BOSE SoundDock Series 2

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by macman4789, May 1, 2009.

  1. macman4789 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking of getting this, I've seen that it's got an auxillary input. Does this mean I can plug my imac to it and use it as desktop speakers? I want to use it primarily as computer speakers and then now and again plug my iphone 3g in.

    Also if you can plug your imac in, will the quality of cable affect the sound quality?

  2. macman4789 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
  3. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)
    dont know anything about the sound quality but if its got an aux input then you should be able to use it with your imac the same as you would with any other pair of pc/ipod speakers.
  4. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    It's very popular in the audiophile world to bash Bose as overpriced and mediocre. I am not a Bose-basher, as I think many of their products are good (particularly some of their pro audio gear). However, I do believe that their stuff is generally too expensive.

    If you buy the Bose SoundDock, it's likely you'll be happy with it. However, it's almost certain that you can get something cheaper that sounds just as good or something for the same price that sounds better. I would recommend doing some good research and figuring out who makes similar gear and whether or not it would be a good fit for your needs. At that point, you'd probably be best off trying to listen to the various candidates and choosing the one you like the best.

    For researching audio/video related gear, it's my opinion that AVS Forums is the best place to go.
  5. Eyedn macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    Was that pro audio and bose in the same sentence?


    The sound-dock actually makes a nice little hub to put your iphone/ipod in and listen to, and you could use it as a desktop speaker, but surely you would get sound from one side only.
  6. Ping Guo macrumors 6502

    Ping Guo

    Oct 5, 2008
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Using the SoundDock as external speakers for your iMac doesn't seem ideal, as it's an all-in-one unit you can't separate the left and right speakers, so how would you position it with your iMac? In front is awkward, behind maybe better but then you have to reach behind to access the dock.

    I would advise going with a quality pair of powered nearfield monitors. I'm waiting to pull the trigger on a pair of Audioengine A5s:

    They have a powered USB port on the top where you can charge your iPhone, and 2 1/8" jacks so you can keep your your iPhone and iMac connected at the same time.

    I haven't heard the Bose myself, but Audioengine gets rave reviews. Some even say they compare to pro monitors costing thousands, so safe to say they'll blow away the Bose quality-wise. If your room is smaller in size you might want to look at the cheaper A2s as well.

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