View Full Version : OT: Ipod speakers

11-06-2006, 12:41 PM
I would like to get my brother and sister-in-law some speakers that their ipod can plug into. I've looked at a few models, but I'm not sure what's good. I can't get anything too expensive (ie. $300 Bose speakers), but I'm hoping to find something with good quality sound that isn't too expensive Do any of you have anything that you like or any suggestions?? Thanks all!!

11-06-2006, 12:45 PM
Any old computer speakers will work. The computer speaker jack is the same as a head phone jack, so the cord just plugs straight into the iPod's headphone jack, and the speakers into the wall. Works with all iPod models, too. (Some of the "fancy" ones take trickery to get them to work with the Shuffle.) Harmon Kardon makes good quality computer speakers.

But if you want one of the ones where the iPod docks and it looks all nice and fancy...Don't get the iBlaster. I have the iBlaster alarm clock and it is HORRIBLE. The sound quality is wretched, when I put the iPod in, it automatically starts playing it at volume setting 30 (I can deal with the auto-play--not the volume reset) and the alarm feature is bad. It stops snoozing after an hour, and it has a "gentle wake" feature. It "gently" goes from off to volume 30 in 2 seconds. I'm so frustrated with it.

11-06-2006, 03:48 PM
we just bought a shelf radio/cd/speaker system for about $80 and made sure that it had a "line in" on it.

We use a cord from the headphone jack of the ipod to the jack on the shelf system.

11-06-2006, 04:27 PM
I got my boyfriend the iHome from bed bath and beyond.. the quality is decent and it doubles as a radio and alarm clock... he looooves it and is totally a speaker snob... You can program it to wake you up to a specific song on your iPod.. it was $99 which I think is pretty reasonable esp for the quality.. here is the link!


This is a newer product that they didn't have last year it's $129 and just as cool just depends if you want the alarm clock part or not...


11-06-2006, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I've been looking a lot today and I'm leaning towards these (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2173,CONTENTID=10785), so if anyone has any thoughts or inputs on them, it'd be greatly appreciated!

11-06-2006, 06:39 PM
Try and go to a store and see if you can listen to them. And/or do google searches for reviews. I'm unfamiliar with Logitech speakers, sorry.

11-07-2006, 12:11 AM
You could check out the reviews at apple.com and/or amazon. I scored a small travel type speaker from Amazon on their friday sale, seems like I got a pretty good deal and they're decent for their small size.


11-07-2006, 12:38 PM
I personally don't buy speakers for iPods without checking out iLounge (http://www.ilounge.com) for reviews. The ones (http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ipod/review/logitech-mm50-portable-speakers-for-ipod-ipod/) your looking at have a high rating.

11-07-2006, 03:56 PM
Yes, make sure you try them first.

A lot of those things sound like those shoe string telephones you made as a kid.

Another thing to consider is that if you buy one that is made specifically for an iPod, you can't use it for any other purpose. Not only that, but apple changes the design of the iPods every year and who knows when the new models will no longer be compatible.

If you buy a nice set of computer speakers, for example, they can be used for your iPod, Computer, or whatever you want. They will be compatible with any analog audio source you might ever encounter. Your old tape deck, CD player, DVD player, Network audio device, anything.

Check these out, they are incredible, will fill a whole room with music.
Bose MediaMate (http://www.amazon.com/Bose-MediaMate-multimedia-speakers-graphite/dp/B00008VGRC/sr=1-1/qid=1162929083/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-7444932-0988143?ie=UTF8&s=electronics)

They were discontinued by Bose a year ago or so, but you can still get them through Amazon and the price is incredible. I paid $120.00 for my first pair. I liked them so much I bought another pair for $100.00. Now amazon has them for $60. I guarantee these things blow away any iPod docky thing.

11-07-2006, 09:16 PM
I've tried everything when it comes to speakers for my iPod. I finally gave up and bought the bose speaker docking unit, and it was worth every cent I didnt have for them! I know their expensive, but I spent more then that over time with the crappy speakers that never worked/broke/sounded yucky. But since they arent for you, I would also suggest some good computer speakers. You can find some nice ones for $100 or so. If they were for personal use, I would tell you to def. go for it and get the Bose. They come with interchangable docking pieces so you can use both new and old model iPods. I am the iPod queen!!! :mrgreen: I would die without it.