Review: Bose SoundDock

A while ago, I picked up the Bose Sound Dock and I really like it. When I bought it, the main competitor was the JBL On Stage speaker device, which didn’t have a remote control (JBL now offers the JBL On Stage II, which comes with a remote).

Here’s what’s good about the Bose speaker: you can make it really loud. It also turns out that a remote is extremely handy (I didn’t realize how much I would use it). It uses a line-of-sight/infrared remote rather than RF, but the remote receiver must be behind the speaker grill, because the remote works at almost any angle. The controls on both the speaker and the remote make sense. The SoundDock is perfect for piping out tunes while you wash the dishes, for example.

The only thing I dislike is that the device doesn’t have a line-out capability, so you can’t use it as an easy way to hook your iPod up to a stereo or into your computer. Otherwise, it’s pretty nice.

19 Responses to Review: Bose SoundDock (Leave a comment)

  1. Interesting.. I always wondered how those sounded. Wonder why it doesnt use RF ? Bose was one of the first stereo systems that used RF remotes if I remember right for here home audio.

  2. The SoundDock is great, the sound quality is superb and the volume can fill any room with pristine sound. I held off on getting one for ages, they are very expensive, but after hearing one across the room in the very noisy Apple store in Boston I had to have it.

    I was in New York recently, and had my first chance hands-on with the new Apple iPod Hifi thing. It was side by side with the SoundDock, so I Put the same song on both. The iPod HiFi performed miserably. I was hugely disappointed, the one thing I’d love the SoundDock to have is battery power, but the audio is so much better than the HiFi it doesn’t really come into it.

  3. But NOTHING takes the place of Vinyl Records via a Great Turntable

    Except for the pimped-out Yukon that Marathon (car audio company) had touring around North America in the mid-90s as a demo car.

    Any sound system that requires 2 generators and a Mack truck battery, has a 32-band crossover, and causes asphalt to crack underneath it is just too damn cool for words. πŸ™‚

  4. Banned In NJ

    Silly Boys!

    Don’t you know that Apple invented the Bose SoundDock?

    (I guess it’s not that far off base since most people also think they invented the mp3 player) πŸ™‚

  5. Brian

    I just bought the Altec Lancing iM7 boombox from Costco (about $100 less than the Bose). However, nanos don’t rest very well inside. Everything else about it is great, including the loud factor. πŸ™‚

  6. Harith

    Good morning Matt

    I was just about posting off-topic, but then recalled “Guidelines for comments: March 24 2006”.

    So I’m not going to say anything other than;

    Have a great day and a BigDaddy week πŸ™‚

  7. I also own the Bose sound dock and enjoy it a lot. I also have a Air Tunes receiver that allows me to play my music straight from my computer on my Boze 901s in my living room. Now that Apple has come out with the iPod Hi-Fi, I’ll be curious to hear how they compare with the Bose Sound Dock. It’s $50 more than the Bose, but has some nice features like the carry handle and battery power option. Portability is the one thing lacking with the Bose set-up.

  8. I also own the SoundDock and it is really nice. Makes me feel like I get my money’s worth out of my iPod as I listen to it all day, every day.

    You mentioned line-out, Matt, but where Bose really missed was with the lack of a line-in. The Apple HiFi has it and its a bit ironic that Bose has made a more special purpose iPod accessory than Apple has. Bose has got to be feeling the HiFi in the pocketbook.

    More importantly, Apple’s got Bose beat on nice URLs, eh?

  9. Matt, what type of Ipod do you have?

    Does it work with the new 30gig video?

    I’ve found a lot of the accessories I’ve bought for mine say they work with all Ipods, but don’t.

  10. Banned In NJ, I figured I’d better post about the SoundDock before a whole wave of new products made it obsolete. πŸ™‚

    Aaron, I know you’re joking, but I’m pruning it. πŸ™‚

    Ryan, it’s a 4G iPod, so it doesn’t do video. But yes, it does have Linux on it. πŸ™‚

  11. Me too!

    Oh wait, can’t post that anymore πŸ™‚

    I assume you’ve seen Apple’s Hi-Fi. Have you heard it in comparison to the SoundDock?

  12. You hit the nail on the head when you said it needs rear line in and out ports so we can plug other stuff into it. I have this great sirius sportster and when I come in my house I plug it in to my compter so I can utilize the speakers, but it should would be a whole lot nicer if I could plug it or any portable device into the back of the bose system.

  13. My vote is for the BOSE – I had great fun in a UK department store recently playing with the display model ( yes – definitely works with the new video capable IPOD) – turned the volume up real loud – found some meatloaf preloaded and gave the grannies in lingerie a bit of a scare – expensive in the UK but certainly worth it

  14. I thought the sound quality of the Bose was good enough to warrant purchase even though I *really* wanted to have an auxiliary input to connect it to other things.

    After a few months the lack of aux input finally got to me. Last night I hacked my SoundDock to include auxiliary input, so I can plug in a CD player or my laptop and listen from that. It works and sounds great.

    I did a write-up for anyone who wants to void their warrantee and risk loosing their Bose investment:

  15. Will

    I personally have a new Black SoundDock, however a friend of mine has today bought an Ipod HiFi. Between to two i would anyday go for the SoundDock. The Hifi is very large and heavy compared to the compact, smarter looking sounddock which is a hell of a lot lighter. The Hifi seems to play music good but fails in the sound quality department. Let me explain. The HiFi’s sound is loud and has bass but compared the the sounddock on most heavy bass songs you cannot hear words or other layers of the song, just bass. As bose focus on pristine sound quality and spend alot of money researching about it their sound in 110% perfect and alot easier to listen to. So just lettin you know, Bose SoundDock Vs Apple HiFi – Bose will always come out on top.

  16. Bose always good at making small speakers sounding “BIG”. This is their expertise…….

  17. Bose figured out the technology to sound big from mini speakers………….

  18. Bose is always the best speakers for filling large room with small cube speakers.

  19. Bose is definitely the leader in speakers. I read in one of the comments here that bose is the creation of apple you are wrong mate Bose is the creation of Dr. Amar G Bose.