Are you a gadget-loving audiophile?

If so, I need your advice. I want to get a Bose Sounddock or similar for my iPod (2nd generation mini). With stuff like this I am never really sure what a good choice is — I feel like the fact that I don’t read music and don’t play any instruments works against me in attempting to evaluate sound quality beyond “I dunno, that seems fine.” (For that fact, it also hinders me in trying to explain why I like some bands and not others.) Anyway, in the next few weeks I’ll probably be trying to find reviews online and read up on these things, and then go somewhere and listen to a few different brands. But if you have any experience with these, or any thoughts or recommendations, I’d love to hear ’em.

4 thoughts on “Are you a gadget-loving audiophile?

  1. Can you get away with just wearing headphones? A good over-the-ear pair can give you *excellent* sound for around $50. That’s what I use at work and I’ve been happy with the setup for 7 years.

    If you can get to an Apple store, they have a ton of floor models you can play with.

  2. I have a great set of headphones that I use when I’m out and about, but when I’m at home, I find that I either listen to NPR all the time (only a problelm when you realize it’s the third time through the BBC news loop) or to whatever CD happens to be in my CD player for a week or so. This would help me switch it up and actually listen to more of my music.

    The Apple store is dangerous though . . . must . . . not . . . enter . . .

  3. What do you listen to NPR on? A standalone radio, or a full-fledged stereo? If you’re happy with the sound quality of what you already have, and it has an AUX input, you can just get an Apple iPod Universal Dock to add an iPod cradle to your existing setup. It adds remote control, too!

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