There are several types of iPod speakers made by many different manufacturers to fit a variety of needs. Many iPod speakers have docks so an iPod can be connected directly to the speakers without a cable, but some speakers connect to the iPod through a 3.5 millimeter audio jack cable. The different types of iPod speakers include mini speakers, iPod docks, high-end speaker systems and wireless speakers. Some common iPod speaker manufacturers include iHome, Altec Lansing, Sony, JBL and Bose.
iPod mini speakers typically connect to the iPod using a cable inserted into a 3.5 millimeter audio jack. These speakers often use rechargeable battery power. Although they are marketed specifically for use with iPods, mini speakers that use an audio cable to connect to the iPod can be used with any device that has a 3.5 millimeter audio jack. The benefits of mini speakers are that they’re portable and designed to produce high-quality audio that sounds as though it’s coming from large speakers without taking up much space.
Docks are some of the most popular iPod speakers. They enable direct insertion of the iPod into a docking station and often have the capability of charging the iPod while it’s inserted. Most docks use alternating current (AC) power, but some portable docks have the additional capability of running on battery power. Some iPod docks feature alarm clock capabilities. iPod dock speakers can be particularly useful because many of them include a remote control that can be used to adjust volume, choose songs and skip forward or backward through a playlist. The main drawback to dock speakers is that some are only compatible with certain iPod models, and even those that are universally compatible typically require a special adapter for each type of iPod.
Some manufacturers offer high-end speaker systems specifically made for use with iPods. These usually function in the same way as docks, with an iPod docking station and a remote control, but they have better sound capabilities and greater equalizer control. Some feature high-quality wood encasing for better sound quality. Most regular high-end speaker and home theater systems include a 3.5 millimeter audio jack that can be used to connect an iPod.
Wireless iPod speakers connect to the iPod using wireless Bluetooth technology and can usually run on either AC or battery power. These types of speakers can work with an iPhone that has built-in Bluetooth or with a regular iPod that’s connected to a Bluetooth transmitter. Some wireless iPod speakers also have an audio jack for a wired iPod connection.