Bose SoundDock 10 digital music system

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Mind-Blowing Sound with Small Footprint

Apr 19, 2012 (Updated Apr 19, 2012)
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Pros:Jaw-dropping, high quality sound in a well designed unit that doesn't take up much space.

Cons:Yeah, it's a bit spendy.

The Bottom Line: Premium quality sound at a decent price for the quality, ease of use and wow-producing sound output.


A number of years ago I bought the Bose SoundDock Portable and was wowed by the high quality of the sound. That same unit is still performing well but when I heard the SoundDock 10, it was difficult to walk away. It called me back. 


The SoundDock 10 is not designed to be portable as the smaller models are. It does not have a built-in handle and it does not run off of battery power. It is "trans-portable", meaning you can call Mr. Scott and have him beam it from place to place. It's bigger, heavier but still easy to move from place to place. Just don't drop it. It's heavy. It's just not designed to be used on the go. There is a reason for that.


This bigger version delivers room or patio-filling sound. It is all in the world anyone needs for a home theater system. Yes, it's that good. When I think of all of the money I have wasted over the years on speakers, amps and whatnot only to find this one box outperforms them all, I'm a little angry with myself. This easily outperforms cabinet speakers which cost four times the SoundDock 10 price (each) while maintaining a small footprint that allows it to fit in just about anywhere. It has a 1/8" stereo jack on the back for connecting to a source which can be anything with an output from a big screen TV, portable CD player, etc. That's it. No complicated connections.


Connect it to your home entertainment system and forget it. It is turned on by the audio input signal and off when the signal is no loger there. It can become a truly transparent part of an entertianment system which doesn't require any fiddling when starting the TV. It comes with a small IR remote which can be used to raise and lower volume but once set to a comfortable level, the SoundDock will track the changes in the source volume.


But then there is the "dock" part. This, like all other Bose SoundDock products, is designed to give input priority to a docked iPod or iPhone. It charges the iOS device while using it as a source and the small, simple remote control can be used to move through playlists, skip forward and back and adjust volume. If you have Pandora or a radio tuner app, you can play "live" music. The dock part is substantial and sturdy. It does not feel cheap or creak when a device is docked or removed. 


The sound. How can one describe such sound? The SoundDock 10 is the best SoundDock yet offering bass that can make things move on shelves and highs and midrange sounds which are reproduced accurately. I was simply amazed by how much sound was in my music that I had not been hearing through the ear buds. This brought my music to life from Tejano to Vivaldi to soaring operatic vocals. I was literally blown away by the sound quality. Outdoors with ambient background noice, it punches through to deliver great sound even at low to modest volume. Want to turn it up? Make sure the neighbors share your taste in music because this can make the neighbors jump. 


The box contains the SoundDock 10, the small IR remote and the power supply. Instructions are provided but operating this is a no-brainer to anyone who can press a doorbell. In fact, it is easier. Materials are all high quality. This unit does not flex or squeak when handled. It's solid, well made and just has the feel of quality to it.


The SoundDock 10 is not cheap but the quality justifies the price. This costs less than a pair of box speakers and is a self-contained, self-tuned powered amp/speaker system that costs less than one good quality floor speaker. It's also a lot easier to positon and move around a house or even a small apartment. This and a source are really all anyone needs to have years of top quality sound from audio and video sources. Two weeks after gulping a bit at the purchase price, I'm glad I bought it. I can make movies rumble now without boxes all over the room or hideous expense.


Recommend this product? Yes


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