Altec Lansing IMT320
Budget iPod speakers
If you want to spend less than $100, reviews point to the Altec Lansing inMotion Compact iMT320 as your best option. These 9.5-inch-wide speakers provide up to 24 hours of playback on four AA batteries, and the iMT320 is small enough to throw into a suitcase for a weekend getaway. Overall, experts are impressed with the inMotion Compact's sound quality, especially given its small size. The audio is loud and powerful, and the speakers resist distortion even at very high volumes. Reviewers also like the integrated travel case, which folds over to double as a stand. On the downside, the inMotion Compact always resets to a mid-level volume when you turn it on, no matter what its previous volume setting. Its controls are also very basic, so you'll need to use the iPod's menu to pause or skip songs. You also miss out on some of the features common to higher-priced speaker docks, such as a remote control and wireless streaming.