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I had been looking for a docking station for a while, and finally got around to buying one a couple of months ago. I was prepared to spend a significant sum, but even then, I was surprised to see that a Bose Sounddock was within my budget. I always had an opinion of Bose that they were top quality matched with a top price. At £180 for the Soundock Series 3, it still represented the top end of my budget, but my search was over and I decided to purchase.
The dock is basically a rectangular mesh-covered speaker approximately A4 landscape size, with a semi circular base attached to the front where the ipod docks. The silver Bose logo adorns the front of the semi circle base, which looks classy against the shiny black appearance of the dock.
I have an ipod touch 5th generation, and this dock is only suited to ipods with the lightning charger, there is no adaptor included, nor would one fit, as the ipod sits very snugly back to the speaker itself. For the same reason, an ipod or iphone would need to be removed from a case to sit on the dock.
Importantly, the sound from the sounddock is absolutely great as far as I'm concerned. I am not a musician or particular connoisseur, but I do know decent sound and this is more than enough for anything I would ever need. There is no adjustment to be made on the unit, any tweaking of the sound is done through the settings on the ipod. The range of volume is huge, certainly if I was to play on full volume it would be too loud for my living room.
The unit comes with a small remote control which has simple volume, track forward/back controls and on / off. This means you can't fully control your ipod with the remote, just the basic controls. The unit also constantly charges my ipod when it's plugged in. The only issue is remembering to unplug from the mains when not in use as there is no visual signal that the unit is plugged in by means of a power light. Also, there is no option for batteries so this is better suited to a fixed location. That said, it's lightweight and easy to move from room to room, it just needs to be plugged into the mains.
All in all, this represented a major purchase for me, but it was certainly money well spent and I would recommend it as a main music unit for any medium to large sized room.
For years I tinkered with other ausio devices that are compatible with iPods and have nearly always been left frustrated and disappointed. This device is as sleek and as compact as possible with no sacrifice on sound quality. The sound really is brilliant and for its price, although quite hefty, I have never been so impressed with a device of its kind. The dock is loud enough to reach other rooms in the house and as a result of my purchase, Bose have gone well up in my estimations as every part of the product and the services they have given since I purchased have been perfect. I purchased the Bose Sounddock after a friend recommended it to me at a gathering and I can honestly say, even after being unsure of the price to begin with, I am very pleased with it. The device boasts a clean and refined sound with good quality of bass and a very user friendly interface. I would heavily recommend this to anybody who is losing faith in finding a quality iPod dock. This has truly revived my faith in this type of device. Since buying the device I have never had any problems with them and having called Bose recently, I can say that if I did have any problems, then Bose would be fast and helpful in helping me to find a solution. Overall, I think this is a must buy for anyone who is in need of an iPod orientated Music System. 9/10!
I like to listen to music around the house and so in our kitchen we have a Bose SoundDock which we can plug our iPod's into to listen to our music.
It's basically just a big speaker that is quite compact and works in conjunction with your iPod. We chose this one as Bose has quite a good name when it comes to products of this sort and mainly because this was the nicest looking speaker we could find and if we were going to have it on display we wanted something nice that would fit in with our decor. What I like about it is that it's very simple looking and modern and fits in nicely with our modern kitchen. The surround part of the docking station is white and then the front part is a silver metal colour, very sleek looking in my opinion. The machine is quite thin so it doesn't take up much space which is great in our kitchen. We angle it against two walls where our plugs are and the nice thing is that we can then hide all our wires behind it for our other chargers and make the kitchen look less cluttered.
As well as having a very simple look this sound system is also very simple to use, perfect for technophobes like me who just really want to press one button and everything is done. Your iPod or iphone basically slots into the docking station part at the front of the cocking station and then you control what songs you want to play from the controls on your ipod/iPhone, it is that simple. On the Bose itself there is a + button if you want the sound up and a - sign if you want to turn the sound down a bit but I generally find that when you turn it on it is quite loud to begin with. I think the sound quality is really quite good from a small speaker like this. According to Bose you will, "Hear subtleties you may never have noticed from tunes you thought you knew by heart. Bose proprietary acoustic design delivers performance greater than you'd expect from an iPhone/iPod speaker system this small."
