Q I am looking for a speaker dock sound system for my iPhone that will charge it and play music too. I would prefer something that can fill a 15-by-20-foot space with sound, but does not cost too much, perhaps around $100. A remote control would be handy too.
-- C.M., Castle Shannon, Pa.
A If the price is right, why not get something special rather than a simple speaker dock?
Regular readers of my column know about the Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ, a great-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker that proved to be one of my top recommendations last year and a big hit with readers. Cambridge SoundWorks also makes premium table radios and for many years I have recommended them as a better-sounding, less expensive alternative to the Bose Wave radios.
Cambridge SoundWorks is having a clearance sale for their Ambiance 2 Wi-Fi music system. The Ambiance 2 is a premium table radio modeled after the ubiquitous (and expensive) Bose Wave radio. The Ambiance 2 looks great, sounds great, has a colorful touch-screen interface and includes a remote control. It does not have Bluetooth, but it does have an iPod/iPhone dock and Wi-Fi so you can play Pandora and tune Internet Radio. You can also stream music from your PC, iPad, or iPhone using an app called sync:stream. It is optimized for Internet use and has a circuit called the X-Fi crystallizer to enhance the sound from online sources. The sound settings require tweaking to bring out its best. I published my own settings at