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      06.11.2012 19:25

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      A brilliant speaker system

      I love my Bose Sounddock - it's really great for listening to my iTouch, and the sound quality is really amazing for such a small item. Not only that it's a really stylish piece to have in any room in the house, plus as it takes all apple products, my friends and family can use their devices as well, which means a wide range of music styles to listen to.

      I do have one gripe with it, and that's the remote control, which is a little light and I don't like the keys on it. I've had a few issues with the remote not working and have since found out that it's because of dust build up behind the speaker cover. By using a very gentle suction on my vacumn clearner I can eliminate the problem, but is does keep happening and its quite annoying.

      I wish I had purchased the one that also had the option to use batteries, because it would be nice to take it outside during the summer months, but a long lead works just as well if you have one.

      I've tried other docks for my iTouch, but this one is the best for me. I managed to purchae mine just before they brought out the latest model, so got it for a modest £150, and am very pleased with it. I've had it about 2-3 years now and would highly recommend

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      29.04.2012 15:03

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      Good quality product where the price actually matches it

      I absolutely loved my Bose Sound Dock. I got it for my 21st Birthday last year and the quality is just amazing. I have used various iPod docks over the years and although they work, it was only after I got Bose that I realised just how amazing the speakers are. I am able to plug all my iPod's and iPhone's into it and quality is just the same.

      The speakers are not too big and can fit perfectly on the bedside table. I tend to use it as a charger as well because my wire would never reach that high.

      I wish it came with a built in radio but I think Bose have an even expensive version with that installed. The price may seem high but you are paying for the good quality of its output. I think my family got my one from John Lewis or Peter Jones in London for £199.99.

      The remote is rather tiny and the battery in it did not last too long. Well I hope it was the battery because I haven't changed it as I just end up using the volume buttons on the speakers.

      However, I did you the word 'loved' but unfortunately a little speck of water got into the dock and it no longer works. I would recommend this to anyone but make sure you keep liquids away from it as it can be quite sensitive. Bose do not cover water damage so I can no longer use mine and the repairs were costing so much that it would be ideal to just buy a new one. Try to keep it out of read from kids as they are sensitive.

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      01.02.2012 00:28

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      Briliant quality sound with good bass, but comes with a hefty price tag.

      Firstly the sound quality from the speakers is superb, I would expect no less from Bose, and is the perfect way of listening to music on your ipod/iphone if you don't want to use headphones. The speakers will work with all apple ipods and iphones, although you may find that they won't fit if they have cases on. The bass is also very good as you would expect and the volume goes loud enough for most people. It also charges your ipod/iphone which I found very useful.

      The system comes with a remote which has all the usual buttons (play/pause/skip etc) and you don't have to wait any time for it to come on once you have plugged your device in, you can start listening staight away.

      It is very difficult to find any bad things about these speakers but what I did find is that it doesn't have very good surround sound, but this is probably typical of most speaker systems like this.

      If you have the money to spend it is probably worth it, but many cheaper systems will do a decent enough job.

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      23.10.2011 20:08

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      An excellent investment

      I had often seen Bose systems advertised and wondered if they justified the prices and if they were the best value product out there. My partner and I visited an outlet store and this ipod dock was demonstrated to us, we decided to purchase this as it is perfectly compact, portable and would suit our needs perfectly, the sound quality is outstanding and could fill any size room in your home. The remote control is simple and works at a long range so perfect when sitting outside etc. We have been so impressed with the sound quality compared to other docks we have listened to we have also bought a set of digital surround sound speakers. These too give outstanding sound quality and I believe both products are worth every penny. In comparison to other products in the price range the sound seems to be far superior, we have converted a few friends and family into Bose users!

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      15.09.2011 17:17

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      These are the best ipod speakers i've had, i have had cheaper and way more inferior ones and they just don't cut it. The Bose ones are really clear, the base is great (i am a hip hop fan so this is a necessity) and the volume is perfect for in doors. We recently had our engagement party and they worked a like a dream in a large room with 80 people there. As an apple fan i have two ipods, 2 iphones and ipod touch. So what ever i feel like using i just pop them in and away it goes. So easy. When we go on holiday we take it with us and bring batteries as well. If its just a short break and not planning on much in door partying i get away with a small portable speaker but i do miss the Bose.

