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Review of the Bose SoundDock iPod and iPhone Speaker System

Updated on September 28, 2013

The Bose SoundDock is a speaker system that is compatible with the following iPod and iPhone models:

  • iPod and iPhone 5th generation - with the purchase of an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (only the Apple model will play audio) or you can pay $50 more and get a Bose dock with the adapter
  • iPod Touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generation)
  • iPod Classic
  • iPod Mini
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS and 3G
  • iPhone

I originally bought a Speakal iCrystal Stereo Docking Station with Two Speakers for iPod system to use with my iPod Touch. Unfortunately, it went bad in about a week (although it is a highly rated system) and I had to return it. The Speakal iCrystal system cost me $60 from amazon.com. The Bose system cost $200 at Costco. Despite being cheaper, the Speakal had features that the Bose SoundDock lacks. But I'm still happier with the Bose system.

If you want some more features look into the Bose SoundDock Series II Digital Music System for iPod, which is just a little more expensive.

Review of the Bose SoundDock iPod and iPhone Speaker System
Review of the Bose SoundDock iPod and iPhone Speaker System

Bose SoundDock Pros

Bose is known for its excellent sound quality and that's definitely what you will get from the SoundDock. The Speakal iCrystal had very good audio quality. But the Bose is definitely far superior, especially the amazing deep bass sound. According to the product description on amazon.com:

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.

This is definitely true. I was listening to a John Denver album and the audio was so clear and natural, it almost sounded like he was right there singing. I've listened to this album numerous times and it never sounded so good. This is true of all my favorite albums. Some songs I didn't care for before sound so much better on this system that I have actually taken a likening to them. I've noticed acoustic guitars in songs that I hadn't noticed before.

I have listened to rock, pop, dance, jazz, country and classical music and all sound excellent. Not only that, it's possible to turn this up really loud without distortion. It could easily fill a large sized room and probably a midsized backyard.

Bose SoundDock Cons

The remote control doesn't have anything other than next, last, play, volume controls and off. The Speakal remote had more features. Albums or playlists have to be changed directly on the iPod.

It doesn't have a 3.5-mm auxiliary input like the Speakal system, so you can't use it with any other mp3 player. The Bose SoundDock Series II Digital Music System for iPod does have this feature.

It's a little heavy with a long cable and power supply, so it's a little awkward carry it from room to room.

This system can't run on batteries, so you will need an outlet to run it.

Despite these disadvantages, sound quality is by far the most important thing to me. So, that alone makes it preferable over the Speakal iCrystal.

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