Bose SoundDock

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The Bose SoundDock Digital Music System, more commonly simply known as Bose SoundDock, is a speaker sound system which is compatible with Apple's iPod and Apple's iPhone. It was released as Bose's entry into the growing market of iPod-compatible speakers.

SoundDock series I[edit]

The Bose SoundDock system

The SoundDock included an infrared remote that can control an iPod from across a room. The iPod and SoundDock system can also be operated without the remote. When an iPod is docked, all of its controls are accessible, with one-button volume controls available on the SoundDock system's enclosure. The SoundDock can also charge (via firewire) and in the absence of the wall charger will charge up any iPod made before fall 2008.[1] In 2004, the SoundDock featured in Fortune Magazine's 25 Best Products of the Year[2] and 26 Must-Have Gadgets.[3] In 2006, it was the winner of the MacUser Reader's Award for Audio of the Year.[4]

After Bose released the SoundDock series II, the original SoundDock was discontinued in the United States. But as of 2009, a redesigned SoundDock version 2 is currently being sold in the UK along with all the other SoundDock products. The docking station for the SoundDock version 2 is now "Made for iPhone" certified and now charges via USB.[5][6]

Manufacturing quality control is aided by the Bose Syncom measurement system designed in 1972.[7]

SoundDock series II[edit]

On August 21, 2008 Bose announced the SoundDock Series II system to supersede the original SoundDock effective September 2008.[8] This edition is GSM-shielded for iPhone use, has a 3.5mm stereo jack for other devices (e.g., CD player), and the same sound infrastructure found in the Portable edition addressing sound problems from the original release.[9][10] The system was released on September 18, 2008.[11][12]

SoundDock series III[edit]

On December 8, 2012 Bose announced the SoundDock Series III for iPod and iPhone models with a Lightning connector.[13] In addition to the Apple Lightning Connector, MP3 players and other smartphones can be connected through a 3.5mm stereo jack. The Bose SoundDock Series III was rated positively by Techskunk who found that it delivered a rich sound even at low volume.[14]

SoundDock Portable[edit]

On August 29, 2007, Bose announced the creation of the Bose SoundDock Portable,[15] and it was released on September 20, 2007. The Portable has a battery life ranging from 3 to 14 hours depending on bass and listening volume[16][17] Though slightly taller and slimmer than the original, it has an "air duct" on the handle and uses an acoustic waveguide. Compared to the original SoundDock portable, it has improved stereo imaging, midrange response and sonic resolution.[17] It also has a remote that can change between different play lists, and a line input.[16]

SoundDock 10[edit]

At a press event on September 15, 2015 Bose announced the SoundDock 10.[18] Priced at US$599, it measures approx 9" high, 17" wide and 10" deep and weighs about 19 lbs. The SoundDock 10 system is "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" certified.[19]

A Bluetooth dock using A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) is available as an accessory.[20] An infrared remote controls the system and the basic functions of an iPod or iPhone, including playlist navigation.[21]

Features comparison[edit]

Version Dock Connection AUX In Battery iPhone Certified Video Out Upgradable Dock Dual Voltage
SoundDock series I FireWire No No No No No Yes
SoundDock series I v2 USB No No Yes No No Yes
SoundDock series II USB Yes No Yes No No Yes
SoundDock series III Lightning Yes No Yes No No Yes
SoundDock Portable USB Yes Yes No No No Yes
SoundDock Portable v2 USB Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
SoundDock 10 USB Yes No Yes Yes Yes No


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