Newer high-end iPod docks aren’t cheap, but do allow you to get serious about sound without sacrificing convenience.
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Arcam rDock
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Roth Audio Music Cocoon
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Roth Audio Music Cocoon

If Wilford Brimley and company had been flocking towards this “Cocoon,” well… that movie would have made more sense to us. Roth’s Music Cocoon MC4 enhances audio quality—using old timey technology. Instead of ripping at higher sample rates, this amp/iPod dock combo uses good old audiophile-friendly vacuum tubes to deliver what it says is a warm, deep sound that gives richness to compressed music files. Need more uncompressed goodness? Hook it up to a CD player via the auxiliary output. Other features include 13 watts per each of its two channels, a frequency response of 20Hz-30KHz, volume control, iPod charging, overheating protection, speaker short circuit protection and fuse protection in the adapter.

Price: $649

More info: http://www.rothaudio.co.uk

Read more: The Deal with High-End iPod Docks