Bose SoundDock 10 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock (Old Version)
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Bose SoundDock 10 vs B&W zepplin Jun 05, 2010
By M. Lisi
I began this comparison as a totally neutral party. My goal was to find a one piece music system that provided the very best sound. I researched different options for several months and narrowed my choices to the Bose SoundDock 10 and the B&W Zeppelin. These were both "high-end" systems, but I knew it would take a good system to serve as a suitable replacement for high quality separate components. To begin my evaluation I made a playlist including 50 songs encoded in apple lossless format from my CD collection. Then I critically listened to portions of each of those songs on my home reference system which is a pair of Dynaudio Contour 1.8MkII towers, NAD amplification, NAD preamp, and Marantz CD player with Crystal DAC. I made sure that I listened at a volume that was comparable to the volume that I would be using during evaluation of the two systems. I played pink noise through each system for 50 hours to break everything in and then I level matched the systems for volume using a pink noise track and SPL meter. Then I listened to portions of all 50 songs on both systems. Then I had my wife listen to 5 of her favorite songs through both the Sound dock 10 and the Zeppelin. I made sure that she was unable to determine which system was playing. She doesn't care about sound systems in the least and she did not know anything about either system, so I knew that she would be a relatively unbiased reviewer. After my listening tests three things were apparent, 1) The Bose system could go louder, 2) The Bose could produce more and slightly deeper bass, 3)The Bose sounded hollow, unbalanced, and anemic, compared to the refined and absolutely musical performance of the B&W. Even where the bass was less pronounced it was musical, tight, and tonally correct. The Bose was loud and "boomy", but fell flat at producing real MUSIC. I was amazed at how every single song sounded better on the B&W, Some songs more than others. Acoustic instruments, synth, classical, pop, vocals, bass guitar, big band and dance all sounded better, more accurate, and more dynamic on the B&W. Not once did the Bose sound better to my ears, but perhaps my wife, who was under the impression that B&W made cars, will like the Bose sound that so many people flock to. So...how did my wife feel about these two systems? Without the benefit of her eyes to bias her, she picked the B&W as sounding far better every single time. I finally threw in a Jack Johnson track that I thought really brought out the best in the Bose and created a little low frequency resonance in the B&W, but even then the B&W resolved his voice and guitar licks so fluidly that we preferred the Zeppelin version. Her exact words were "it is rich, and the instruments sound like they are in the room. In fact they remind me of your big speakers." Enough said!!! In some cerebral way, the B&W was likened to an $8,000 stereo. In its defense the Bose SoundDock 10 has some characteristics that may make it the right choice for you. It is quite a bit louder than the Zeppelin, and doesn't sweat a bit when the volume is up. It just doesn't sound as good at any of the volumes that the B&W can attain. The B&W is loud enough for me. Needless to say the SoundDock is going back to Bose today, and the B&W will be staying right where it is! I hope this help the folks out there that were struggling with the same decision that I was. Thanks!
76 of 83 found the following review helpful:
Bose actually aces one! Oct 08, 2009
By Mark A. Shallcross
This is a very, very nice piece of hardware indeed. I had one of their 5-piece floor speaker systems from the mid 1990's, and frankly, this sounds better than that. Not cheap, of course, and if you want detectable stereo separation stick with headphones. There are no controls on the unit itself - everything is done through the iPod menu, making it immediately familiar, either by twiddling the iPod itself or through a supplied remote.
Be nice if you could access more of the iPod menu tree from the remote rather than the primary emphasis on nexting thu playlists, not albums. You may next WITHIN an album though, but not within an artist. Oh well, time to hack together a bunch more lists. With 4500 tracks on the pod, I tend to go thru Music/Artists, and never spent a lot of time putting together lists other than a few I downloaded. Being middle-aged, I grew up listening to albums at a time, just my background I suppose. Cueing LP's had overhead!
I now carry the iPhone around with me, making this the perfect resting place for my previously retired iPod classic. It does pack a decent punch, by the way - they do not publish output wattage but will draw a max of 150 watts input, whatever that translates to for output. Fills a cathedral-ceiling lr/dr nicely, with pretty kick-butt bass for it's size.
