Sign up
willy
Hi all,

Today I'm going to buy an iPod dock, price limit $500ish.

Who has recommendations? I've had a Bose one in the past but it failed early...

I was looking at the Zeppelin, but that's been around for ages and I thought there might be a newer one that performs better.
Fork
What are you going to be using it for?

What features are a must have?

I've moved away from docks to bluetooth speakers, and have a Bose Soundlink Mini which I love to bits.
Clownshoes
Get a bluetooth speaker, it's agnostic about what phone you use.

I have a Big Jambox but the best one right now is probably the Logitech UE for the price.

Make sure it's water resistant so you can bring it in the shower.
Hunterbob
I've been looking at the wireless option as I've always hated having to dock my phone.

Sonos have a small system, which uses your home wireless and can stream all sorts, controlled via your phone.

Bose, Samsung and someone else have the same kind of wireless system, but as for a Bluetooth system, I'd probably go in Fork's direction as Bose are one of my most trusted brands in terms of quality.
Fork
Hunterbob wrote:
Sonos have a small system, which uses your home wireless and can stream all sorts, controlled via your phone.

Another great possibility, can't believe I didn't think of it.

I have 4x Sonos speakers throughout my house and love them so much, they get daily use.

Note that it isn't portable as it needs to plug into power, but it's scalable/expandable.. and may make you poor as you always want more!

You can have speakers all over your house playing the same music (in perfect sync) or different music, set timers so the radio/spotify comes on in the morning or when you get home from work etc, It's fucking brilliant.
hekate
We bought a Denon Cocoon for Aedan's room. It's a dock but also plays via airplay. We had a Zeppelin briefly but took it back as the Airplay was really weak and kept dropping out. Since it currently sits under the cot, we're not using it as a dock at the moment.
Both have really nice sound. Bain did all the research so he can probably comment in more detail.
Once I upgrade my phone, my current 4S will become Aedan's iPod and we will just leave it docked.
willy
I was sort of hoping whatever device I bought could support either I phones or an android device via wireless..

Basically after something that is decent and has nofrrb features that I don't yet know I need/want.
Fork
Most will connect via bluetooth, and should support anything.

I believe AirPlay is Apple specific, but I'm sure Android have a workaround for it.

For Sonos you connect to your WiFi network then use the Sonos app (available on both) to play music that's on the device, online radio stations, or the hooked-up Spotify account.
Fork
willy wrote:
Hmm, looks like Sonos play1 and a bridge will work well...

With the new app/firmware, you shouldn't even need a bridge now. Though it might help a lot depending on the layout of your house and interference etc.

I've got a Play 1 in the bedroom and another in the office - sounds great and can easily fill the rooms. Perfect for getting pumped up while getting ready, or rainforest noises at night time. Two Play1s can also be paired so they play stereo, if you find you need a bigger sound or something. These ones are also water resistant so they can be set up in bathrooms etc.

Got a Play 3 in the kitchen, this gets a big workout when doing anything from eating breaky (kitchen+office automatically turn the radio on when I get up) to cooking dinner.

And a Sonos Connect in the lounge, it outputs to my home theater receiver so it can play through the big 5.1 system in there. This also has a line-in, so you can plug anything into it with a normal audio jack - from a friends iPhone, a portable radio on Aussie day (fuck streams) or the TV itself on grand final day. Then you set up a zone to play from the line-in and you can have the game playing on every speaker throughout your house simultaneously.

I should mention that there is a slight delay between the input and the output of the speakers (travel time, sync logic etc) so it wouldn't be great to plug into a PC to play games or watch a full movie on, but I didn't even notice during the footy matches.

Sonos is great because one speaker works, but just gets better and better as you add more. There's some competition on the market now with similar products, but Sonos is still alive since they've been doing it the longest, have amazing build quality and apparently great service. Hopefully the competition brings their prices down a bit though, as they're a bit pricey.
hekate
Fork wrote:
Most will connect via bluetooth, and should support anything.

I believe AirPlay is Apple specific, but I'm sure Android have a workaround for it.

For Sonos you connect to your WiFi network then use the Sonos app (available on both) to play music that's on the device, online radio stations, or the hooked-up Spotify account.


The Denon has an app. We can play music from our NAS
willy
Thanks for the help guys. Bought a sonos 1. Stay tuned for inevitable dramas as I try set it up to pair with both Mac and PC.
Fork
Plug speaker into power.

Open app on phone, pc or mac then hit "Add device".

Follow prompts, push a couple of buttons.

Then you're off!

Should be that easy :)
Bain
willy wrote:
So, sonos is amazing.

Verdict: if you aren't sonos'ing, you're doing it wrong.

Sound quality of sonos 1 is lacking. It's the only reason we didn't get one.

The other sonos speakers are pretty grat, but expensive for what they are.
Post Reply