When your iPod/iPhone is attached to the Bose it also charges it as well so you can be guaranteed that it will never give up half way through a tune and it's great if you want to then take it away afterwards it is fully charged and ready to use and you don't need to then plug it in to a charger. The Bose also comes with a simple remote control, basically with just start/stop/pause and volume buttons and it's nice to be able to say have this when you are sitting at the kitchen table and not have to get up and go over to the machine itself.
If you're looking for an investment piece I would definitely recommend this. At around £250 its not cheap but worth it if you like music everywhere you go.
After buying a few of the cheaper iPod sound docks and being very disappointed with the sound and quality of them I brought this one for around £200, which at first seemed quite a hefty price tag but I'd always heard brilliant things about Bose and its customer service. Now at first glance it does look very nice and modern and it comes in either black or white (I have the white version). But its not only the looks it gives out an excellent quality sound and no matter how loud you have it it doesn't distort at all (which is the problem a lot of the cheaper ones have) and is always very clear sounding no matter what genre of music you listen too. The actual sound dock comes with a remote which has very simple volume, track and an on and off button which I thought was a brilliant idea. Its very easy to plug in literally just connect a few cables put the iPod on and your off! It also doesn't just play music but charges your iPod at the same time which is great. Bose customer service is also fantastic, I'd been having a few problems after about 3 years of buying it (which the warranty had long ago run out) but they were extremely helpful and replaced it free of charge! I would definitely recommend one of these to anyone who asked!
I bought a Bose SoundDock to liven up my office at work. I had always heard great things about Bose and despite the heavy pricetag I needed a new stereo, most of my music was on my iPod and I was discovering that there was such a thing called "style"...
The SoundDock oozes style in abundance. It comes in either black or white so you can't really go wrong. The excellent speakers (more of that later) are hidden behind a regular looking honeycomb cover. It is very minimal and clean-looking. I found the remote control to be of high-quality (better than my previous dock), the batteries last for ages and it was easy to use and had a huge range: very useful for changing tracks on my Spice Girls album while tapping away at my keyboard at the other side of the room.
But at the end of the day, if you are reading a review on a Bose product you will be asking "what is the sound like??". It is excellent, and having listened to a few similar products such as the Zeppelin and various Bang and Olufsen speakers, the bang for the buck (and the size of the Dock) is brilliant.
The SoundDock remains clear and interference-free, from being played at very low volumes (when I am working hard, playing TV theme tunes from the 80's) to ridiculously high volumes (House Music, 5pm on a Friday evening). The sound is crisp, clear and if you are into basslines and more dancy stuff like me, then the quality becomes even clearer to notice. The SoundDock appears to be well-grounded and stable too, as I have noticed very little vibration or rattle at close range.
I have a new Dock for home as well now, but after 4 years the work one is still going strong, so they are clearly built to last. I use it day after day and the quality has not deteriorated (at least not to my ears). Now that I have proudly jumped on the iPhone bandwagon I would have liked the Dock to support phones as well as pads (it plays but doesn't charge), but I'm not complaining that much.
I am going to throw this out there and say that the SoundDock is the best audio/stereo product I have ever bought. Whether my colleagues feel the same way is a matter to be discussed another time.
The Bose SoundDock really is an incredible speaker set which I thought is truly the ideal counterpart for any iPod! I decided to buy the Bose SoundDock primarily because of Bose's reputation for quality of sound engineering and through general word of mouth. I bought this product for around £200 from Amazon which did not seem like too bad a price for a Bose product! Having had it it for a few months now I an safely say that it is an incredible high quality speaker system and I would highly recommend it.
In terms of the style it has a sleek appearance and a slight curvature which really does help it to blend into any environment really. I found that my iPod Video 30GB and iPod touch look absolutely great when connected to the dock itself.