68 of 75 found the following review helpful:
This is the real Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin) of Ipod docks... Sep 30, 2009
By Anthony Edwards
I have owned several high end speaker/dock units including GenevaSound's L, B&W's Zeppelin, Jamo's i300 , as well as several Altecs, Logitecs, Bose SoundDock I, II, and Portable, and Soundmatters excellent FoxL mini speaker ($200.00) and many many more.
This is Bose at its very best. No balance, treble, bass, or surround control to dilute it's audio signal. It is like hearing my Shure SE530 earphones for the first time...Pure Magic! I really think the SoundDock 10 even sounds better than the $600.00 asking price. One thing I've noticed, when you change iPods, the EQ setting goes back to off on which ever iPod you have just docked.
22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Perfect Sound With Room For Improvement Mar 07, 2010
Bose is well-known for digging good sound out of the most unexpected places. It's gotten to the point that buying a Bose is buying sound quality whether in a large or small package. The Sounddock 10 is not the smallest package (at 18 lbs) but by no means is it a large package. It can be moved around, but be prepared to find a good spot for it and leave it there. And it sounds great everywhere I've put it. It is the best sounding Ipod Dock out there and the easiest one on the eyes. It is not an eyesore like its two closest competitors.
I have an iphone and it works perfectly with this sounddock. All you have to do is attach it to the dock and start playing. All of the controls are on the remote so don't lose it or you will have to buy another one. It was less than 10 minutes from opening the box to listening to Bad Romance - The Remixes. I also tried Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3. I fell in love with my Bose Sounddock 10.
I then bought the Bose® SoundDock® 10 Bluetooth® dock. Here is where there is room for improvement. To get Bluetooth to work, you have to detach the traditional iphone/ipod attachment. Removing this attachment and installing the Bluetooth attachment took less than 10 minutes, but it is clearly not something you want to do over and over. Now, I don't say what it looks like, but the bluetooth adaptor is not the prettiest thing, especially when you consider the handsome looks of this Bose dock.
How does it sound when streaming music from Iphone to Bose Sounddock 10 via Bluetooth? Great. But (yes there is a but) you are going to immediately have breaks in sound. First, the iphone's WI-FI, if you have it on, will cut through the sound everytime the Iphone tries to send or receive mail. I had to turn off WI-FI. You will also get some breaks in sound if there is a stray Bluetooth signal running around. I live in a condo and you can't avoid all the WI-FI and Bluetooth signals running around. I alone have at least 8 components communicating via WI-FI. BTW, even when the Iphone connects to email via the Edge network, there will also be a break in sound. This has to do with the Iphone's limited multi-tasking capabilities. Also, when in bluetooth mode, the Bose remote control will not work other than for volume.
Still, it is nice to have the phone near when someone calls and not have to get up and detach it from the dock to answer it. Hmmm, maybe the best solution will be to have an Ipod just for the dock.
When all is said and done, it is expensive. Can you put a price on great sound? Yes, and $600 seems a little steep. I love my dock and can live with the price I paid, but the additional $150 for the Bluetooth adaptor is something I could have done without. In short, for $600 you get a reasonably compact, easy to use, good looking and great sounding dock.
20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Face It Dec 07, 2009
By B. Cannon
Although this product costs as much as some mid-level entertainment systems, there are people out there, like my parents, who have no idea how to use multiple remotes, hook up different wires, and don't really have any interest to do so but have joined the digital revolution by buying and learning how to use Ipods. That's who this system if for in my opinion, people that just want superior, big sound from their Ipod/Iphone without the fuss of managing a multiple component entertainment system. Plus, it replaces large speakers and stereo equipment that some people don't want taking up space in their family room or what have you. You can say that the smaller Bose Sounddock replaces a semi-portable shelf top system for a bedroom while this Sounddock 10 replaces a larger receiver and speakers system that might be used in a larger family room and kitchen. So in conclusion, obviously it's not the best use of $600 for someone who knows their way around a stereo/entertainment system but it can't be beat for a "plug and play" no fuss Ipod/Iphone speaker system that kicks out great sound. I think odds are that Bose will eventually reduce the price, I can't imagine they are selling a ton of them in this economy.
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