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Satechi SP1-Curve iPod Touch Alarm Clock

Satechi SP1-Curve iPod Touch Alarm Clock

Posted on 07. Sep, 2009 by .

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The Satechi SP1-Curve is an attractively designed and priced clock radio for Apple’s iPod Touch. Although Satechi is not a well-known name, they produce a number of quality iPod speaker systems.

This unit features a pair of 2.75″ drivers, which are almost universally applauded for their ability to output higher quality sound than you would expect from a small system.

Satechi has designed the SP1-Curve to function as an alarm clock for the iPod Touch, featuring a blue LED backlight with dimmer, and the ability to wake to sound from an iPod or radio. There is also an included, compact remote control, which can control both the system and your iPod or iPhone.

The biggest downside to the SP-1 is a lack of comprehensive shielding from cell-phone signals. If your iPhone is not able to stay in 3G mode, then it will need to be placed into airplane mode (not allowing you to receive calls) to avoid interference.

For more information and pricing, check out the Satechi SP1 Curve at Amazon.

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Audioengine A2B Speaker System

Audioengine A2B Speaker System

Posted on 10. Aug, 2009 by .

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Audioengine’s A2B speaker system is garnering stellar reviews from across the Internet. There’s a pretty strong consensus that this pair of small, powered speakers, are among the best to be had for iPods, iPhones, and computers.

Audioengine is not well known among non-audio enthusiasts, but they are making a name for themselves, primarily by producing powered speakers with excellent sound. Although these look like normal speakers you would hook up to the receiver, being powered means that the speakers include a self-contained power amplifier – plug in you iPod or computer and you are good to go. These speakers are include both a headphone (1/8 inch) jack input and RCA inputs, allowing them to work with nearly any audio device.

Although the Audioengine 2 speakers are small, and include only 15 watts per channel, they put out stellar sound. For a smaller room, they produce plenty of sound and strong, crisp bass. If you are looking for audiophile style sound in a $200 package designed for use with computers and MP3 players – you’ve found the answer.

Check them out at Amazon or eBay.

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Sony ICFCD3iP CD Clock Radio

Sony ICFCD3iP CD Clock Radio

Posted on 29. Jul, 2009 by .

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Sony’s ICFCD3iP CD clock radio is an iPod compatible clock radio with a striking design.

The clock itself is round, the shape of the CD’s which it opens up to accomodate. Everything, including the display is silver or black, and there is a slide-out dock for connecting your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The iPod dock in Sony’s clock radio is full-featured, capable of both charging and controlling an iPod or iPhone. This allows you use the unit’s included remote to both control the Sony’s volume and choose songs on your iPod. As with most similar units, there is a line in for connecting other audio devices.

When morning comes, the ICFCD3iPSIL has an included alarm, which can wake you to an iPod, iPhone, CD, buzzer, or the unit’s AM/FM radio. A dual alarm is included. The system is also able to utilize automatic time set and automatic daylight savings time to make sure you are always woken at the proper hour.

If you’re looking for a stylish addition to your bedroom, this Sony alarm clock is a great choice – check it out at Amazon. An please, rate it below!

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Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 Compact Speakers

Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 Compact Speakers

Posted on 24. Jul, 2009 by .

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Logitech’s Pure-Fi 2 “Anywhere” are ultraportable speakers for the iPod Touch.

The Pure-Fi, although small, is an iPod speaker system with excellent sound. There are 4 speakers arrayed across the front of the unit, encompassing 2 two inch tweeters and 2 three inch mid/low range speakers. Logitech advertises the speakers as utilizing “Stereo XL” technology – which is a digital method for making the soundstage seem larger. It can’t compete with speakers on opposite corners of the room, but does an excellent job of helping a tiny speaker system sound large.

As a system made especially for the iPod line, it’s not surprising the Logitech Anywhere 2 includes a built-in dock for your iPod Touch. This is a full fledged dock, allowing you to charge and control your iPod through the portable speaker system (you can even control your iPod with the Pure-Fi’s remote control). Of course, you can always hook up a different audio device through the 3.5 mm input jack.

Making the Pure-Fi 2 a really compelling product is the way it combined all its features with a focus on portability. The system is compact, and includes an attractive, protective travel case. For music on the go, Logitech included a built-in lithium ion battery, providing up to 10 hours of battery powered sound. Although the Pure-Fi runs a somewhat steep ~$115, you have to keep in mind the amount of money you might be saving on batteries.

For the best prices, we recommend purchasing Logitech’s Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 at Amazon or eBay.

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Satechi SP2-Box iPod Touch Alarm Clock

Satechi SP2-Box iPod Touch Alarm Clock

Posted on 20. Jul, 2009 by .

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The Satech SP2-Box is a nicely styled alarm clock radio with a built in dock for the iPod Touch. If you haven’t heard of Satechi, they’re also the company behind the very popular Satechi Round iPod Touch Speaker.

As an alarm clock made to work with the iPod, the SP2-Box fulfills a definite need (although there are other iPod alarm clocks). Your iPod plugs into the unit’s top and charges via the dock. An easy to set alarm clock can be programmed so you wake up to music from your iPod. It’s also possible to wake up to an alarm or the radio.

Some of the other features of the Satechi Box include an LCD backlit screen, 2″ speakers, and a remote control that is capable of controlling both the clock radio and your iPod Touch. The system features good sound for a small clock radio, and is also compatible with other audio devices via a 3.5mm input jack.

