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Update: New Bose SoundDock for iPod features wireless remote

picChristian Hieber of iPodFun.de, a German language iPod website, has learned more about the Bose SoundDock while attending Apple Expo Paris. The SoundDock dock acts as a charging station and features an IR (infrared) port for use with an included wireless remote control for the iPod. Pricing is set at $299 and is expected to ship October 15. Christian had a chance to demo the SoundDock and said, “It looks like a fine, well designed and powerful living room item. The sound is amazing, although there is no subwoofer, it’s okay with the bass. But it’s pricey. It works with 3G/4G iPods and mini iPods.”

While on stage at the Keynote address at Apple Expo Paris, Vice President of WorldWide Marketing, Phil Schiller revealed that Bose has developed a speaker system for iPod named the SoundDock. The photo to the right depicts a large rectangular speaker grill with an integrated dock for the iPod. Details about the new Bose unit have yet to be released.

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21

give me something from B&O

Posted by romsel on August 31, 2004 at 3:55 PM (CDT)

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Bose is garbage.  Complete marketing; crappy sound.  Bose is aimed at people who no very little about audio but can be sold on marketing and don’t mind paying a premium for it.  Perhaps this will be a departure (visual design is good), but I doubt it.

Posted by TGS on August 31, 2004 at 5:58 PM (CDT)

23

Too big. Dockable speaker units should be small and portable.

Posted by umijin on August 31, 2004 at 6:21 PM (CDT)

24

one simple question;

when are they going to make one with an alarm and radio built in. Those components cost $10 at wal-mart. Give me a break!

Posted by menelaus22 on August 31, 2004 at 7:29 PM (CDT)

25

I’m holding out for something from Klipsch!

Posted by wildbill on August 31, 2004 at 7:39 PM (CDT)

26

It’s not that big, it’s just that in comparison with the ipod it seems big. If u look at the picture u can see the height is only about 5/3rds the ipod’s height.  It also looks bigger because of the odd dimensions. Judging by the picture (ipods proportions multiplied) i got
7in x 12in
By my experience that’s smaller than your typical stereo… much smaller.

I don’t know your experiences but personally there have been many more than just one occasion where I’ve been in a friend’s car, or in a circuit city, or at someone’s home theater where i’ve heard incredible sound and have asked the brand of the sound system for future reference and they’ve happened to be bose. I didn’t even notice the advertising for bose until after these experiences.
On the other hand, i havent heard all of their products so for all i know they could be like Sony. Who made its name making good products but (it seems to me) that lately has been giving up quality just because they know people are hooked on the name. Also, even though it is one of the best (if not THE best) brands of sound systems ive heard i debate all the time weather sound outweighs price.
In the case of the iPod i stayed with it even though from the point of view of one without, almost every other company has a better version of it.
I don’t know, i think the only way any of us will be able to judge is to put it to the test ourselves and just return it if we don’t like it.

my 2ยข

Posted by andres in Miami on August 31, 2004 at 7:59 PM (CDT)

27

“Better Marketing Through Research”

I’d rather see something similar from Tivoli Audio (other than that iPAL) for the fraction of the Bose.

Posted by Okay on August 31, 2004 at 8:08 PM (CDT)

28

Anyone else have Gmail and feel like passing it on?

Posted by pigpen65 on August 31, 2004 at 9:53 PM (CDT)

29

Bose is not all bad! The make some of the best noise cancelling headphones! but i have to agree on the fact that the speakers are overpriced for what you purchase them for.

