iPad Docks: The Group Test

Give your iPad the audio oomph it deserves..

Image 1 of 5 iLuv iMM747
iLuv iMM747
Image 2 of 5 iHome ia100
iHome ia100
Image 3 of 5 Altec Lansing OCTIV 450
Altec Lansing OCTIV 450
Image 4 of 5 Bang Olufsen BeoSound 8
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8
Image 5 of 5 Philips Fidelio DS8550
Philips Fidelio DS8550

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iPod/iPhone docks are ten a penny, but compatible docks for the iPad and soon to be iPad 2 are a newer, rarer and generally slightly larger breed. These, the first five sound systems to cater for Apple’s tablet aren’t just about audio. They also showcase the superb interface and screen, and many come with a remote control and, in some cases, Bluetooth.

Best: Pricier option
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8
£895
Love: Distinctive look. Excellent sound quality
Hate: No Bluetooth or AirPlay. Lunatic price
B&O BeoSound 8 review I Read extended review I Link: Bang & Olufsen

Best: VFM
iLuv iMM747
£89
Love: Coherent sound at modest volume. VFM
Hate: Odd, plastic design. Quiet and bass-light
iLuv iMM747 review I Read extended review I Link: iLuv

Best: Overall
Philips Fidelio DS8550
£ 250
Love: Rechargeable battery for portability. Bluetooth connectivity
Hate: Overly heavy bass can require taming
Philips Fidelio DS8550 review I Read extended review I Link: Philips

Best: For video
Altec Lansing OCTIV 450
£130
Love: Clear sound enhanced for video
Hate: Narrow stereo sound and limited bass. Functional design. Few features. No Bluetooth
Altec Lansing OCTIV 450 review I Link: Altec Lansing

Best: Alarm dock
iHome ia100
£180
Love: handy iPad app. Useful as an alarm clock. Bright digital display
Hate: Compressed, tinny and unfocused sound
iHome ia100 review I Link: iHome