iPod docks play a dual role in providing your player a new "home" and it also acts as a battery charger. The role of iPod docks is to provide a suitable and elegant home base to charge and sync. The correct cables help your iPod connect to your home stereo or home theatre, so that you can watch videos or listed to music through your home system. There are an extensive variety of docks available. Selecting a good iPod dock is an uphill task. If you have recently purchased the iPod, check the size of your iPod dock you intend to purchase because usually the compatible docks are shipped out after approximately three months. An iPod dock connector is a plug which is used to connect an iPod with its dock.
Find the compatibility issue of your iPod docks with your audio and video system. No doubt, audio output/compatibility is not a problem with a majority of iPod docks and speakers. Almost all iPod docks contain RCA analog stereo output support, which help in connecting to any receiver's auxiliary inputs. Coaxial digital output is also being used for audio with high performing docks. Usually there are no issues involved with audio compatibility but most iPod socks last full video capabilities, be sure to review the docks capable support for projecting various video formats. The basic type of dock which contains video capability includes composite video. Many modern docks sustain both composite video along with S-video outputs. So there is a clear cut choice between a good quality video connection and a better picture quality in which many market ready docks are providing. If picture quality is your main concern choose a dock offering extreme-quality video connection. Docks are designed for the use in audio and video systems. They fall in two categories one, which manufacturers make for their own brand and those made by third-party manufacturers. You can tally a manufacturer's dock along with receiver and can manage your player with a receiver's remote. There is term called "universal" which is being used for iPod docks.
These universal docks belong to third party dock manufacturers and can control your iPod with the universal remote. Different docks treat visual displays differently. For example, a few iPod docks exhibit video from the player but don't demonstrate any on-screen menu. They have just basic controls like play, stop, pause and skip. Other docks do display on-screen menu for easier navigation.
Buying tips: iPod Docks
Before buying ensure its compatibility with other iPod models.
Whether it offers superior control of iPod menus through TV displays?
Whether they are bundled with additional features like clock and radio?
Whether it has optional battery power?
Check if it contains line input for connection of non iPods
How it projects sounds in large and small rooms?
Whether it has a limited volume output?
Ensure it delivers up to 25W of power for powerful sound display
Did you know some support playing DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R and CD-RW and Bluray discs.