The Bose SoundDock also comes with a remote which I have found myself increasingly using! Its a great addition to the dock itself and really does add I found to the overall ease of use of the product. On that note, I found the dock very easy to setup - it was just a matter of plugging it in to the mains through an A/C adaptor and plugging in the iPod itself. The remote is really comfortable to hold and easy to use. However, it is quite small and I'm worried about losing it soon!
In terms of sound quality the speakers really are second to none in that respect and it really does help to enrich all types of music. I found the speakers to also be very powerful given its size and can easily fill a room. Overall, a great iPod speaker dock that I would highly recommend!
Quite simply brilliant, i'd recommend it to anyone.
I picked up one of these in the USA a few years ago whilst i was over there for a period of time. Its fair to say that it is relatively cheaper in the USA than it is here but still, dont let the price tag put you off because you definately get what you pay for.
I've had a number of stereo systems/ipod docks before and nothing compares to the sound quality you get from the sound dock. It really is incredible sound clarity and fullness from such a small device both at low and high volumes.
The styling is fantastic, sleek, sophisticated and small enough to blend into a corner of a room or sit neatly on top of a set of drawers or a shelf. I am now looking to get the Bose 'wave' system...whist its expensive i'm definately converted to Bose sound quality!
My partner & I both bought an ipod but realised we didn't have a suitable sounddock to play it on in the house. (Mind having seen the selection on my partner's ipod that's perhaps not a bad thing!)
Well, we went round every shop on the internet, looked at every review for various priced docks. We had more or less decided on a Bose and went to Comet to listen to it.
All I can say is if you are thinking of getting a system to play your ipod on you'll not buy a better one than a Bose. I cannot tell you just how fantastic this system sounds. I could not believe the quality of sound that such a small item could produce. Until you've listened to Sound of Silence through a Bose you ain't heard it properly! It is amazing, it's small and compact. Very easy to use. It adapts to any ipod.
We take it on holiday with us (sad but once you've heard your ipod through this you won't be satisfied with any other sounddock!). We took it to a party last weekend (couldn't bear to listen to my dad's hi-fi all day!). We haven't got the portable one but it's so small it's easy enough just to shove in a bag & go!
So if you're looking for a reasonable priced super machine this is definately the one for you! It has a small foolproof remote control. In all it's a small package of perfection!
We love it and would recommend it to anyone! If this sounddock is so brilliant and the sound so clear, I'd love to hear one of Bose's serious stereos! Wow!
I bought this docking station for myself to save on wires, speakers equipment etc. being the neat freak I am!!! I was absolutely blown away with the sound this little speaker produced!!!!
Why would anybody waste space with anything else. It looks fab, sounds amazing and safes space, what more can anybody ask.
Also bought two for Xmas presents for my daughters ( twenties, so not oldies) and they were absolutely amazed at the sound, so much so it has had a knock on effect from their friends, who have also bought the docking stations, I should be on a commission basis for BOSE !!!!!!!!!!!!
Also not only does it play the most amazing sounds, but it also charges the ipod at the same time, so I just pick up the ipod on my way out to play in my car and then return it to the docking station on my return and its always charges, so no last minute disappointments.
You can also get the portable version, which means it can be carried extremely easy from room to room, which is wonderful in the nice weather ( states loosely) to have great sounds into the garden.
Cant rate this system highly enough A1!!!!!!!!
Bose - a name no one seems to know how to pronounce (Boss? BOse? Boss-ay? Boze? You name it, I've heard it!), and yet it is one of the most trusted names in Hifi retail, and this product only adds to their reputation.
IPods, the MP3 player made by Apple, first became huge after Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was seen at the MTV after-party in 2004 sporting a diamond encrusted 1st gen. iPod. Since then, they have become one of the most popular MP3 players available on the market - expensive, but very popular. Realising their potential, a number of manufacturers began looking at ways to allow people to play their iPods through big speakers rather than just the small headphones you get with the player. Remember the iTrip - the FM broadcaster that allowed you to play your iPod through your radio? And then there were cars that came with iPod docking stations with whole adverts focused around that fact rather than, say, the fact that it was a car.
