"Nothing better for its niche"5.0 starson by photogf4
Pros: Loud, detachable battery, good remote, great case, Rugged. Anything with a headphone jack connects.
Cons: No Bluetooth! To be competitive, it's going to need it eventually. Remote doesn't work well in sunlight.
Summary: I spend most of my weekend time in the 6 warm months of the year at a local marina. When I first brought my boat there people had boomboxes, and/or played music from their boat radios, and pretty much kept to themselves, or had parties at one boat or another. I sold my boat, bought another, and used some of the profit (!) to buy a Bose Sounddock Portable, and an IPod. Put over 1,500 tunes on it, and brought it to the marina... Almost overnight, people on the dock got together, built an on-dock Tiki Bar, and the Bose has been a mainstay ever since. We stuffed it at first into a liquor box and dubbed it the 'Executive Redneck Boombox' - now we use an empty cooler someone generously donated. I used it all last year without incident - it weathered thunderstorms, wind, and salt spray, and kept right on entertaining.
Believe me, I have heard expensive yacht sound systems, and everything from a cell phone to a large boombox, and nothing - NOTHING - compares to the Bose. I have drawn crowds at other marinas, and have even got in trouble for blasting it into the wee hours. Either my choice of music fits the boating lifestyle, or it just sounds great. I think the latter is more true. Excellent bass if used as mentioned above, so loud you can get a citation, and yet you can stick it in a bag that can double as a carry-on on an airplane. Yes, it is expensive, but you get what you pay for. What more do you need in life than 100 new friends?
I don't bother with the battery, although I have two - it just doesn't stand up all day and night. I find I killed the remote turning it up and down a lot, but that was because I don't 'normalize' MP3's. I have thrown everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to Motorhead at this box, and it all sounds great, as long as the recording was done with some thought.
In short,if you have the $$, you aren't going to find another portable device that sounds better, or draws more people to your party. <== That is a period, folks. This year I may downsize to a cheaper box, as leaving $700 some-odd of stuff out at night is risky, but until then...