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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Bose SoundDock III with Lightning Support Shipping Later This Month for $250




Following announcements from JBL and Philips regarding their new speaker docks compatible with Apple's Lightning connector, Bose has begun advertising its upcoming SoundDock III digital music system for Lightning-equipped devices. The SoundDock III is priced at $249.95 and is currently listed as shipping in 7-10 business days, making for a rather tight delivery window for holiday shoppers.
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The SoundDock Series III digital music system lets you play music from any iPod or iPhone model with an Apple Lightning connector, and enjoy it with Bose quality sound.

- Proprietary acoustic design delivers a unique combination of small size and proven performance.
- Convenient remote controls the system and basic iPod or iPhone functions, including playlist navigation.
- Works with and charges iPod and iPhone models with an Apple Lightning connector.
- Auxiliary input lets you play other audio devices.
Like JBL, Bose was one of the vendors mentioned by Apple at its September media event as being an early partner on the new Lightning connector. Other early partners who have yet to announce their Lightning speaker products include Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufson, although the latter has announced a free upgrade program that will allow owners of the BeoPlay A8 system to upgrade to the Lightning connector if they prefer a direct connection rather than using the system's AirPlay capabilities.

Article Link: Bose SoundDock III with Lightning Support Shipping Later This Month for $250
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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But then it won't work with the older devices... Oh Apple sometimes you make things so difficult!
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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just wondering.. is there a way where i cld buy this bose attachment (lightning connector protruding thingy) and just replace it into my old bose (diy).
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:56 PM   #4
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Can somebody explain me what the point of this product is?
The bluetooth speaker systems are superior to this.. no plugging in, the iPhone itself is the remote.

Why is this even on the market these days?
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:59 PM   #5
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Can somebody explain me what the point of this product is?
The bluetooth speaker systems are superior to this.. no plugging in, the iPhone itself is the remote.

Why is this even on the market these days?
cos it's a docking station, u do know what that is for, right?
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:01 PM   #6
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sounds good to me. however, I'll stick with my JBL sounddock that has airplay, since I prefer doing that anyways
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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Can somebody explain me what the point of this product is?
The bluetooth speaker systems are superior to this.. no plugging in, the iPhone itself is the remote.

Why is this even on the market these days?
Docking stations charge the iPod and typically (not in this case) also act as alarm clocks that play the iPod's music. And is Bluetooth really as good as digital audio over Lightning? That's not a rhetorical question.

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$250?! That thing had better have some really, really nice speakers to cost that much.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:10 PM   #8
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

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Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:13 PM   #9
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personally, if u can't afford them, dont whine abt it.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:17 PM   #10
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

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Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
I am very informed and I am quite happy with my Lifestyle V20. I have been using it for several years no issues and I will be using it for many more years. Whenever I do have a question or issue I can count on someone that is knowledgeable answering the phone from Framingham, MA that will take care of my issue even if the warranty period is over.

Go ahead and buy whatever you want and then when you have an issue deal with people that can't even speak English and put you on hold for 30 minutes. Been there done that.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 01:34 AM   #11
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
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Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
Sounds like a form over function company.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 01:49 AM   #12
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
Other
Sound
Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."

ANYONE that still posts these, loses all credibility.

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The problem is that people get suckered by their in store theater. Put any audio system in that acoustically perfect room and it'll sound good.
It's hilarious to me to hear all these uninformed people making such statements. You clearly do not know what you are talking about. No clue. None.

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I've got a SoundDock II portable, have had it over four years now, not a hiccup, and sounds fantastic for a portable radio. Bash all you want, they make a quality product.

I have this as well.
This has to be my all time favorite electronics purchase.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 01:51 AM   #13
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
Other
Sound
Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
Wow, you're so creative and funny! I've never heard of any of those hilarious Bose jokes. I'll go buy something from an obscure boutique high end audio company now because people on the internet say it's the best.

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Why would anyone buy these things. For that price you could get AudioEngine A2s and a refurbished Airport Express. Much better sound + AirPlay. I just don't get this product, ever since AirPlay has been out.
For the price of a car I could get many many rides in a taxi. Much more spacious and it drives itself. I just don't get cars ever since the taxi driver was invented.

My point is that it's a different product. It does the same thing (get you to your destination<>play music) but in a different manner.

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The problem is that people get suckered by their in store theater. Put any audio system in that acoustically perfect room and it'll sound good.
Quite the opposite. A room with good acoustic design would accentuate flaws in a poor sound system.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:19 AM   #14
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no highs, no lows...must be bose.

Bose:

Buy
other
sound
equipment

bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"why don't you buy a bose system? I hear they are the best."



"who told you that?"

"they did."
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:28 AM   #15
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
Other
Sound
Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
Their car systems are nice, but I think $40 Sony headphones do the job of the higher-priced Bose headphones.

