Bose SoundDock: Sound King

Bose have got quite the reputation for being the kings of audio and it’s one that they rightly deserve over their impressive efforts to create high quality devices that can pleasure the ears of many and make audiophiles go weak at the knees. ¬†However, sound royalty doesn’t come cheap but if you like your music, it deserves the best and only the best at that, right?

The Bose SoundDock for iPods and iPhones promises exactly that and started what the American audio giants describe as a ‘revolution’ in docking station systems. With a statement like that, how could we not try it out for ourselves?

Design

The Bose SoundDock has taken a simple approach to its appearance and the dominant grey grill speaker makes its purpose in life clear. This is neatly wrapped in a sturdy black plastic cover with the dock connection taking centre stage on a curved platform at the front which your iPod or iPhone will fit into like a glove. You’ll also find two sturdy rubberised buttons on either side of the dock which you can use to manually change the volume.

Docking your device is straight forward and can be done using the supplied inserts or via the universal one combined with Apple’s own insert. While the plain yet smart design will easily fit in with the furniture, the SoundDock is a bit of a dust magnet so be prepared to clean it off on a regular basis to keep it looking spick and span.

The remote control gives the SoundDock all of its main functionality and compliments it nicely with a similar grey and black design. It has all the essential keys – play, pause, switch tracks and volume controls – which are soft to press but nonetheless feel built to last. It’s incredibly thin as well, making it easy to slip away when you’re not using the dock but of course, can be a little harder to track down than a heftier TV remote should you misplace it.

Functions

From the moment you press play, it’s clear that you’re in the hands of Bose excellence. The sound is tidily organised and each channel of a track is perfectly defined giving songs a real sense of character. The SoundDock also finds the key parts of each song without drowning the backing track out creating an authentic listening experience which compliments whatever style of music you throw its way.

The bass is solid yet it doesn’t have the deepest pitch. It’s perfectly acceptable for casual listening but won’t exactly rattle your bones if you’re looking for a more adventurous music player. However, the SoundDock manages to hold it together well when the volume is cranked up to the max and the overall quality of tracks don’t crumble under the pressure maintaining a clear and coherent sound.

The Bose SoundDock doesn’t come with any additional bells and whistles and the remote makes all the difference to the overall user experience. The dock picks up the remote from a good few feet away and is responsive to your commands. It also charges your iPod/iPhone which comes in particularly handy when you intend to play music for a considerable amount of time. You can’t switch to the different music menus on your iPod using the remote but it’s easy enough to manually change tracks while your device is docked.

What’s in the box?

  • Bose SoundDock
  • Remote control
  • Power cord and power pack
  • 2 dock inserts for the iPhone and iPod
  • Universal dock

Any downsides?

Although we were blown away by the crystal clear sound quality the SoundDock produces, we would have liked it to have had a greater sense of scale. We understand that this particular product is at the cheaper end of the Bose sound system line, but some songs weren’t fully justified by the speaker’s lack of depth.

Conclusion

We can see why Bose are proud of the SoundDock as while it only has one real purpose, it does that extremely well and we would much rather have something that does a good job at one thing, than have lots of different features that it just can’t handle. The Bose SoundDock is definitely worth making noise about!

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