Newer high-end iPod docks aren’t cheap, but do allow you to get serious about sound without sacrificing convenience.
Acoustic Research blackVault AR4131
Arcam rDock
B&W Zeppelin
TL Audio Fatman iTube
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Krell iPod Dock
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Roth Audio Music Cocoon
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TL Audio Fatman iTube

Just in case you aren’t sure if you’re iPod dock is doing anything cool to make your digital music sound better, the Fatman iTube lets it all hang out in the open. It looks all old-school, but the tubes atop this unit aren’t just for show; this valve amp is what makes the magic, vastly improving upon even the collection of one-hit wonders junking up your iPod. This Fatman, however, does not sing alone; there are six models of Fatmen in this phat family. The great thing about the iTube is that it doesn’t play favorites with the iPod—it loves all of them equally (well, except the shuffle). The flagship model (shown) also offers a 20Hz-20KHz (±1.5Db) frequency response and a 2 x 13W-power output. In case that’s not enough to show they mean business, each unit also comes with a full-function 27-key remote control.

Price: $649

More info: http://www.fat-man.co.uk

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