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      29.07.2011 16:46

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      Bose brillance at a reasonable cost

      Over the years Bose has built up a reputation for delivering some of the best sound on the market, and the sound dock digital music system does not disappoint. Producing an impressively loud, broad and expansive soundstage, even when the source music is relatively compressed. As well as coming in at around £200 giving more people access, to a slice of Bose brillance. Being one of Bose's less expensive products (although still not cheap!).

      The dock weighs a mere 2.37kg meaning portability is a not a problem and you wont need to be carrying leads around with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery providing up to eight hours of power per charge.

      A remote is also provided, which I find very useful as trying to change the tracks on your ipod when in the dock is very fiddly, as the Ipod being so close to the speaker prevents you from gripping it, the remote solves this. The remote includes, play/pause, skip track and fast forward/rewind.

      The dock also charges your ipod, so no need to plug it into computer to charge. I use mine in the bedroom and store my ipod in it all the time, it also acts as a very good alarm clock with my Ipod touch if you are lucky enough to have a iphone its ideal!. Outside entertainment in the summer is no problem as well with this powerful dock.

      Overall this is a great product, you get the Bose experience and reliability for a reasonable price, as well as excellent portability.

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      06.07.2011 15:50
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      Definitely worth the price, a fantastic unity for top quality home iPod playing

      I've seen Bose sound systems promoted for years for their great sound quality, usually in newspapers and on the back of glossy magazines, with full-colour ads explaining how great they are. Because of this, I've always had an image of Bose products as having exceptional sound quality, and being generally top-notch well made technical products. However, with the purchase of the Sounddock System for my iPod, I was able to test the brand first-hand, and I was not disappointed...

      <<< Price... >>>

      I think it's important to address the price first, and it is one which is often identified as an issue with Bose products. I paid just over £200 for this product new, which is a big investment, especially for a sound system which only plays music from Apple products (we'll come to that bit later). However, if like me, and so many other people these days, your music collection is entirely contained within some kind of "iProduct", then a high quality means of playing that music at home, without headphones, is a pretty important purchase. More importantly, I'm happy that this Bose system does love up to the hype, and that the price paid is justified by the exceptional sound quality.

      <<< The Unit Itself... >>>

      Firstly, I nearly gave myself a hernia picking up the box when it was delivered. The package want 'too heavy' (just over 2kg), it was just a lot heavier and more solid than I expected - I have owned other iPod docks and sound-systems which were disconcertingly flimsy and lightweight, so this came as a welcome surprise.

      On unpacking the product I was greeted by a solid, sturdy unit, which felt like it was worth the money spent on it. it also looks very sleek and stylish - it's pretty minimalist in appearance, consisting of one large curved speaker grille, with a small docking slot at the front, and a couple of volume buttons which almost blend entirely into the rest of the unit. There is also a small, slender remote control with all of the basic buttons and functions covered, so you can be completely lazy and control it from afar.

      My one complaint at this stage would be that the docking port itself, in comparison to the great build quality of the whole product, is slightly flimsy. This poses no problem at all when the speaker is sitting in one place permanently, but I feel that this may be vulnerable to knocks if you intend to use it as a 'portable' unit.

      <<< Controls and Options... >>>

      As I have alluded to, the controls are very basic; you can adjust the volume, but the rest of the input is controlled using your iPod screen. This is simple and effective, and really, no other controls are needed in my view, but be warned that you won't find any kind of equalizer or similar functions here. For me, a lack of buttons, sliders, and gratuitous flashing LEDs is definitely a bonus - I just want to listen to my music!

      <<< Sound... >>>

      The "Bose" sound seems to be the stuff of legend, and I really was impressed by the quality that came from this comparatively small unit. Many similar models produce a tinny sound, can't create the right base notes, or struggle when the volume is turned up past a certain level. However, the Bose Sounddock maintains a rich, full, balanced sound at all levels. As a result, it is just as suitable for a bit of light background during dinner, an accompaniment to a work out at home, or the throbbing heartbeat of a full house party. The sound also stands up well outdoors, if you're having some sort of barbecue or garden party (Disclaimer: This may not apply if you live in an expansive country estate).

