Bose® SoundDock® Series III Digital Music System: Rock out to your favorite jams with this speaker system that features a proprietary acoustic design that provides full, robust sound. The Lightning connector allows compatibility with select Apple® iPhone® and iPod® models.
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Great Bose sound and compact size
Posted by: Phoenixtech from: Phoenix, AZ on
Looked at available iPhone/iPod speaker systems and chose the Bose unit due to it having a Lightning connector. I've always found Bose products to produce great sound. This unit puts out plenty of volume and has solid bass and rich sound. Not much to say for features as you just plug in your iPhone/iPod and then use the remote to play, adjust volume, skip. etc.
The unit does not take up much deskspace and being only a few inches deep sits nicely at the back of my desk.
62 out of 68 found this review helpful.
Problems playing with case on device (Revised)
Posted by: Sale277 from: on
I recently wrote a review for the IPod Touch 5th gen about being unable to play on the Sound Dock without having to remove the case. I spoke with the techs at the Apple store and explained the frustration as another reviewer previously wrote about. The tech recommended a solution. Use a case that has an open bottom instead of individual openings for the ports, and that should resolve it. Well, I had already spent $$$ on an Otterbox Defender case, but if I could find a suitable replacement case that would persuade me from returning the Bose Sounddock III , I would consider that. I found a hard shell case with an open bottom at Walmart for $15. This has solved the problem. Had I known about the lightning connector problem on the Sounddock before I bought the Otterbox case, I would not have bought the Otterbox case. Hope this updated review is helpful.
42 out of 62 found this review helpful.
Great sound, big oversight in design
Posted by: spinoc from: Orange County, CA on
I waited patiently for a Sound Dock that was directly compatible with the iPhone 5 (Lightning connector) and the Sound Dock III seemed to be the answer. It's fairly expensive as sound docks go, but the sound quality always seems to make it worthwhile for someone that appreciates the rich, deep sounds of such a small package. The features are few, perhaps too few, but it makes it a simple unit to operate. So far so good.
The big issue with me is, the Sound Dock III cannot accommodate an iPhone 5 fitted with a protective cover. Suffice it to say, I don't know of anyone that doesn't have a protective cover on their overpriced iPhone 5, so it's a huge miss in my opinion, that Bose did not accommodate for this in the design of the product. Now I understand that, with the wide variety of protective covers not everything can fit all the time, but I expect more from Bose, and I expect them to understand that covers are a reality for the vast majority of cell phone users. My particular cover is very thin. Perhaps 1mm thick, but likely a little but less. The sound dock, confirmed by Bose support, is not designed to accommodate the use of ANY protective cover. This means having to remove and re-install the cover each time you want to use the Sound Dock III, or remove the cover all together and take you're chances. I chose the latter because there's no way I have time to pull the phone in and out of the cover each time I want to use the Sound Dock. I've already paid the price with a couple short drops leaving blemishes in the trim ring around the phone, but at least I was luck enough to not shatter the glass.
I'm very disappointed in Bose for having designed their product without factoring in the reality that nearly all cell phone users use protective covers on their cell phones. It might not be easy to accommodate, but that's why I've bough this and other Bose products in the past - they're supposed to be a cut above. I'm afraid to say that this is the first Bose product that's a disappointment overall for me.
59 out of 96 found this review helpful.
Alert! Do Not Buy!
Posted by: Dearel from: on
Okay, you can thank me later. I strongly urge you not to buy Bose Sound Docks. My Sound Dock 1 went out in one year. I just bought the SoundDock III on February 13 ,2015. Last night when I went to dock my IPOD Touch it worked for three minutes then began spewing gibberish (I listen to audio books). As soon as I un docked my IPOD the sound came back clear. Docked it again and same thing after three minutes. Just google Bose product problems and see for yourself. And even under warranty you can spend $80 bucks to ship it to repair....Bose won't pay shipping. Find any other brand. Not this one!
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: JackG from: on
Great Sound the only drawback is control of the speaker is through a handheld controller - there is no on/off light on the unit so you don't know if off or on. The auxiliary input sound is not the quality as the front lightening connector. Basically - it is useful for a device that is plugged into the front lightening connector.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Perfect for a medium size room
Posted by: Bennae from: on
I love that I can recharge my iPad or iPhone and listen to music at the same time. The remote works with quite a bit of distance between it and the system. The base I was great and vocals are very clear. Return your type of music. The only thing I would change is that you could operate it on batteries as well. Will have this for long time.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
decent speaker but too overpriced
Posted by: Himanshu from: on
I got this speaker from one of the best buy stores, since there was no demo piece, I just bought in good name of Bose. It comes in nice packing and looks great on the sidestand. It gets connected easily and I like that I can just plug my ipod touch in it and control it using the remote. Sound quality wise I found it only decent. Weighing the quality at a price of approximately 300$, I didn't find it much value for money.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Hacton from: on
I really like this sound dock good sound, my only gripe with it is the iPhone connector and it's not Bose's fault it's Apple. If you have a case like an otterbox forget connecting it because it will not reach the connector it's not near long enough. I was reading somewhere that's one of Apples stipulations for the lightning connector it has to stay within a certain length. So I would def recommend if you have a case on your iPhone as 90% of people I know do purchase the Bose Bluetooth adapter!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great Bose quality
Posted by: MMMC from: on
Purchased this to replace a broken SoundDock series I. Main problem with these is the connector. I purchased the Bluetooth SoundLink III but it was no comparison with volume & amplification. If not concerned with portability, get the SoundDock III. The III also has a secondary jack, so if/when the Apple Lightning connector fails, there is a backup connection.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: jerry from: on
This set of speakers have Amazing sound. I am however disappointed with the sales person who sold them to to me. I specifically asked him for Bluetooth speakers I listened to a less expensive set Bose speakers I don't know through Bluetooth or not but these sounded much better and they're only $50 more but the sales guy never told me that they were not Bluetooth I bought them for my wife for her birthdayby the time she opened them and discovered they were not Bluetooth it was too late to bring them back. Luckily she likes them