quality speakers like changing equalizer, bass/treble changes etc. Only one negative point we have found with this dock that Apple watch is not supported, otherwise, it has lots of different features as compared to other docks. iHome iPLWBT5B is a lightning connector dock to charge and play your iPhone ( supports till iPhone ) and Apple Watch. You can set alarm with this dock, play music from any Bluetooth enabled device or listen to FM radio station with its inbuilt speakers.Charge your Apple watch with its integrated Watch charger. It can automatically sync the time with the charging iPhone and can dim the display. Go for it if you are looking for a multipurpose good looking dock.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your iphone speaker docks wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of iphone speaker docks
- №1 — DOSS SoundBox Bluetooth Speaker
- №2 — Bluetooth Speakers 4.2
- №3 — iHome iPL23 Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock Charge/Play for iPhone 5/5S 6/6Plus 6S/6SPlus 7/7Plus