Best iPod Speakers: We pick four

Bose SoundDock 10 CNET rating: 3.5 stars out
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Bose SoundDock 10

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: Really good sound from a compact, single-speaker; classy, minimalist styling; plays loud without distorting, and fills a large room; simple to operate; interchangeable dock system; composite video output/line input; GSM shielded for iPhones.

The bad: Expensive; optional Bluetooth dock accessory works well but is $150 extra; no radio; you can't charge your iPod/iPhone when using the Bluetooth accessory; video-out limited to low-res composite connection.

The cost: $599.00 - $599.95

The bottom line: While it's expensive and isn't loaded with features, the Bose SoundDock 10 is classy looking and sounds excellent for a compact iPod/iPhone speaker.

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While a $10 patch cable can connect any music player to a home stereo or a boombox, many iPod owners prefer the convenience and style of a dedicated iPod speaker system. Most of them are pretty straightforward: plug the iPod in to the 30-pin dock connector and press play.

But among the dozens upon dozens of models Cnet reviewed, a select handful have distinguished themselves with a combination of superior design, performance, and value. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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