Do you have the newest iPhone 5 or iPad Mini, and wondering what accessories to pair with your device? A few weeks ago, we’ve featured a handful of alternative chargers for your iOS devices. And while those are pretty interesting, speaker docks are more utilitarian and enjoyable addons. The problem, however, with Apple’s newest gadgets, is that the Lightning connector they have been promoting isn’t necessarily a favorite amongst accessory manufacturers. As such, only a handful of quality speaker docks compatible with the new connectivity port are available in the market today. Which one to choose and which one to pass up? We’ve compiled the best we’ve seen so far to help you out. Enjoy!
B&W Z2 (SRP: P18,500)
Bower & Wilkins have been chugging out quality iPhone docks since 2008 with their introduction of the Zeppelin. Since then, they have released the Zeppelin Mini and the Zeppelin Air. Now, they are introducing the Z2 which is already Lightning-ready.
Bose SoundDock Series III (SRP: P10,500)
With an SRP of P10,500, this speaker dock is in the same league as the B&W Z2. However, coming from Bose, you are surely going to enjoy its high-fidelity sound on a compact package. Also comes with a remote control for better usability.
iLuv Aud 5 (SRP: TBA)
Announced during CES2013, the iLuve Aud 5 sports touch-sensitive controls, a fancy alternative to the usual approach of other manufacturers.
JBL OnBeat Micro (SRP: P4,500)
The JBL OnBeat Micro is for those who are looking for a compact speaker dock. Weighing only 360grams, it runs either on AC power or on 4 AAA batteries.
JBL OnBeat Rumble (SRP: P17,000)
Another one from JBL, this one’s a tad expensive with its P17,000 price tag. However, performance can surely be expected with its 11watt full-range drivers and 4.5inch subwoofer. More so, the JBL OnBeat Rumble may be returned to the manufacturer at no extra costs should you feel that it performs poorly than expected.
JBL OnBeat Venue (SRP: P8,500)
For a nice balance of price and performance, JBL is offering this midrange speaker dock: the JBL OnBeat Venue. Priced at P8,500, this one provides up to 30watts of output power in a compact-enough form factor.
Philips Bedroom Docking Speaker (SRP: TBA)
Designed to be placed inside the bedroom, this one comes equipped with an alarm clock. According to Philips, the speaker projects sound in 360degrees, which should be good news if you want music to properly fill your room.
Philips Lifestyle Music System (SRP: TBA)
More expensive than the Bedroom Docking Speaker, this one features a CD player and an FM radio. The Philips Lifestyle Music System also boasts a total of 20watts of output power.
Philips Portable Docking Speaker (SRP: P5,500)
Meant to be carried around, this speaker features a rechargeable battery. A decent alternative to JBL’s OnBeat Micro.
Philips Room to Room Docking Speaker (SRP: P5,500)
Similarly priced to the Philips Portable Docking Speaker, this one offers more power output together with a more balanced frequency response.
Soundfreaq Sound Step (SRP: TBA)
And last but not least is the redesigned Sound Step by Soundfreaq, which the company announced a few months ago and then brought over to CES 2013.