Although fully compatible with iPod Nanos, iPod Touches, and the iPod Classic, the Satechi runs into some hiccups when working with an iPhone or iPhone 3G. The SP2-Box will function and play music from your device, but the iPhone gives an error message. Additionally, if it drops into Edge mode, the Box will experience interference (it is not fully shielded from cell phone signals). This can be avoided by putting your iPhone into airplane mode.

The Satechi is competitively priced at ~$60.

We suggest you look at the SP2-Box’s page at Amazon for more information or to purchase.

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Altec Lansing T612 For iPod and iPhone

Altec Lansing T612 For iPod and iPhone

Posted on 16. Jul, 2009 by .

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With the iPhone’s growing popularity, more speaker systems are being made that are specifically compatible with the device. Luckily for iPod Touch owners – almost all these systems are compatible with the Touch as well.

Altec Lansing’s T612 is a reasonably priced iPod speaker system with great sound. It has a pair of 3 inch spaeakers, a pair of 1 inch tweeters, and 60 watts RMS power. As the numerous reviews on Amazon attest, this is one good sounding system.

The T612 includes most of the convenience features you might find in an iPod system. It is a fully fledged dock, able to charge your iPod or iPhone as you’re listening to music. The system also includes a 3.5mm headphone in jack for listening to other devices, and a small remote control.

If you are using Altec Lansing’s T612 for an iPhone, it has one more convenient feature – the system is shielded so you don’t need to worry about interference from cell phone signals! You don’t have to put your phone in airplane mode. It can stay on, receive calls, and the system automatically reduces the volume so you can talk.

If you’re looking to purchase a T612, check out its page on Amazon.

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iHome Pivoting Alarm Clock

iHome Pivoting Alarm Clock

Posted on 09. Mar, 2009 by .

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The iHome pivoting iPod Touch clock is one of the most unique clock radios compatible with Apple’s iPod.

Pop your iPod into the dock, and you can listen to music and watch movies on your clock. The thing that makes this really unique is that you can turn the clock on its side – and watch your videos in the iPod’s horizontal position!

iHome iPod dock in its horizontal position

iHome iPod dock in its horizontal position

This is a feature you can’t find on many iPod docks – and as you can see in the picture, it makes for a pretty cool looking iTouch clock radio.

The iHome includes most of your regular alarm clock features as well, and a mini-remote control. It is compact, and competitively priced. We found the clock at Amazon.

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JBL Radial iPod Speaker

JBL Radial iPod Speaker

Posted on 21. Jan, 2009 by .

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JBL, which produces a wide variety of speakers for Apple’s iPod, has come up with a stunning design in their radial iPod speaker. This is one of JBL’s most high-end iPod speakers, delivering high performance sound from a stylish package.

The JBL Radial speaker features a standard iPod dock adapter, allowing you to access and control the full library of your iPod Touch from the device. Utilizing the included USB 2.0 cable, the Radial can be connected to your computer to provide synching abilities for your iPod. As is common with these speakers, the Radial will also charge your iPod when it is plugged in.

Also included in the JBL Radial are several other useful features. It includes an RF remote control, allowing you to control the system and you iPod when you are out of view (even in another room or outside). There is an auxiliary audio input jack to allow the connection of other devices – you can even use the Radial as a high quality speaker for your computer!

JBL has outdone itself with its highly rated Radial loudspeaker. Many users consider this to be the best sounding compact iPod speaker system available.

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Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 iPod Touch Speaker

Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 iPod Touch Speaker

Posted on 07. Jan, 2009 by .

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Altec Lansing has produced a variety of iPod speakers for its inMotion line, and the iM600 is one of the latest and greatest.

The inMotion iM600 is a good-looking speaker, matching the iPod Touch with its thin and flat design. It is a portable design, with the stand folding up to make a compact travel companion. Additionally, the iM600 contains a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can provide up to 7 hours of play. No AA or AAA’s to worry about carrying around with you!

This inMotion speaker has a number of other useful features. It includes a small remote, which can control both the speaker set and your iPod. The iPod plugs into its dock, which will charge your device, and can also be operated via the sleep and alarm clock features on your iPod. Finally, the inMotion includes an FM tuner and auxiliary input jack – great for when you need to listen to something other than your MP3′s.

Altec Lansing’s iM600 also includes a unique feature to bolster the sound quality. It includes ESS (Expanded Sound Stage) technology, to help make the speakers seem farther apart than they really are, helping reduce one of the downsides of small speaker packages.

The inMotion iM600 is a great device for anyone looking at a portable iPod speaker system, particularly if you are interested in an internal, rechargeable battery.

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JBL On Stage Micro iPod Speaker Dock

JBL On Stage Micro iPod Speaker Dock

Posted on 06. Jan, 2009 by .

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The JBL On Stage Micro is one of the more popular speaker systems compatible with the iPod Touch.

There are several unique features which draw people to the On Stage Micro. First off, it is a true iPod dock that also functions as a speaker system. Your iPod plugs into the top of the dock, and can be charged through this connection. Additionally, there is a USB pass-through, allowing the iPod to be connected to your computer while still attached to the speakers.

Secondly, JBL’s On Stage Micro is an excellent travel companion, able to be powered by 4 AAA batteries. These four batteries can power the dock for up to 24 hours! When they are running low, the dock flashes its amber warning light before shutting off.

The On Stage Micro also includes a miniature IR remote, which can be used to control all the functions of both the JBL speaker system and of your Apple iPod.

One final bonus: the JBL On Stage Micro is available in black, silver, green, red, and blue!

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