Soundfreaq Sound Platform ($180)
Currently, the Sound Platform by Soundfreaq is the top rated iPad speaker dock. It features Bluetooth connectivity, meaning any mobile device that supports Bluetooth can be used with this dock.
The Sound Platform got good reviews from CNET, iLounge, Pocket Lint and MacLife. CNET gives it a overall rating of “Very Good”, saying:
You’ll have a hard time finding a more stylish and feature-packed speaker choice in this price range. The inclusion of Bluetooth support makes it an attractive buy for iPad and smartphone owners.
Amazon reviewers also liked the Sound Platform, it received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, from over 100 reviewers.
Philips Fidelio DS8550 ($225)
Top Review Sources:
- Cult of Mac: 4.5 out of 5 stars; “A fantastic sounding, performance-oriented dock”
- Tech Radar: Best of 5 docks reviewed
- Amazon: Average 3.7 out of 5 stars, based on 31 reviews
The Philips Fidelio DS8550 came out on top of Tech Radar’s test of five iPad speaker docks. The reviewers were impressed by its robust sound and Bluetooth capability.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 ($999)
- Unmatched, superior sound quality- adapts sound depending on room size
- Aesthetically pleasing compact design
- Syncs, charges, and plays iPad as well as iPods and iPhones
- User friendly set-up and remote; Beosound app for clock and internet radio
Top Review Sources:
- CNET: 8.3 out of 10; “Crisp, clean sound”
- Trusted Reviews: Overall 8 out of 10: Highest marks on performance and design, a 7 for value
- Amazon: 4 out of 5 stars, based on 7 customer reviews
The BeoSound 8 is the first iPod dock entry for Bang & Olufsen, a name synonymous with stellar sound and creating works of art in speaker systems. Designed to be enjoyed in any room, the BeoSound 8 comes in black or white or you can get fabric speaker covers that come in blue, green, purple, and yellow. It can also be hung on the wall.