Posted by ryan on August 31, 2004 at 10:21 PM (CDT)

30

bose’s acoustimass systems suck..other than that, they make decent products…like the wave radio and their headphones. their main amd shelf speakers are good too…im a paradigm and sennheiser user, and ive listened to many speakers…and i kno that bose provides an excellent sound for its demographic, and its availability is great. i agree they are over priced.  i also agree with andres comment, because its true that most people, who arent audiophiles, do prefer the sound of bose, because bose speakers are designed like that…as for this product..its just not practical to spend 300-400 dollars more for speakers for an ipod…just connect it to nice computer speakers or the stereo…

Posted by danta on August 31, 2004 at 10:42 PM (CDT)

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no, bose headphones aren’t very good, either…and if you want noise-cancelling, look at the shure or etymotic earbuds.

the reason bose sounds “good” is because they overemphasize certain frequencies…but you never hear the music as it was recorded or intended to sound…thus, musicians, audiophiles, and hard-core music lovers hate bose…me included.  there’s a lot out there for the same price that sounds way better, folks…

Posted by continueTHEboseBASHING on August 31, 2004 at 11:26 PM (CDT)

32

a lot of the consumer sony products aren’t very good…but some of the high-end Sony stuff is very good, like some of their SACD players…the stuff you won’t find at BB.  so, don’t bash all sony products…on the other hand, it’s okay to bash all bose products.

Posted by no-bose on August 31, 2004 at 11:29 PM (CDT)

33

Bose + B & 0.  Bose makes okay products, decent, but far overpriced.  Now, Bang & Olufsen, make crap shit, and charge you hundreds for their stunning ‘design.’ Bleh.  Give me some Ikarashis anyday.

Posted by nox on September 1, 2004 at 12:13 AM (CDT)

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no offense to most people on this topic - but a majority of u dont know speakers - and havent experienced sound - lets take it to the level that most of u havent heard B&W speakers or Meridian?Spelling or any other high end for that matter.  THats like a honda owner claiming his car handles better than a ferrari - Not to mention the recievers!  SONy is garbage - thats like a ford - HKardon 2 ! thats a daewoo - i can keep going but must of u wont understand until u listen 2 high end equipment.  Bose is like the lincoln - immitation high quality but never ever there with the likes of a bMW or benz - and if u believe they sound good - thats great - u just havent heard anything great yet!  i think that said it best -
and yes monster is overpriced and decent -

p.s. im running Marantz SR8200 Receiver, B&W 601Sr3 fronts, B&W ASW600, Bello hardware
Video Equipment : 30” Toshiba Hi-Def Widescreen, ReplayTV 5505 xbox hacked tsop 120gb

Posted by gabe on September 1, 2004 at 12:20 AM (CDT)

35

Gabe-

Sounds like you have quite a nice set-up there…but, why didn’t you get the 801 speakers?

Anyhow, your system is a bit of overkill for what most people here are using…an iPod!  Who would run an iPod through a system like that?

Posted by Big Sid on September 1, 2004 at 12:34 AM (CDT)

36

Bose always has a gimmick to move their products…the gimmick in this case will be that the Bose will play louder than anything next o it at the Apple Sore and they will sell like hotcakes…not much competition in the Apple Store.

I imagine some of the people here who are hyping the Bose headphones are doing so because they compared them to their iPod earbuds and nothing else.  Anything sounds better than those earbuds.

Posted by Big Sid on September 1, 2004 at 12:37 AM (CDT)

37

No doubt, Bose is the king of the Home-Theatre-In-A-Box, but for those of us with more discerning tastes, it simply won’t do.  Oh, and by the way, high-end cables actually do make a difference.

I’m running a Yamaha RX-V1400 with Paradigm Monitor 7’s and Minis for rears.  Not too shabby for a poor college student.

Posted by seandavid010 in So Cal on September 1, 2004 at 12:38 AM (CDT)

38

“Bose is garbage. Complete marketing; crappy sound. Bose is aimed at people who no very little about audio but can be sold on marketing and don’t mind paying a premium for it. Perhaps this will be a departure (visual design is good), but I doubt it.”

people often say the same thing about apple and computers

Posted by hmm on September 1, 2004 at 2:57 AM (CDT)

39

For $460 I would rather purchase a good quality shelf stereo system and a Monster iCable, or a good pair of headphones or earphones. Wait a minute, i already did! I think Bose is wanting to tap into the “conspicuous consumption” market.

Posted by meat of moose on September 1, 2004 at 4:10 AM (CDT)

40

The US price is expected to be $299,- plus tax Bose told me.

Posted by Chris (iPodFun.de) on September 1, 2004 at 5:28 AM (CDT)

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