I'm about to receive my iphone 5s and with that I also would like to add a decent speaker system to my home. That being said, I'm a bit puzzled as to whether I should get a iphone/ipod dock that works like a speaker which can also be connected to a laptop say when I need to (i.e. like the Bose SoundDock III) OR I could get a standard 2.1 stereo speaker system with a subwoofer, connect it to my iphone or my laptop. Here are my requirements : - My laptop, a mac book air 13", needs a dedicated speaker system. My current logictech is broken. - In my iphone, I barely have 10 songs that are purchased from itunes. I use spotify exclusively. So the entire notion of controlling the dock with remote etc is not useful for me. - When listening music, I don't care whether I use my laptop's spotify or my iphone's spotify - both will connect to the same speaker system. And please correct me if I'm wrong but, whether I play my songs from the macbookair or iphone's spotify, as long as the speaker system is the same, the sound quality will be same as well At this point, I don't know the sound quality of these docking systems. The most expensive I can afford is the bose sounddock 3. But for the money I have to pay for that thing, which seems like does nothing other than charging my iPhone since I dont use standard itunes songs, I can buy 2 if not 3 different sets of sound speakers, that are just as good, if not better. The docking stations are usually 1 unit with 2 speakers and a subwoofer integrated whereas other stand alone speakers are separate. Now, the advantage of the dock is, its all in one place, no cables and speakers to manage, the disadvantage is, I'm pretty sure the sound quality suffers because you cannot position the speakers apart from each other. That being said, I have never used or heard any of these iphone docks, so I may be talking nonsense. I need some advice, and that's exactly why I came here for help I hate to say this, but I don't understand why people would buy those expensive docking stations for iphone, maybe I am missing something here.