      <<< Compatibility... >>>

      This unit is only compatible with iPods, iPhones, etc. Fortunately, this is exactly why I purchased it, but it is important to forewarn people of these issues sometimes. There are no other audio or AUX inputs, so you will be limited to using Apple products . the good news is, whereas some other iPod docks seem to have compatibility issues when new models of iPod are releases, this has not been an issue for me. The Bose Sounddock has been able to comfortably play music from (and charge the batter of) my new iPhone 4, my previous iPhone 3G, my iPod Nano 2g, my friend's iPod Classic, and so on... In summary - it seems to work with all iPods without issues!!!

      Finally, there is a good selection of inserts to ensure that the dock itself accommodates any model of iPod comfortably.

      <<< Overall... >>>

      There are a couple of very minor gripes about this unit, but nothing that should detract from the generally brilliant build quality and even better sound quality. I don't think you'll find a better means of playing your iPod or iPhone music at home!

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        16.05.2011 18:29

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        Very good product overall, just a few minor tweaks needed to be perfect.

        This is my first ever Bose product and overall I am very pleased.

        Like most, I had long heard of the superior sound quality of Bose products, but I was sceptical that the quality would live up to my expectations and more importantly, the price.

        Having purchased a Sounddock through Amazon however, I am now converted to Bose products for all my audio requirements. The sound quality was excellent right out of the box. I didn't want to blow my brand new speakers so I managed to restrain myself from turning up the volume too high at first. But when I did, I was blown away by the clarity of the sound at such high volumes and the punch of the more bassy songs.

        There are 2 problems however:
        1: It emits a high pitch squeak at almost all times. The sound actually comes from the power adapter/converter and is very clearly audible when the system is at low volume or not playing, making it unbearable to have plugged in. I do not know if this is a defective unit or common of all systems
        2: For a product costing £200, I was expecting there to be an AUX in port somewhere, or at least some additional connectivity. Seems like a tiny bit of a con to be paying £200 for speakers only compatible with iPods/iPhones.

        However, I am still very pleased with my purchase and do not regret buying it.

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        21.02.2011 16:46

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        So I've been wanting one of these for several years now. My father got one about 3 years ago and considering he takes it with him where ever he goes it is still in fantastic condition. I was given one for christmas this year and again, I was not dispointed. The sound is amazing, it's the perfect size for my room and it's so easy to travel with. I'm a big music lover and enjoy putting my ipod onto shuffle and not having to worry about it for a reasonable length of time.I will agree with people who say that it is expensive however for that little extra money you get so much more and knowing that you have a name like bose on the shelf makes all the difference.In my opinion, when putting it up against other docking stations it wins hands down every time.

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        18.01.2011 21:44
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        Quality is definately worth the extra price in this case

        So I was looking for something to leave my iPod sitting in on my desk, decent sound quality that would fill the room. I always see these Bose Speakers advertised in the Sunday papers, on the backs of the glossy magazine inserts. I decided to get some and see what they were like.... i've had these for about 2 months now

        **connectivity- Often with iPod speakers, the connection between the iPod and the device, via the little connection on the bottom of the iPod is a bit shakey, it often feels like it could snap off. The Bose speakers hugged my little Nano perfectly. Also, everytime a new iPod comes out, it tends not to be compatible with old speakers, that is , it may agree to play music, but not neccesarily charge. I havn't came across such an issue here.
        **Volume- Maybe not an immediate consideration, however for occasional party use, the SoundDock is loud enough, even when I've took them outdoors into the garden they've stood up to the background noise.
        **Quality of sound- I was surprised by how rich the sound was. Usually small speakers, in my opinion have a rather tinny, radiolike quality to them. The SoundDock lives up to Bose's reputation for quality, with a good sound produced.
        **The remote control- Most of the cheaper speakers i've had for my iPod have had pathetic remotes which barely stretch longer than my arm, and even then they do very little. The remote that comes with the SoundDock stretches atleast 20m, on occasion its even worked from the room next door.
        **The build quality/design- Often with iPod accessories, they're built with really quite flimsy plastic, clearly, they're not designed to last longer than a year or so until the next iPod comes out. The SOundDock feels like its meant to last, clearly, with its heftier price tag, one would expect it too.

