Whether you own the current Apple iPad or are planning to buy the new iPad 2 when it launches here in the UK on the 25th March, you can never start to early to think about the right accessories for your iPad, such as finding the right speaker option.
Now the good thing about owning an Apple iPad is that there are plenty of options in terms of connecting to external speakers or sound systems, although many of the existing iPod speaker docks are not designed to allow for docking the iPad. However if it is an iPad speaker dock you are after, then there are some good options available, ranging from the really high end solutions, like the B&O BeoSound 8 to the more affordable Logic 3 i-station. You can find out more about iPad speaker docks here.
If a speaker dock is not for your need, then there are a few wireless options as well. The Apple iPad features both Apple AirPlay technology as well as bluetooth and wi-fi, opening up a pletora of new opportunities for streaming music and media.
Apple AirPlay speakers are still few and far between, but more and more are being announced and on their way to the UK market. So far these systems tend to be at the higher end of the price market, but that could change as more producers adopt the technology. There are some great options though, from the unique B&W Zeppelin Air to AV receivers that you can build your own system around. You can find out more about Apple AirPlay speakers and systems here.
Bluetooth speakers and sound systems are also an option. Usually they are more on the portable side and at the lower price range, but the quality of bluetooth speakers is actually improving, although some would say it is a dying technology. Should you already own an good iPod or iPhone speaker dock, then there are also options to make these bluetooth compatible through adaptors, such as the Cerulean RX. Or you could even make your current system AirPlay compatible by connecting an Apple Airport Express adapter. There are also other wireless / network solutions to consider, such as Sonos Zoneplayer.
If all this technology is just becoming too much and you just want to enjoy the music from your iPad on your current sound system / speakers, then you can always go down the wired route by connecting it with a stereo aux cable.
We hope you find the right audio accessory for your iPad among these many choices.