The Dock is Not Dead: iLuv’s New Lightning-Equipped Aud 5

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One word cropped up over and over at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, and it wasn’t “speakerdock” (yes, that may be two words; but I’m merging them here because that’s what I’m doing). In fact, the word was “Bluetooth” — a word discordant with the very idea of a dock-equipped speaker.

And yet, amid the tsunami of Bluetooth-equipped speakers at CES, there were holdouts — adherers to the Old Way of doing things, of physically connecting a device to its speaker.

One such holdout is the Aud 5, iLuv’s first speaker dock to harbor a Lightning connector.

The dock’s key highlights are a swiveling Lightning connector, touch-sensitive controls and a 3.5mm input. Streaming Bluetooth docks are wonderful, but my guess is there’s still plenty of room for speakers that give devices a place to sit and charge.

The iLuv Aud 5 hits store shelves today at $150.

  • Adrayven

    I just want a dock, no speakers.. something to sit my phone in on my night stand. That flopping cable is annoying. Wish apple still made the basic dock…

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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