        Overall- If you can afford to spend a bit more money, then these are well worth a look. One thing I would say is that if you've got even more money, there are some REALLY nice hi-fi systems that have built in iPod docks nowdays. This is a good consideration. If all you want is a portable pair of iPod speakers then these are the ones.

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        06.01.2011 20:39
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        There is a reason why Bose are so good .................................

        I was looking around for a digital dock system that I could use on my iPod in the house. I wanted something that was fairly discrete, good looking and gave a good performance. After doing a lot of research across the web, I sort of narrowed my options down and tended to lean towards this Bose system. Bose are arguably the Rolls Royce option of sound system speakers (many upmarket car manufacturers use Bose speaker systems in their cars). Reviews seemed to be good and it was a nice looking system. So I bought it from Amazon early last year for just over the £225 mark.

        What do you get? Out of the box, this system looks very sleek. Fairly weighty at 2.1 kg, the overall dimensions are 30.4 cm wide by 16.9 cm high by 16.5 cm deep. So this is a very compact unit for your home. The system comes complete with a power cord and a stylish remote control, along with a couple of inserts that can be used in the dock to accommodate the plethora of iPods on the market at the moment. At a distance, it looks like a stylish, slightly curved speaker with a black surround that gently slopes back. Closer in and you'll notice the discrete black front tray that has been tastefully blended in, and this is the dock where you make the iPod Bose system interconnection. The front of the dock has the discrete Bose logo on it to give the only clue as to what this device may be and do.

        The power cord plugs into the lower middle of the back of this system and then it sits quietly waiting. Now insert your iPod into the front dock and the system starts to come to life. Start a tune on your iPod and stand back because then you'll understand why Bose speaker systems are in a league of their own. For such a small system, it generates a lot of sound - deep booming base and crystal clear treble. Crank the sound up using the volume push buttons on either side of the iPod on the dock and there is no distortion - just a booming wall of sound, all from this little thing about the size of a shoebox.

        Now take the stylish remote control, no bigger than a credit card, and stand back further. The simple buttons on the remote allow you to control all of your major functions of this system - turn off/on your iPod on the dock, - and + for system volume, track forward and back scan and skip, and finally the play/pause resume button at the bottom. And when you stand back and use this remote to control this system, you will appreciate that this Bose system is a piece of technical sound marvel which perfectly generates the crystal clear sound to fill the room and envelope you with the musical crescendo. In my opinion, it is an enthralling experience to behold - all this sound and quality surrounding you and coming from this little box on my shelf.

        In summary, you can pay far less for other systems, and perhaps even far more, but Bose systems are put in up market cars by manufacturers for a reason - because they are the best and give the best sound quality - and here you are with a chance to put that system in your own home and experience why they are so good.

        Highly recommended.

        Review also on Ciao under Randal1

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          28.12.2010 18:07

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          Bose has a good reputation so I bought this product and initially was pleased with it. The sound quality was good and has remained so. However after just over a year, the connection at the back started playing up and the system would cut out. This could be rectified by disconnecting and reconnecting the lead but have had to do so with increasing frequency. A further few months on and the docking mechanism periodically fails as well. Although the System has been handled carefully, it seems far too flimsy in quality. I shall not be buying another Bose product and would counsel anyone against doing so.

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          28.11.2010 17:56
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          Excellent sound for a such a small system

          My mum owns this SoundDock system and I think it is fantastic. The dock itself is very sleek and beautiful looking and I'd say would fit well into anybody's room. It is quite heavy but I certainly think this is a sign of quality rather than a disadvantage. It comes with a remote control and so you can control your music and the volume from across the room. From my experience, the remote control has a pretty good range on it and have never been unable to remotely control the system.

          It is incredibly easy to operate - just plug it in, put your IPod onto it and away you go! The dock charges your IPod whilst you listen to your music and so you'll never run out of battery!