Bose decided to get in on the game too, and in 2004 released their Sounddock system. The product I am reviewing is the Series 1, released in 2004.
I was lucky enough to receive one of these as a 21st birthday present last year from my brother - he had just got a big job in the city, and so was feeling very generous, apparently, as one of these bad boys will set you back somewhere in the region of £140-£180, depending on where you go. It comes in black or white to match your iPod. Mine came in black, despite the fact I have a white iPod, but I actually prefer it like that - I enjoy the contrast, and it looks good on my breakfast bar, which has a faux-black marble finish.
Appearance-wise, this looks exactly like something you would expect from uber-stylish Bose. If panthers were speaker shaped, this is what they would look like - sleek, refined, cool, sexy. It is not too big - in terms of dimensions it is 169 x 303 x 165 mm, so will fit pretty much anywhere - prizes for the most original suggestion. It is also lightweight - only just over 2kg, so can be easily moved around the home. The speaker front is flat with a slight curve, and the promontory you can see in the picture is the actual docking station. The docking station has the Bose logo discreetly labelled on it - just discreet enough to make it immediately obvious that it is a Bose product and will therefore be the envy of all your friends. The docking station also has the volume adjustment buttons, one on either side.
In terms of performance - wow. You will not need another speaker system with this. Despite its small size it is surprisingly powerful - officially its power is 50-55 watts, but I have been told that it can get up to 77. Loud enough for all but the terminally deaf. The sound reproduction is fantastic; to me it sounds really clear no matter how loud I have it turned up. It uses Bose's patented speaker technology to ensure that, despite being a small package, there is no compromise on sound. The bass in particular sounds really good, and there is minimal disruption. I think for the true hi-fi enthusiast this would probably not be for you, as the iPod technology is arguably not quite as perfect as CD or LP, but for the vast majority of us, this is about as good as your iPod listening experience is going to get.
Other things to know: It fits any iPod with a dock connector - I believe I am right in saying this is pretty much all of them besides the Shuffle. The docking station comes with adjustable cradles to easily fit your iPod in. It will not fit the iPhone although the second generation SoundDock released last year will. The iPod charges as you play, a useful feature, and the system comes with an infra-red remote - again, thin, black and stylish, incredibly lightweight, which integrates an on/off switch, pause/play, volume adjustment and track skipping (like with many remotes, if you hold down the track skip button it will fast-forward or rewind). Unfortunately you cannot use it to change playlists or albums on the iPod so any changes to the playlist need to be made manually, but you can adjust the iPod whilst it is still in the docking cable. There is no standby switch on the system so as long as it is plugged in it is turned on, but even if you turn off the iPod it will continue to charge if docked. For the energy-conscious amongst you, you will need to turn the speakers off at the plug if you don't want them to stay on.
As for any flaws - very few that I can think of. One issue is that Bose does not do an integrated iPod docking/ DAB radio system, so if you want speakers that can play the radio as well, you would have to look at another brand or buy a DAB radio separately. However, this may not be practical in a small home. You can't adjust the equaliser settings on the speakers so any adjustments have to be made on the iPod through iTunes. Also, a very niggling issue - each time the iPod is turned on the speakers, for me, always start playing at close to full volume, which can be a shock and an issue if you are using it late at night. I have spoken to other who own this system and they report the same issue, so before you start playing your music, turn down the volume level on the speakers (N.B.: turning down the volume setting on the iPod whilst docked does not affect the output level!). Finally, the price is pretty steep - there are cheaper systems available.
For me these speakers are the bee's knees, cat's pyjamas and any other miscellaneous animal parts you would care to mention. I have never had a problem with them (though I believe that Bose are actually very good at sorting out issues), and use them pretty much every day. I would seriously recommend these to any iPod owner, as they are the best I have found.
The Bose SoundDock is a staggeringly good speaker system for your i-pod. Available in two finishes, black and white, it looks stunning in any surroundings. The sound is of the rich, booming variety you would associate with a much larger amp and speaker set up, although clarity never suffers. You can also enjoy classical pieces as if the orchestra were in the room.
