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Old Apr 29, 2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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I'm looking to build a cost-effective audio solution that consists of an MP3 player and a docking station with built-in speakers.

Ideas?

Important:
Cost. I'm a cheap bastard. This probably rules out anything by Apple.
Docking station must have built-in speakers.
Docking station must use AC power
MP3 player must have a decent GUI

Not so important:
Audio quality (either using speakers, or headphones with the MP3 player)
Capacity 2GB would be acceptable. 4GB preferable. More than 4GB unnecessary
Video capability. Nice, but not important.
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Older iPod?

Not much of an Apple fan... yet have to admit that they dominate the market when it comes to accessories.
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Sansa Fuze: Here ($60 new but you can routinely find refurbs for ~ $35)

Speakers for anyone: Here

Even some(most?) "iPod" docks are compatible with other MP3 players via a 3.5mm auxiliary input.

Your mother would like it.

Actually, I DID buy a Fuze for my mother-in-law. She has a Tech-savy Score around -3 but she loves it.

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Sansa Fuze: Here ($60 new but you can routinely find refurbs for ~ $35)

Speakers for anyone: Here

Even some(most?) "iPod" docks are compatible with other MP3 players via a 3.5mm auxiliary input.

Your mother would like it.

Actually, I DID buy a Fuze for my mother-in-law. She has a Tech-savy Score around -3 but she loves it.
So you're saying that this docking station, which lists "auxiliary input" among the technical details, can be used to input audio from a Fuze's headphone jack? Not too shabby. I'll definitely check this out.
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I second the Sansa Fuze. I got one for my wife and they are very nice. The controls are so similar to the old ipods I am surprised they didn't get their pants sued off.

For the more tech savy user there is even some very nice custom firmware that was put out with a bunch of extra features like the ability to play Doom. I believe its call RockBox. http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaFuze

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So you're saying that this docking station, which lists "auxiliary input" among the technical details, can be used to input audio from a Fuze's headphone jack? Not too shabby. I'll definitely check this out.
Yep. Most docks that I've seen have a 3.5mm input.

The only thing is although the dock is AC powered the Fuze is not and will run on battery power. Still, I get many hours of listening from a full charge and the Fuze can be charged via USB or AC adapter (usually sold separately). I suppose one could technically power the Fuze via the AC adapter while it's connected to the dock but there' really no need.
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