Pros Small footprint, powerful sound. Works great with cd/changers, MP3 players, and tevelvisions.
Cons More iPod control and a sleep timer for the soundock needed.
Summary At low volume the sound is clear and all instruments can be heard precisely. I personally tested the "10" in a corporate dining room, 75' X 65', and this small system filled the room with glorious music that you would swear was coming from an expensive component system. I have yet to use full volume, but based on the test mentioned, I believe the Soundock 10 could easily fill a room twice the size of the one I used. I am not a Bose employee, so these are my honest, subjective opinions. I would highly recommend this system to anyone who needs portability cupled with an outstanding sonic experience.
Pros Great range for all music types
Portable booming sound in large rooms or outside
Aux plug-in in rear
Cons Lack of controls on dock station (lose the remote and your toast)
Lack of optical plug-in
Summary The sound is great inside and out. I'll take it to the pool and you wouldn't think all that music is coming from the sound dock. Volume will crank up w/o distortion. Only real complaints would have to be price and lack of controls on the dock itself. I will plug this into the TV in the bedroom and it sounds like I have a home theatre set up. I normally have the Samsung soundbar w/ wireless sub connect in the bedroom but the sound dock blows that away on every level.
Pros Though this unit does'nt have preset equalizer settings, it suprisingly sound balanced and clear. The highs are crisp and the bass response is good with no distortion even on high volume.
Cons I was hesitant to buy this unit at first because of the price and not to mention that it only has a composite video out.
Summary Being used to have an equalizer (parametric and graphic) on my sound units, i never thought that i wouldn't be missing them on this sounddock. Yes it's expensive but it's well worth it. BTW, since i already have an Apple Airport Express, streaming my music is a breeze (better than Bose's bluetooth accessory).
Pros Outstanding sound reproduction throughout the spectrum; true plug-and-play simplicity; works well with inputs other than iPod/iPhone.
Cons None that concern me in the slightest . . .
Summary I am an audiophile who started out with component systems in the early 70's, and if there's one thing I can tell in a review it's the difference between a "pseudo-objective" comparison and one in which the reviewer acknowledges that all the laboratory measurements in the world don't mean a hill of beans--it's what you hear that counts. Don't be fooled by "side-by-side comparisons" in a store--they're meaningless because any one-piece unit like the Bose SD 10, Dr. Dre, B+W Zep, etc. will sound very different in your home. In fact, they will sound very different depending on exactly where they are placed in your home. So the only way to really determine if you like one unit more than another is to buy them all and test them out in your home. One of the reviewers did that with the B+W, although I'm not if he moved the units around to achieve the best sound from each of them. Even doing a side-by-side in your own home isn't really the best way to compare different units, unless you have only one spot you can place it.
Since, like most people, I have numerous options for placing the units, I bought the Dr. Dre, B+W Zep, and Bose SD 10 and placed them n the same room--but I spent some time putting them where they sounded the best (to me, of course, and that's the whole point). with a variety of music ranging from classical to rock to jazz to piano solos. I played the same set of 9 songs on each of the units in their optimum location. For my ear, the Bose was a hands-down winner, especially in it's ability to reproduce clean, really low bass along with excellent mid-range and superb high-end transients. Sound volume with acceptable distortion was significantly better with the Bose. In nutshell, the other units were excellent, but the Bose was clearly superior.
The lack of "features" doesn't bother me because I can alter the sound easily enough using the equalizer function on my iPhone--I do that routinely for every song I listen to because I never know if it will be through earphones (Klipsch, BTW, because they're better than the Bose and half the price) or a speaker system like the SD 10. The Dr. Dre and B+W have been returned, which is a PITA, but worth the trouble when you're spending several hundred $$. The analogy I think of is that if you are the kind of person who buys a good digi cam and loves fooling around with all of the scene modes and futzing with the shutter speeds, ASA setting, etc, you will probably not be happy with the lack of features on the Bose. But if you buy a good camera so that you can use it in automatic "point-and-shoot" mode and get great results, then the Bose will be just your speed.
I strongly suspect that the reviewers who complained about the bass being weak or the sound being "flat" didn't move the unit around to find the optimal placement (or perhaps they had no choice). If I placed the SD 10 in a corner, the bass was actually too boomy for my taste, so I had to move it several feet away.
All in all, if you want a no-muss, no fuss unit with superb sound across the audio spectrum, the Bose Sound Dock 10 is well worth it's hefty price.
Pros The Soundock 10 definitely has much to offer, such as:
-Loudness which fills the room very comfortably.
- No squeaky and irritating sound quality that some music systems give.
- Warm, calming sound. That wont rip your heart out no matter how loud
Cons -Remote is strictly fully functional with the iPod,not with the aux devices.
- Very low amount of bass. Barely enough for satisfaction of listeners.
Summary The soundDock is worth every amount of penny spent there. It's surely the best you can buy on the market. But the dock is for people of the older age group who listen to more melodious tunes rather than the teen/youth edgy music. It doesn't provide as much bass as it is expected and there's a lot of flatness around the music. But the sound quality is definitely the best out there. You can hear every thing that's happening behind and the clearness is simply beautiful. The dock also boasts a very strong loudness. It comfortably fills the room with the music of any kind of genre. The dock's own volume control is better than the iphone/ipod because apple keeps it's volumes lower. It can also fill over a 5000 sq ft room/ house without anyone needing to struggle to hear. The remote works pretty effectively with the ipod, only with the aux its kind of the problem. With low sounds, the bass is shown more effectively compared to the high volume/ edgy music.
Bottom line: Definitely worth it if your looking for playing oldies, jazz, adult progressive and slow rock.