Summary: I love Bose speakers and bought this speaker and the Bose soundlink mobile bluetooth speaker (costco item # 669000) for my son, who is in active duty and needs to be lightweight when traveling. He tested them both and says the 669000 is much better, has truly amazing sound at half the weight and half the price. So do the math, Bose is always good but bigger is not always better.
Summary: As most people know, Bose has its own sound and this dock is no different. Bose is great at squeezing decent quality sound out of a small and nicely designed package. This dock is definitely quite powerful and can be cranked up without distortion. As with most speaker docks, it needs to be situated near a wall for greatest effect - putting it on an open table or outside will make the sound seem weak. Place it correctly and it sounds 10x better.
Summary: I used the Original Sounddock and it died after 2.5 years. The fact I like in Sounddock is at a low volume it balances all sounds (vocal, treble and Bass) very well compared to other products. Good for bedroom/office room usage. For family room, definitely there are other options at less than half the price. Anyway, I went for Sounddock again and this time I went for Sounddock 10 for only one reason - bluetooth. Wrong decision.
Summary: Reception drops out occasionally. For that, Bose should be ashamed and embarrassed. That simply is not acceptable for a company with their reputation. Why they didn't have reliable, BUILT IN Bluetooth on the expensive SoundDock 10 is a question no one should have to ask. Shame on you, Bose. Other than the occasional drops, it works ok and was very easy to install.
Bose is taking you to the cleaners with this product!
The Guitarman, Amazon
7 March 2012
Summary: First of all for the amount of money I spent on the Sounddock 10, I believe that bluetooth capability should have been built in. Now I bought this product and in order to use it I had to take out the dock and put this bluetooth thing instead, so I lost the ability to have my iPod touch sit inside the Sounddock 10 and charge. Now there was some loss in volume when I used this dock but the Sounddock 10 is still plenty loud.