10-07-2008 10:18 AM - edited 10-07-2008 10:19 AM
When I think of a shelf system, what I really want is something stylish that will fit with my home decor. In looking into what’s currently available, I found a range of products that vary in appearance from functional to futuristic and in price from very affordable to quite high end.
The products I researched had the key component that you requested: an iPod dock – almost a necessity in our portable-music world. I found at least 20 different units on BestBuy.com with name brands like Denon and Polk Audio on the high end, Klipsch and Sony in the midrange, and extremely affordable units by JVC, Philips and Insignia. They all have the functionality to play CDs of most kinds (CD, CD-R, CD-RW, etc), and mp3 and WMA formatted music; some have a radio tuner built in too. In appearance they vary from efficient (although somewhat boxy) boom-box systems to rounded modern designs that would look nice in any home – and not necessarily tucked away on a shelf!
My recommendation would be to select a brand that you know and with which you are comfortable. A number of these units are on display at your local Best Buy® and the home audio specialists there would happily demonstrate them and assist you in selecting just the right product for your home or office.
Thanks for writing!