By Mike Kobrin  |  Posted 2006-05-17 Print this article Print

The DLO HomeDock Deluxe for iPod is the first dock to offer TV-screen navigation of your iPod. Its a pretty straightforward product for integrating your iPod into your home stereo system, and it has a video pass-through so that you can play photos or video on your TV screen (as well as accessing DLOs version of the iPod interface).

This is a huge improvement over the previous generation of docks such as the original HomeDock and the Kensington Stereo Dock, which made you navigate the iPods tiny screen from 10 feet away. The infrared remote is much bigger than the one that came with the original HomeDock, as it now accommodates 18 buttons, and the overall construction quality is also better. Overall, I like the HomeDock Deluxe, but there are some issues you should be aware of before you buy one.

The HomeDock Deluxe is made of black and graphite-colored plastic and measures 1.0 by 5.8 by 3.8 inches. On the back, there are analog RCA audio and video outputs, an S-Video output, a USB port (for syncing an iPod while its docked), a power jack, and an NTSC/PAL switch. On the top, theres a dock connector and a detachable backrest that you can adjust to accommodate any flavor of iPod (with a dock connector).

Theres also a slot that holds the infrared remote control upright when its not in use. The dock has rubber feet on the bottom to keep it from sliding around. The remote is finished in high-gloss black, and the 18 buttons comprise all the controls that were on the original HomeDocks remote plus directional buttons and an Enter key. Theres also a small button on the upper left that toggles between TV-screen mode and iPod mode. It communicates with your iPod via a small IR sensor on the front of the dock.

To set the dock up, all you need to do is plug the included AC adapter into the wall, attach the color-coded ends of the included RCA audio/video cable to the HomeDock Deluxe, and then plug the other ends into your stereo. Then you can seat your iPod on the dock connector and adjust the backrest.

Read the full story on PCMag.com: DLO HomeDock Deluxe for iPod

Mike Kobrin is PC MagazineÔÇÖs lead analyst for audio products, including headphones, MP3 players, and speakers. He is also a working trumpet player in and around New York City.

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