Summary: First, the clear plastic IPod and IPhone holders do not allow the pod or phone to make complete electrical connection to the 30 pin male connector on the dock. The male 30 pin connector though holds the IPod well enough to be ok and work with the dock. The sound is good and much better than the IPod or IPhone speakers.
Summary: I was looking for an iphone dock for bedroom to listen to Pandora, was thinking about getting another Sony dock (which I have for the past two years and very happy w/ it), but read the reviews on this unit, and decided to buy it because of good reviews and a very good price by Amazon. I tell you that for sure I am not disappointed and pleasently surprised!