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Postby Anonymous » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:12 am

Which ones are the best sounding, for the iPhone 5 mainly? Bose look a bit steep!

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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby Exalted Wombat » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:57 am

I recommend the simple cable leading to your existing monitor speakers. Why would anyone active in music recording want to buy an additional compact system for listening to the results?
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby electrotimba » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:59 pm

Bought JBL OnTour few weeks ago. Since it is old stock was only 22 Euros brand new with soft bag, various cables and power supply. Runs long on rechargeable AAs. Had JBL OnStage before but onTour sound as good (for the size), I do not like any of the new JBL models.
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby DGL. » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:23 pm


What about the jarred one then, comes with it's own ladder to reach the dock on top! (you do need it)
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby Big_al » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:11 am

If you have a decent stereo then don't bother with a dock just Airport it. I have my entire iTunes collection streamed from my Mac and controlled wirelessly on my iPhone through a used Airport that is rigged to my stereo I picked up online for 50 quid!
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby G-Doubleyou » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:02 am

Exalted Wombat wrote:I recommend the simple cable leading to your existing monitor speakers. Why would anyone active in music recording want to buy an additional compact system for listening to the results?

Sometimes you WANT to hear it on a smaller CHEEZY system, in mono or listen to the radio.

I have nice Sony in my studio.


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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby Guest » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:37 pm

G-Doubleyou wrote:
Exalted Wombat wrote:I recommend the simple cable leading to your existing monitor speakers. Why would anyone active in music recording want to buy an additional compact system for listening to the results?

Sometimes you WANT to hear it on a smaller CHEEZY system, in mono or listen to the radio.

I have nice Sony in my studio.



Yes that's what I mean. Sometimes I like to just hear talk radio stations too.
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:09 pm

We've got a little Yamaha unit which is fab.
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby sc1460 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:47 am

Music Manic wrote:Which ones are the best sounding, for the iPhone 5 mainly? Bose look a bit steep!

Best sounding? Do you mean just for easy listening?

I've had 3 thus far , all pretty mediocre in comparison to my reference monitors for music production and my hi-fi system for easy listening, but then I'm being anal and the comparison isn't appropriate since the price differential is large.

For iPhone docks my personal opinion is:
At £100 - expect mediocre sound quality but its compact and cheap
At £200 - a little better - I personally wouldnt spend less than this (The Pure units aren't bad)
At £300+ - Ok starting to improve (but I am not a fan of Bose, suggest B&W)

Even my £500 B&W Zeppelin (which sounds good) does not sound AS good as my cheaper priced combination of Pure Audio dock i20, connected to a budget Sony Amp to some budget Wharfdale bookshelf speakers (and my kids can also tell the difference :-)

Simply, IPhone dock manufacturers have put a premium price on those docks and if you want the compactness and all in 1-1 feature than go for it - but you get what you pay for.
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Re: iPhone speaker docks

Postby shufflebeat » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:06 pm

We have:

JBL on tour - sounds great for 25-50ish quid.

Teac iPod dock - sounds better and has DAB and Aux for TV - great for 50-100, a bit Bose-ish

Pure DAB with aux - OK but no coconut -looks flasher than it sounds.

My favourite kitchen audio setup was old tuner into Nad amp into JBL Control 1s - superceded by Pure DAB for political reasons.
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