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Kaotic
19-01-09, 10:12 PM
im looking at getting an ipod docking speaker system...

i want something with decent quality sound... what do you recommend?

id rather a docking station all in one.... but if there are other options id consider it

im not after a 5.1-6.1 surround sound system as i already have one for my TV and i dont want speakers everywhere in my room...

it will be for both my New nano and 30gig video

im into r&b, hip hop style music

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i like this bose one:D
http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/1006/ipodhifi1be5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

TENSE
19-01-09, 10:26 PM
i was also looking at some speakers for mine, was thinking logitech pure-fi, have a look at them i guess theres a few models of it

Andy Wana
19-01-09, 10:43 PM
What's your budget? That will narrow it down a lot

kula
19-01-09, 10:47 PM
bose is the devil.

klipsch, B&W at the higher end, logitech at the very low.

Kaotic
19-01-09, 10:51 PM
What's your budget? That will narrow it down a lot
$500-600 or more?

just after something good... thats the main thing:D

minix3
19-01-09, 11:55 PM
If you don't mind spending up, go have a look in Len Wallis (http://www.lenwallis.com/) at Lane Cove. They have some of the best Audio equipment out. Relatively high priced though but the set up rooms and such are amazingly awesome to go look at.

Andy Wana
20-01-09, 12:10 AM
This is my recommendation ...

http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/lm_altview_tn981.jpg

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Wink
20-01-09, 12:15 AM
I saw that B&W thing... it costs $1000+ though

Andy Wana
20-01-09, 12:19 AM
I saw that B&W thing... it costs $1000+ though

He did say $500 - 600 or more ....
It used to cost $999 when our dollar was still in tip top condition, now it's around $1200+ RRP.

bridge12a
20-01-09, 12:40 AM
I would go for a VAF Octavio 1i

VAF are a South Australian based company and the sound is pretty damn good (as good as the B&W I think) without the name and the price tag. A mate of mine has just bought one and I'm impressed.

They retail for about $500-$700

I went for a Nuforce Icon amp and speaker setup, would also recommend them, bit expensive tho.

Arkhaeon
20-01-09, 02:00 AM
http://www.mantronics.ca/mantronics%20site%20new_data_PLO/Cables/3.55mm%20to%20rca.jpg

Thats what I use. (running into a Yamaha DSP-A1 + B&W DM110's)

Why get a standalone unit just for the iPood, when you already have a decent speaker set?

$600 is a new racing seat for your car!

Kazaf
20-01-09, 02:06 AM
http://www.mantronics.ca/mantronics%20site%20new_data_PLO/Cables/3.55mm%20to%20rca.jpg

Thats what I use.

Why get a standalone unit just for the iPood, when you already have a decent speaker set?



EXACTAMONDO!

Trolls Royce
20-01-09, 06:02 AM
I got some Klipsch things that are pretty sick. Been doing the hard time for two years on my desk at work.

import_bible
20-01-09, 06:49 AM
This is my recommendation ...

http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/lm_altview_tn981.jpg

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Heard nothing but good things about this! Thinking about buying it but, saving my money for more important things...

black200
20-01-09, 12:55 PM
tivoli ftw

JDMracer1988
20-01-09, 04:48 PM
Im also looking for an ipod dock at the moment.

Philips' DC910 'docking entertainment system' is what im been going towards. You are able to wall mount it which i like. About $300

http://www.whathifi.com/productimages/113800f5egt.jpg

scathing
24-01-09, 02:46 AM
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

I had a listen to this at Len Wallis Audio, and to be honest I can't hear that it's worth double the cost of a Bose SoundDock (which I bought the first generation of after trialling most of the available integrated speaker systems available at the time).

To be honest, I prefer the sound of the Bose.

What I don't like about the SoundDock is:

1. The volume defaults to "stupid loud" when powered up. I turn mine off at the power point when not used, so it's a tad annoying
2. The buttons for volume aren't the most tactile in the world
3. No interface to connect to a PC
4. No line-in to plug in any other audio device

Aside from the audio quality, what I do like about the SoundDock is that it's a single compact piece. It fits easily into a bag and pretty rugged, and so I generally take it with me when I go on holidays. It also does generate a decent amount of volume, which is good when I'm washing the car.


If you're never planning on moving the unit and you don't mind looking like a complete audiophile tosser, my favourite iPod dock/amp/speaker set up has to be the Fatman (http://www.fat-man.co.uk/) valve amp. My housemate has one, and I really like the sound coming out of it. Valve amps have a warmth that transistor ones can't match.

It's about $900 for the entry model unit.

Len Wallis has both the Zeppelin and the Fatman. Take your iPod down, and go listen to them. They sound noticably different, and one might be more to your taste than the other.

AaronAE86
24-01-09, 01:41 PM
Get that Bose one in the first thread.

My dad got one and the sound is unbelievable.

BU93YE
24-01-09, 01:55 PM
Logitech Dream is a pretty good system. Its only $299, which is cheap compared to some of the others posted above, but its pretty good!

I havnt compared to these other ones, but out of the 15 or so different styles and brands that we sell at work, its by far the best.