HiFix has an exhilarating range of iPod Docks with and without Speakers that deliver superior, bass-driven sound quality and allow you remote control your iPod and still enjoy the true hi-fi performance at an economical price. Listen to from your Hi Fi System or with built in speakers at the quality and sound levels you can achieve with compact disc.
Below is a conclusive iPod Docking guide we hope will provide you useful information and help in determining your choice of product, many factors can govern your best choice, iPod docks with speakers built in as a standalone system or just the iPod Dock itself to connect into your existing system, certainly the benefits of sound quality can be enhanced by connecting into your existing system.
The iPod family is flourishing, so, for most people, the iPod requires very little introduction; for the others, it's simply the coolest, revolutionary portable device, that's taking the digital music world by storm. The iPod, itself, comes in variety of models, including the standard, classic, white player, the slim line Nano, and the tiny shuffle - but they all allow you to loads and loads of your music collection with you wherever you go.
There is a lot of variation in the dock market, but most people will associate small, portable docks - such as the Denon ASD11R iPod Docking Station or the Arcam IR Dock for iPod in the same way that iPods themselves are portable.
Or you can go as large as you'd like in your search for an iPod docking solution such as the Bose Sounddock Original Music System or the B & W Zeppelin iPod Docking Station
The variety of add-on features are more than we can write about here but you can opt to buy various models already built in from alarm clock systems with built in docks or the latest Hi Fi Mini Systems to stunning valve amplification systems such as the Fatman iTube 202 FatDock to streaming, and remote controls. Even if you have previously purchased a non-iPod MP3 player, you're also not automatically excluded. Most iPod docks come with a standard 3.5 mm audio in jack that you can utilise to connect to your old system.
You can discover iPod docking stations built into a whole range of different products, including some smaller stereos that are designed simply as a docking station with speakers. Other products that include docks are:
iPod's are not always the same, Apple® for example have done a number of rather unusual things to the shape and size of the iPod. As such, most docks use the standard iPod Dock Connector (for third-generation or newer iPods), but may require a small adaptor to 'fit' each iPod. Most Docks will come with an assortment of connection adaptor's when you purchase, however bear in mind all new models that will arrive in the future.
Usually the built in iPod battery session lasts roughly 12 to 15 hours, after which the batteries need to be recharged, Most if not all iPod Docks have a built in charger and in addition to the standard iPod charger other options are available, for example, for in-car charging (Requires a cigarette lighter socket) or via a computer's USB cable.
On certain models such as the iPod Touch or 3rd generation Nano you can watch or share either Photo's or Video content from your iPod on your television.
There are loads of optional extras available for the iPod, depending on exactly how you want to use it. Whether it's for home, in the bedroom or on the go it's worth taking a look at some of these, to ensure that you're making the most of your listening experience.
White headphones, prevalent in Apple's extensive advertising campaign, are synonymous with the iPod, but are, perhaps surprisingly, not the only option. The award winning Sennheiser CX300 in ear headphones come highly recommended and recently won the coveted What Hi Fi Award for headphones.
For home use a good choice would be the Denon AH-D310 on ear headphones. Wireless headphones are available such as the Sennheiser RS160 Wireless Headphones, as are many iPod compatible headphones from other manufacturers; remember most will provide much better quality sound than the standard headphones that are packaged with your iPod.
Another, great, accessory that you might like to consider is a headphone splitter cable, which allows a single iPod to be connected to two sets of headphones - great for sharing your favourite music with a friend. Look for a dock that takes both battery and mains power. A rechargeable battery will keep long-term costs down and have less impact on the environment.
A major factor that will reduce your system's sound quality is the quality of the MP3 files on your iPod. Use the best quality audio files you can. The iTunes music store standard (128kbps AAC) should be adequate. For better quality load music as iTunes Plus tracks (256kbps).
Power: Ensure the dock can be powered by batteries - rechargeable is best. Fall asleep, and wake up, to your favourite playlists.