If you bought your new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, or purchased your eye-candy iPod Touch, then you better think about buying another device for it. If you are a music enthusiast or simply an audiophile just like us, then there is no doubting whether to buy one or not. As we know that you need one to be recommended for you, we made a review of one audio device that is perfect for your Apple gadgets. This one is a dock speaker from Bose. Introducing the Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System.Dock speakers are a great way to enhance the sound quality of our smartphones, especially when streaming music. It is not only an audio device that delivers loud quality sound but it also adds to the aesthetics of our homes. And now that Bose has once again made a dock speaker that is built for better performance and built for the newer models of the Apple devices, then there is no turning back with this one. The Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System is surely and absolutely worth the buy.

Bose SoundDock Series III

Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System – Performance

The Bose SoundDock 3 Digital Music System is a predecessor of the SoundDock Series II in which the newer version has better and improved features than the other.

We streamed different music to the Bose series 3 Digital Music System and found the sound really impressive. Aside from it being compact with its size, we now know that some looks do really deceive. This Bose dock speaker truly does deliver sound that is loud and clear, something that helps you really enjoy your jam.

Compared to the Bose SoundDock Series II Digital Music System, this newer version has better quality when it comes to delivering midrange and vocals. They were detailed and we felt that the sound coming from it is natural. It also features Bose proprietary acoustics and digital signal processing which offers combined and improved sound. Although, it must be noted that the Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System has the same room-filling sound from its predecessor which is for us a good thing because when we tested it, the sound really filled our living room designed with a higher ceiling.

Bass was quite impressive as well with the Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System. We find the bass to be powerful and stronger compared from the SoundDock II which alongside has no any distortions being produced even at higher volume levels.

This dock speaker comes with a 5-foot AC power cord to keep itself going. Now you know that it cannot work without you plugging it in a wall outlet. Thus for those planning to bring it outdoors, unfortunately you cannot do it because the Bose SoundDock Series 3 Digital Music System does not have a built-in rechargeable battery.

Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System – Design

As always, Bose’ product design are absolutely eye-catching, stunning, and modern.

We would say that the Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System looks really great and can be really perfect in any place in your home. It looks great and feels premium as well.

The Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System has a similar size to its predecessor measuring 6.75 x 12 x 6.48 inches and weighing 4.56 pounds only. This Bose dock speaker is available in one color only which is Black.

In front of the dock speaker is where the metal grille and the plastic dock is placed. Good thing about the dock is the lightning connector that lets your newer generation Apple devices be connected to it. A thing to know with this Bose dock speaker is that the volume controls are no longer placed at the dock but instead relied already on the iPhone, iPod, or the on the remote controls. At the back of the Bose Sound Dock Series 3 Digital Music System is a full glossy plastic body included with the power cord and the Aux inputs.

With SoundDock Series II, we found the dock base to be far too loose, to the point where it nearly felt broken. This one is slightly sturdier, although we still wonder why it’s a separate piece rather than molded into the unit. Instead of the recessed Dock Connector plug, there’s now a raised Lightning plug on a pivoting base, with a 1” tall plastic and rubber wall behind it. Unfortunately, as has been true with every Lightning-enabled speaker we’ve reviewed, the plug offers little to no case compatibility because of the flat plastic that surrounds the plug. Bare iPods, iPhones, and even iPads—the latter not officially supported—will fit without issue, though. There is still no Bluetooth or AirPlay connection. Volume is now mirrored between your device and the speaker, so you’ll see the on-screen scrubber move up and down as you press the remote.

 

Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System – Connectivity

Your Apple devices, the iPhone 5, 6, 6S, or 6S Plus, as well as the iPod Touch, can be connected to this dock speaker via its built in 8-pin lightning connector placed at the dock itself. But if you have a non-Apple device in use, then you can still make use of the Bose SoundDock Series III via its Aux input or a 3.5mm cable.

Please bear in mind also that this Bose dock speaker has no Bluetooth or AirPlay capability which may be a downside especially that these types of connections are currently and commonly being used nowadays. But maybe, these will be the new features to be included in the future dock speaker of Bose, right?

Summary

PROS CONS
Impressive sound quality and bass output No rechargeable battery
Modern and sleek design, now with an 8-pin lightning connector to be compatible with newer Apple devices No Bluetooth or AirPlay connection capability yet
Dock speakers are great devices to add with any of our smartphones like the iPhone or the iPod. Especially if we are audiophiles, we can never avoid ourselves in getting one for our Apple devices. The Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System is one audio device that is perfect to have in our homes and for our smart gadgets. It does not only have impressive sound quality, but this one also has a very sleek, modern, and functional design, now featuring an 8-pin lightning connector for our newer Apple devices.