          The sound is really excellent and has really good clarity. The volume possibilities are superb as well; you can really blast out your favourite music!!

          My only negative point about this would be that it has to be plugged in and so is not exactly portable, but then again, it is easy enough to transport between rooms (as long as you have an electrical socket nearby)

          These speakers are expensive, but you are paying for the quality and it is worth every penny.

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          13.09.2010 23:01
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          Simply the best dock by a mile at this price range

          This piece of kit is just sublime! I was lucky, had a bit of spare cash and always knew what Bose had to offer but when I compared against the rest there was no doubt which dock was best - the Bose without a doubt.

          OK, lets be frank here - there are other, more pricey, more sleek looking docks around and they are impressive. However by impressive I mean big sounding, you go in to a shop and road test these things and some of the larger docks impress in one particular element - bass! I'm sure many buy on the strength of this but I cant stress enough how the Bose delivers on TOTAL sound quality not only bass. The output is extremely well balanced for a dock of this size and when you consider that you are listening mainly to a low quality digital file conversion and not a CD it's nothing short of amazing.

          Place this Bose dock outside in the garden and you will get well rounded quality sound. Place it against a wall and the port on the rear will allow a rich bass to further enhance the experience, but whatever the placement quality never seems to be compromised and that's a difficult feat to achieve which Bose seems to have perfected beautifully. Yes it goes loud for something this size, but to be honest that's not my personal aim.

          Want to recharge your iPod? Simply dock it and either leave it or play it - the battery will recharge just as it would plugged in to a wall outlet.

          The remote is simple but effective and will operate up to 20 feet away in my experience.

          I am still amazed by this wonderful little system, thankfully I went for the Bose and not the competition. I love running the iPod through this, buy it - you WONT be disappointed.

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          10.08.2010 18:23
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          The best way to listen to music without doubt

          Last Christmas I decided to buy a loved one a brand new Ipod Touch for Christmas and I felt that a speaker system for the Ipod would be a great addition to the present! After doing much research online and speaking to several people who had different makes of Ipod sound systems, I decided that I definitely had to go with Bose. I also paid a trip to my nearest Bose centre to test out my own I-Phone on the SoundDock and was completely blown away by what I heard.

          The sound from this machine is absolutely incredible, no to mention the ear-splitting levels of volume that you can get! The SoundDock acts about as well as a huge hi-tech hi-fi system, but looks and sounds even better. The sleek and simple design means it will look good anywhere and the remote control allows for fast and efficient controlling. A great benefit of the SoundDock is also that it charges the I-Pod while it plays so you never end up running out of battery!

          I could not recommend this more highly, and it has completely changed the way that we listen to music at home. I would also recommend the portable version, which allows you to plug in the system or plug it out as needs be, as it can be carried around via the hand grip on the back of the system. The dock is also heavier than you might expect, but this is a serious piece of music equipment. Although it's more expensive than other models offering the same thing, the extra money is definitely worth it.

          Be prepared for a music revolution!

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          The Bose SoundDock digital music system was specifically designed to expand and enhance your enjoyment of the music stored on your iPod or iPod mini. Just slip it into the docking cradle for the Bose sound your favorite songs deserve. The iPod charges as it plays, so you enjoy music without interruption. Its sleek, slender design fits almost any room's décor. And the included remote lets you control the SoundDock system from across the room.

          Enjoy the songs on your iPod or iPod mini like never before. The SoundDock system is designed to play your favorite tracks with crisp clarity - allowing you to discover subtleties in your music that used to simmer beneath the surface. A host of proprietary technologies adds vitality and realism to your tracks. With Bose proprietary acoustic design, you enjoy a full, rich sound that's greater than you'd expect from a system this small.

          The SoundDock system is easy to operate. Just plug it in, pop in your iPod and play. Your iPod works as long as it has a dock connector on the bottom. There are no extra wires or adapters. The included remote allows you to control your music at the push of a button. And a stylish, sophisticated look means it can be the center of attention or blend in wherever you place it. The SoundDock system and your iPod share a commitment to simplicity, quality and above all, music. Now just introduce them and watch this pair becomes best friends.