1. Sony ZSS3IP Lightning iPhone/iPod CD Radio Boombox Speaker Dock
It doesn’t get more reliable than Sony, and this particular model boasts rich bass tones. It also supports AM/FM tuning and even has a CD player. It may be a little bulky for some people, but this is a boom box dock that will appeal to anyone who still hasn’t gotten around to transferring their old high school mix CDs into a digital format.
Reliable brand name
Includes CD and radio functionality
Overly large size
Not compatible with Lightning iOS devices
Older model that’s a little hard to track down
We’ve seen it as low as: $17.81 for a refurbished model
Compatible with: iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 4th Generation, iPod Touch 3rd Generation, iPod Touch 2nd Generation, iPod Nano 6th Generation, iPod Nano, 5th Generation, iPod Nano 4th Generation, iPod Nano 3rd Generation, and iPod Classic. Includes Adapter for Lightning series iPhone, iPads, iPods.
Most useful rave review: “Overall, a good all-round unit, but remember to keep in mind this is no high end boom blasting sound machine.”
Most useful negative review: “When the cd is playing, it makes a hissing sound, and the music sounds all muffled.”
Verdict: As the cheapest model on our list, you’d expect this to have some detractors. While it may not be the most powerful sound you can get, this is a great model for a bargain hunter who just needs to fill a small room or cube with mellow sound.