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Bose debuts SoundDock 10 speaker system

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Bose has introduced its new SoundDock 10 speaker for the iPod, iPhone, and other portable devices. Unlike prior SoundDock models, which have been iPod-only, the SoundDock 10 features an interchangeable dock, allowing the included iPod/iPhone dock to be switched out with an A2DP Bluetooth audio receiver, or docks made for competing devices, should Bose choose to release them. Other features include a 19 pound, 10-inch-deep body, dual, front-facing “Twiddlers” to provide midrange and treble, a large, rear-firing woofer, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, composite video output, and included remote control. The Bose SoundDock 10 is set for a September 21 release and will sell for $599. [via Engadget]

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19lbs?! I like to workout listening to my music, not carrying it around. I sure hope Bose isn’t advertising this as being as portable as the other SoundDock systems.

Posted by Michigan Dane on September 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM (PDT)

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Man, that little sliver of plastic used for the “Bose” badging just keeps getting more and more expensive.

What a farce. $600 for nothing more than marketing hype.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on September 17, 2009 at 10:36 AM (PDT)

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wow, today bose austria indroduced the new sounddock 10 system as well, and i nearly fell from my seat when i saw the price: 799,- €! this would equal the double US-price: 1200$ for a stupid ipod-dock! bose has become crazy…

Posted by oluv on October 19, 2009 at 8:54 AM (PDT)

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I purchased the SoundDock 10 speaker three weeks ago. Compared to other iPod speakers I have owned (SoundDock II, Altec Lansing, and Apple’s iPod Hi-Fi speaker), this speaker offers superior sound…SIGNIFICANTLY better than the smaller Bose SoundDock II which I found deficient in Treble frequencies and a little muddy and anemic in the bass.

SoundDock 10 demonstrates well-defined bass, convincing mid-tonal quality and bright highs which suits my ear, although on some tracks one would like to have the option of applying some treble control. [Note: the unit lacks bass and treble controls]. The overall sound is accurate with excellent discrimination between instruments. It is certainly a “keeper” in my household.

The question of portability is subjective, but in my view it is semi-portable. You wouldn’t lug its 20 lbs around town on foot, but it is easily moved from room-to-room or house to car. I routinely carry the unit—inverted—in a handheld Bugatti Catalogue Case, measuring 17” x 12” x 7”.

Hope this helps.
John

Posted by John McEachern on October 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM (PDT)

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I keep hoping iLounge will do a review of the SoundDock 10.  CNET gave it a very positive review a few weeks ago.

I recently bought a B&W Zeppelin but before I did I spent a day comparing it to the SD 10 by driving back and forth between my two local dealers and listening to the same music on both units.  In the end I decided to go with the Zeppelin but it was a close call.  The sound quality of both is excellent, but I thought the Zeppelin had much better stereo separation and a better design for docking iPods.

And I have to admit that my decision was also based in part on the fact that I already own a number of Bose products, like the Wave Radio, SoundDock Portable, MusicMonitors and QC3’s, so I was in the mood to try something different. 

I’d really love to see a head to head review, which would be a natural since they’re both designed and priced to go after the same high-end iPod audio market.

Posted by Downing on November 2, 2009 at 5:03 PM (PDT)

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Cnet’s reviews are terrible. Basically worthless. Buying a $600 Bose speaker is a waste too. Spend the money on the Zeppelin instead.

Posted by Zarn on November 2, 2009 at 5:26 PM (PDT)

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I agree with oluv, in the UK IT’S £699. $599 IN THE U.S. £699 in the UK and 799€  that’s the truly disgusting part.

Posted by matt scarlett on November 5, 2009 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

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Bose sounddock 10 comes with bluetooth in Europe, thats why its more expensive, unlike in usa where you buy it separetly for $149.

Posted by Patrick on November 5, 2009 at 11:35 PM (PDT)

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