It's perfect for anyone who is short on space, easy to clean, no fiddly wires and you can easily take it wherever you go on holiday.
The bag that Bose offers for the docker is very cleverly designed too, providing labelled sections for each of the components of the kit - remote, and spare batteries, wiring and i-pod. It's easy to set up your i-pod and docker while you're having a barby by the pool on holiday for instance. No switching CDs, superb sound and all protected by the bag!
The Bose SoundDock is, quite simply, extremely good. It comes finished in either white or black, and looks stylish in either colour. It's a good size too - neither too small nor too big.
The sound quality on the SoundDock is very good, with great bass and a clean, crisp sound. What's especially good is the way that this relatively small SoundDock can fill a room with sound. The speakers are slightly angled for a better sound distribution and it really is very impression. You won't be wanting more sound either - the SoundDock can go VERY loud, literally shaking this house.
The SoundDock comes down slightly on price, though. At around £250 this certainly isn't a budget system. However, you get what you pay for.
Overall, the sound dock is a very good little music player. It's easy to plug your ipod into it, and it can easily fill a room with crisp sound. A very good product that's recommended.
The Bose SoundDock is a smart, stylish sound system for your ipod.
The look of this piece of kit is smart, It looks very stylish. Available in white or black. The Design is arched which allows for the sound to be angled when in use. The back is pretty plain and houses most of the components. Bang centre on the front you will see the docking area fro your beloved ipod. This unit has a larger footprint than its competitors 6.65" H x 11.91 W x 6.48" D (16.89cm x 30.26 x 16.47cm) 4.56lbs and weighs 2.1kg.
Out of the box it is very easy to set up - take out unit and place in desired zone, plug in the adaptor at the back and then into the wall. Plug in the relevant docking adaptor for your ipod and that's it. The power rating on the box specified 110v on mine however the power adaptor supplied was multi voltage.
Bose claim there product is compatible with all dock connector ipods. The adaptors supplied cover the ipod video and mini and other ipods. The Nano insert was not included with mine but Bose sent me one directly. However I don't use it. We own two ipods a 60 GB Video and a 2 GB nano I use the adaptor that fit the 60 GB video player as I find the nano sits happily on the dock connector without any further support.
Basically to use you place your ipod direct onto the dock connector your ipod lights up and off you go. Control is from either the ipod itself or from the included remote. The remote is credit card size but quite thick. Very basic giving an off function, Pause/play, back, forward and volume control. The only controls on the dock itself are for volume and these are place at either side of the docking area.
The sound is good. In fact very good. I wouldn't say amazing as it isn't. Its rich clear and not to basey in my opinion. As with anything you have to hear it for yourself as we all hear differently. The volume level is good and fills our open plan, living, and dining and kitchen room. I am quite pleased with the overall sound from such a small unit. I find the best position for this unit is the corner of a room.
The unit charges your ipod via the dock connector whilst playing or when switched off. I like the fact I can use my ipod at work come home stick it in the SoundDock and play my tunes while I make dinner. By the time that's done it's charged and ready for action again.
Overall I am quite happy with this unit however it does have some imperfections. The first being the lack of controls on the unit. The second is this unit works off mains only. There is no auxiliary port either so it's designed for ipod only. The remote is very basic for such an expensive device. There is no off switch on the system so your ipod is either charging or displaying charged. Although I don't think it will damage the battery on the ipod I unplug the unit to be sure. There is no USB connection so you can't link it to your PC.
I have been using the Unit for 6 months now and it seems to be fairing up well. No damage to anything no signs of wear and tear. I use the dock daily.
It is expensive compared to others but it is BOSE. I paid 250US for mine.
If you're looking for a stylish good sounding speaker/dock system that you can place permanently in your home or office for your ipod this is it. Due to its weight, size and lack of battery power I wouldn't class this as a portable set of speakers. However if you want to take it on your Hols then BOSE sell a carry bag for it.