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Old 02-08-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Pacific Beach in San Diego, California
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I'll admit that I'm not up to speed with hardware components designed for listening to music. Actually I'm way behind! I didn't know what a docking station was until today.

I heard someone say this this:
"If I were single... ipod witha BOSE dock all the way for your house or apartment! No questions asked. Not as good as a full system but its something women love!"

Question: do you really need a Bose or Altec Lansing docking station if you already have a quality 5.1 speaker system hooked up to your computer? For example, I have the Logitech Z5500's. I've never owned an MP3 player, that's how inexperienced I am with this subject. Thanks in advance.

my z5500's: Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 505-Watt 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System

docking station:
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Bose SoundDock digital music system for iPod (Black)
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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No, you don't really need a docking station with that setup for your computer. The idea behind having a docking station is that it is a standalone device that doesn't rely on the computer for playing sound files, but it requires having an MP3 player. Without an MP3 player, the docking station is basically useless.

If you have a music collection (ripped from CDs or purchased on I-Tunes, for example) already stored on your computer, and that's where you listen to it, you should just continue to use the computer for playing your music. If you want to make your music portable to take with you when you aren't home, then the MP3 player would be recommended. If you have the MP3 player, and would like to listen to it in a different room than your computer, then you might want to consider the docking station.

That's my 2 cents. Personally, I store my music on a dedicated server in my home, and listen to it over my network when I choose to do so. Since I have computers in the rooms I listen to music in, I don't need another device like a docking station. I use my cell phone as my MP3 player, since it accepts microSD cards, and will play MP3s from them. When I'm in my car, I use a Bluetooth handsfree device that includes an FM transmitter to play my MP3s through the car audio system.
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Pacific Beach in San Diego, California
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Default Maybe stay away from the Bose unit

Update for those who live in an apartment, have space issues, or are interested in docking stations:

According to a PC Magazine article I just discovered, the Logitech Pure-Fi Elite docking station blows the Bose docking station away. And, the Bose docking station is an inferior docking station on the whole, according to PC Magazine.

The short article is titled, "This iPod Dock Rocks". It's in the March 2008 issue, page 47. I'll note that they comment on the inability of the Bose unit to provide quality, ear pleasing bass.

The article I'm referring to is not available online. Some quotes from the hard copy edition of PC Mag:

>compared with the Bose SoundDock, the Pure-Fi Elite has deeper bass extension
>it also sounded smoother and more detailed than the SoundDock in the upper midrange
>one gripe: the system did not always power on quickly
>we were also disappointed that the set doesn't have an alarm clock...
>the bottom line is that the looks, punch, and price steal the show here.

The Logitech Pure-Fi Elite turns heads and pumps out top-notch sound quality at an attractive price

Those are the exact quotes as stated in said issue of PC Magazine. Go to your local library to obtain the article. As always, let the buyer beware.

iPod Docks That Rock - Logitech Pure-Fi Elite - At A Glance - Reviews by PC Magazine
Amazon.com: logitech pure-fi elite
iPod Docks That Rock - Logitech Pure-Fi Dream - At A Glance - Reviews by PC Magazine
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