How Do I Dock Thee? For an iPhone or iPod, Pioneer Counts the Ways


If love means never fighting over who gets to dock their iPod or iPhone in the clock radio at night, then Pioneer makes it easy by providing double docks on certain models. Couples who stay together share equal recharge access with a Pioneer Double Dock: the XW-NAC1-K or XW-NAC3-K (left). Both feature black-and-white finishes, an auxiliary input and a composite video output, are Bluetooth enabled and come with remotes.

The XW-NAC3-K additionally contains a fluorescent text display and an Ethernet jack for streaming music from the Internet or networked computer. (Those using the XW-NAC1-K will have to depend on the Wi-Fi capabilities of an iPod touch or iPhone to stream.) Also, the XW-NA 3-K offers a function called Dual Mix Play that automatically shuffles between two iPod or iPhone devices, thus enabling a couple to intersperse its tunes, for instance. The big advantage of both models are those "a" and "b" slots (top view, right) which even a single-person household can exploit, considering how many multiple Apple devices people now own. Both devices will be fully charged when you go out the door.

B&H is stocking six models of  Pioneer iPod Docks. Four models contain single docks. One-slotters include the XW-NAS3 Dock for iPod and iPhone in black and white and XW-NAS3-K in black (left). Both feature 2.1 channel sound with a down-firing subwoofer. They each offer an auxiliary line input and both component and composite video outputs so you're covered whether you're attaching an HDTV set or a conventional TV. This means that if you've downloaded high-def content into your player, you'll be able to take advantage of the extra resolution on an external display. The XW-NAS models have Bluetooth connectivity and a double-isolated cabinet for better stereo separation and audio reproduction.

While all the models above place one or two iPod slots atop the cabinet, Pioneer's XW-NAV1-K Home Theater Dock for iPod and iPhone in black and white or just black (right) position single docks in front of the base of the cabinet where the speakers meet. (The black and white model turns the dock and top third of the cabinet white.) The other difference is that the radio is gone. Instead, there's a built-in DVD/CD player and a an input for USB memory playback of JPEG, MP3, DivX and WMA files. There's an auxiliary input and HDMI and composite video outputs. Use that HDMI connection to attach an HDTV set and you'll have yourself an iPod-savvy mini home theater.

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