The humble Hi-Fi has seen something of a transformation in recent years. Once a centrepiece of the family living room, the growth in digital music, multimedia entertainment hubs and home cinema has meant that the Hi-Fi system, in many homes, often sits there, gathering dust.
The idea of stacking units of separates, having big amplifiers and tall speakers is very much a thing of the past, with sleek, minimalist design and integration of devices now very much the trend.
But the Hi-Fi isn’t completely dead and, with the popularity of MP3 players and smartphones, such as the iPod and iPhone, the Hi-Fi system is enjoying something of a renaissance.
So we have been looking at ways in which we can fill our living rooms (or indeed, any room) with sound from our iPods and, we think, we’ve come up with three great little sound systems.
We’ll start with this 40-watt Desktop Micro Hi Fi System, which wouldn’t look out of place in any modern room.
As well as providing MP3 CD, CD-R/-RW CD-DA playback, there’s a USB slot for your iPod or other MP3 player, with a specific slot designed to hold your iPod in place.
The motorised power sliding door neatly conceals the CD player and even if your MP3 player doesn’t have a USB cable, you can still play your music through the 3.5 mm audio in jack. You can also use the player as a radio alarm clock, with 30 FM pre-sets.
If you want something with a little bit more oomph, but can still save you some space and look fantastic, then this Lenco i-Pod Docking Tower could be what you are looking for.
This stylish tower of power charges up your iPod or iPhone while giving you high-quality sound reproduction of all your MP3s.
With its black and silver styling, with a curved base, the Lenco LENCOTW-B i-Pod Docking Tower makes a great feature in any modern living space, while taking up minimal space and still projecting your music into the room – perfect for smaller living rooms or a bedroom.
The built-in subwoofter delivers deep and dramatic sound, while the LED display gives you easy viewing of all your settings. If you’ve had enough of your MP3s, there’s also an FM radio, auxiliary input and SD card reader to keep you occupied.
Finally, we’re going portable for our iPod sound systems with the HMDX iPod Speaker Dock.
This speaker dock plugs into the mains and kicks out a strong sound for something so compact, giving off a full range, premium stereo sound. The docking will fit all iPod models and you can charge your iPod whilst it plays. As with the other players, you also have an audio line-in so that you can use other music players.
So if you have considered updating your old HiFi system, consider one of these great iPod speaker systems to make the most of your digital music.