Have you ever compared a Bose speaker system to the cheaper ones? Just wondering because everyone here who has Bose speaker systems say that they're totally worth it.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:32 AM   #16
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.
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At least for the headphones that is unfortunatelly true. I have the QuiteComfort 15 and although the noise cancellation is the best i've ever experienced, the sound is not even average. The biggest issue is that they almost have no bass (which makes 'em good for movies though). On the other side I can not say that about the sound docks - I actually like the sound of them.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:44 AM   #17
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
Other
Sound
Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
Wow.. You bought all the cliches on the internets.. Have a banana.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:51 AM   #18
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
Other
Sound
Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
This joke was funny last decade. It's not rocket science. Bose, JBL or whatever all will sound similar, just choose the one that looks better or is a bit cheaper.

Stop this crap for once. Thanks in advance.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 11:43 AM   #19
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
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Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
The same could be said for all apple products
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 03:37 PM   #20
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No highs, no lows...must be Bose.

Bose:

Buy
Other
Sound
Equipment

Bose...selling a $300 surround system to the ill informed for $2200.

Bose...the power of marketing.

"Why don't you buy a Bose system? I hear they are the best."

"Who told you that?"

"They did."
I'm very interested in the boldes part. I readily admit I am uninformed on speakers and probably Bose's target audience. Anyway, as for the boldes part, I assume that's in reference to the Bose Lifestyle system (I think that's what it's called). So, what is the $300 equivalent? Very interested.

Or is it a secret?
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:17 AM   #21
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Can somebody explain me what the point of this product is?
The bluetooth speaker systems are superior to this.. no plugging in, the iPhone itself is the remote.

Why is this even on the market these days?
There are several million owners of iPod classics and Nano's, etc. out there, plus the fact that it charges the iPod is a huge convenience.

The SoundDock sounds better than the SoundLink Mobile, IMO.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 11:19 AM   #22
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Agreed!

The issues is, Apple and vendors profit from the idiots that buy this stuff!

Whilst I LOVE Bose (yup, am a Bose fan and user), my comments are general and not about a specific brand.

1. What's the point of putting a device that is made for communication in a dock!!? What if the phone rings while you are listening to music? You have to walk over, undock and answer it!

2. Sound quality from docks is poor because there is little genuine stereo separation.

3. As commenter says, why not stream over Bluetooth or NFC (as I saw being done in Carphone Warehouse, England the other day - excellent sound quality and amazing range!) so you can keep your device on your person!

4. I have yet to use my phone for music outside of the car or when jogging, but when I do use it in the home or office, I'll be streaming my music to a real stereo system, IE, decent amp and pair of speakers.

But my computer speakers and headphones are normally Bose, just like their sound. It's all a matter of taste.



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Can somebody explain me what the point of this product is?
The bluetooth speaker systems are superior to this.. no plugging in, the iPhone itself is the remote.

Why is this even on the market these days?
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 12:25 PM   #23
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The issues is, Apple and vendors profit from the idiots that buy this stuff!

Whilst I LOVE Bose (yup, am a Bose fan and user), my comments are general and not about a specific brand.

1. What's the point of putting a device that is made for communication in a dock!!? What if the phone rings while you are listening to music? You have to walk over, undock and answer it!

2. Sound quality from docks is poor because there is little genuine stereo separation.

3. As commenter says, why not stream over Bluetooth or NFC (as I saw being done in Carphone Warehouse, England the other day - excellent sound quality and amazing range!) so you can keep your device on your person!

4. I have yet to use my phone for music outside of the car or when jogging, but when I do use it in the home or office, I'll be streaming my music to a real stereo system, IE, decent amp and pair of speakers.

But my computer speakers and headphones are normally Bose, just like their sound. It's all a matter of taste.
I dock it at night before I go to bed. And whilst I'm on my desk (in my room) it plays tunes
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Can somebody explain me what the point of this product is?
The bluetooth speaker systems are superior to this.. no plugging in, the iPhone itself is the remote.

Why is this even on the market these days?
You do realize the sound quality over Bluetooth compared to an actual wired connection is significantly worse, right?

So, to answer your question and the other 12 people who upvoted you:

1. First and foremost, sound quality
2. The ability to charge your device
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 11:41 AM   #25
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My opinions about Bose:

Their NC headphones are quite good - for cancelling noise. For audio quality, like the rest of Bose' products, are overpriced. Get BeyerDynamic, Grado, or Sennheiser instead.

Bose doesn't make crap. They make ok products. They just charge too much for them. Lots of Bose product owners like their products. They just don't realize they could have gotten something that sounds just as good for a lot less money.

Like your Wave™ radio? That's good. But a Tivoli radio sounds just as good, if not better. It also looks a lot nicer, and costs much less than a Wave™ radio.
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