Bose SoundDock 10 -- Most Expensive iPod Speaker System Ever?

"Bose" and "budget" just don't go in the same sentence together, and that fact has never been more true with the introduction of the company's latest iPod music system. As families across the world look for ways to cut back, Bose is helping you find new ways to splurge, as the SoundDock 10 is right up there with the most expensive iPod accessories known to man.

We never expected a device to make B&W's Zeppelin Mini look inexpensive, but the large MSRP here sure had that effect. Packing a traditional Bose design, this one-piece speaker system is considered a "premium" device and was designed specifically for Apple's runaway hit, the iPod. Measuring approximately 9" high, 17" wide and 10" deep, it incorporates new and existing Bose technologies, including a new version of Bose proprietary waveguide technology -- debuting for the first time and developed specifically for the SoundDock 10 system. It is matched with a newly designed Bose woofer, which supposedly delivers 4x the efficiency of a conventional woofer.

That's about as detailed as Bose gets, but the company does make clear that this works fine with any click-wheel iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G and/or iPhone 3GS. For those with Bluetooth devices, a $149 BT dock is offered separately and streams music wirelessly from a stereo Bluetooth music phone. There's also a 3.5mm aux jack for connecting other sources, and the video output even lets you pass through media while docked to at TV.

Bose is shipping the SoundDock 10 starting on September 21st, but you'll have to find $599 before you can grab one.
Via:  Business Wire
Tags:  iPod, music, Audio, Bose, sounddock
Crisis Causer 5 years ago

Audiophiles.  I'll never understand them.  I'd rather buy cheap speakers out of the back of a van.

$599 US Dollars... I will always associate that with PS3 at E3 2006.  Ha, you could get a PS3+360 for this price now-a-days.  Not really comparable to a speaker, but really a much better use of your money imo.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]Audiophiles.  I'll never understand them.[/quote]

Same. I can't tell the difference in nice and crappy speakers. Jen can, but she would never want this. She has a nice audio setup that she plugs in here computer into.

I could see spending $599 on speakers and amp and stuff, but really for a iPod dock?

realneil 5 years ago

It depends on the money situation you're in I guess.

Bose products sound awesome. Their cost can make a grown man cry though.

My sister has lots of money and owns the Bose predecessor to this iPod docking device. She has the Bose wave radio/CD player in her bedroom, Bose Headphones, and the Bose surround sound system in her living room. I guess you could say she's wrapped hes A*s in Bose. She says it's worth the money to her.

Myself, I go more for mid-range deals. There are allot of nice units out there that sound good for far less money.

Crisis Causer 5 years ago

I have listened to music on Bose headphones, and you're right that they sound really good.  But I am teh uber poor.

ClemSnide 5 years ago

I'm not an audiophile myself, but remember that I know more blind people than the average Joe. The ones whose music systems I know about go with Bose.

One of them is a professional musician (glass armonicaist Carolynn Skyler)*. One is a professional piano tuner (that's the guy the laptop HD is going to). And one is an expert in 18th and 19th century firearms. (I mention that not because it has anything to do with music but because it's pretty interesting.) But all live in a world where sound is more important than it is for most people. Since they don't have to spend huge chunks of money on wide-screen TVs, they can spend said money on high-end audio devices.

Now, there are sighted audiophiles too, and I don't know what brand they prefer; and in fact I may just know an oddly skewed sample of blind people. But I think it speaks pretty highly for Bose, not only regarding the quality but also the user interface.


*: Don't worry, the kid shuts up and lets you hear the music after a few seconds! The 18th century fellow that the camera pans briefly to is not me, but rather Bill Robling, one of Philadelphia's best Franklin interpreters. Here he's portraying Samuel Wetherill at the Free Quaker Meeting House. Carolinn has a CD full of Christmas music, $15; if anyone's interested email me and I'll hook you up.

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