They may be few, but there isn’t exactly a shortage of acoustic speakers for iDevices. There is a quality in these passive amplifiers that always makes them appealing. The latest we hear of comes from Japanese manufacturer Pleiades and is called the Trumstand.
Here’s a rule of thumb, you stay the fuck away from anything that would make the crazies think a second time. We tend to believe a 700 pound iPhone dock falls under that very category. We’d like to think that this was some grand photoshop, but the iNukeBoom happens to be very much real and it is expected that Behringer will show off the giant dock at CES next year.
If you can manage not hitting a pig when you see one, these Angry Birds pig speakers might find some place and love. The helmet pig is a speaker and a dock, and a great way to get back on those pigs, if you can afford to beat something worth ~$110 to pulp.
Times have changed, but there still is some allure in the look and feel of the gadgets from the time gone by. Nothing says contrast as loud as a modern iPhone meeting the old retro phone. But don’t be fooled by the looks of that old receiver, for it still works and would fit in nice and cozy with your iPhone while its solid hardwood case works as a dock.
Wisdom never goes amiss, especially if it has enough juice to charge gadgets. Etsy shop inbooks has these impressive charging docks for the iPhone and iPod. Bound and shaped like some of the best known classics, the charging docks are nearly inconspicuous.
Sleek phones rule the world, but it never hurts to go back in time and pick up those huge brick phones once in a while. Well, they aren’t any good for function, but their form could be made use of. Much like the desk phone dock for the iPhone, the Zack Morris Speaker Case transforms the phone into an old fashioned brick phone, adds a charger, speakers, FM Radio and for good measure, even a backlit LCD. See the Windows Vista screen on the phone rendering? That’s an attempt at humor.
Jackpot Slots is more than just a dock for the iPhone/iPod Touch, this dock takes the gadget into an entirely another existence, making it a slot machine. Now that may be a good or a bad thing depending on how you feel about the entire gambling with a dock thing. The dock itself costs $40, while the accompanying app can is available for free at the app store.
Creating something like the fusion of time, the iRetrofone dock lets you combine your modern iPhone 4 with the retro deskphone plus the Victorian Steampunk look. Time travel just got easier. The iRetrofone base has been hand-sculpted by artist Scott Freeland, and is a fully-functional good looking dock that sells for $450. Well, not as good-looking as the Desk Phone dock though.
Docking the iPhone on a desk phone could possibly help reduce clutter. We though, like the minimalist design of the dock better.
The form of the iVictrola iPhone/iPod dock is a clear give away of its intention of making us pay for our love of old-school newbies. It has “Solid walnut base is hand-carved from high-end furniture production remnants” and an all metal Vintage Magnavox horn that provides acoustic amplification without the use of any wires or electricity. Costs $400, though it seems the item isn’t in stock anymore.