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Bose SoundDock 10 Digital Music System review

First Looks: Bose SoundDock 10 Digital Music System

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Premium Audio for your iPhone

Premium Audio for your iPhone

Think mainstream premium audio, and Bose is a brand that instantly springs to mind. The company has been churning out quality audio products ever since its inception over 40 years ago and reportedly invests at least $100 million every year in researching new technologies and products.

It is this undying devotion to research that gave us Bose's legendary Waveguide technology, which is incidentally used in its latest product, the Bose SoundDock 10. This new SoundDock is positioned as a premium audio solution for iPhones and iPods. Naturally, we had to tune in for a listen.

Simple and Elegant Does it

When you first lay eyes on the Bose SoundDock 10, you can't help but be awed by its hefty proportions. Measuring 17 inches across, the SoundDock 10 is easily one of the larger iPod speaker systems available on the market.

From an aesthetics standpoint, the SoundDock 10 manages to look understated and classy at the same time. It's fronted by a massive aluminum grille, and you'll notice that it has no buttons. To access its functions, you'll need to use the provided remote control.

The display is nicely integrated into the black band that separates the grille from the docking platform, and even when it lights up, it's only a small icon. Bose has evidently taken a minimalistic approach in designing the SoundDock 10.

Listening to the Wave(guide)

Although the Bose SoundDock 10 is a giant amongst iPod speaker systems, it is still fairly small compared to full fledged floor-standing speakers. However, its sound is anything but. Even at moderate volumes, the SoundDock 10 sounded full-bodied and powerful. If you had heard it blindfolded, you'll never have guessed that it was coming from something the size of the SoundDock 10.

The Bose SoundDock 10 achieves this full-bodied sound thanks to what Bose calls Waveguide speaker technology. Developed after more than 14 years of research, Waveguide Technology uses a long piece of folded tube to increase the output of a conventional woofer. In the SoundDock 10, this tube is folded and made to fit precisely into the enclosure, giving the SoundDock 10 that full and rich sound. To complement it, the SoundDock 10 also features twin mid and high-range outward facing Twiddler transducers.

The end results are jaw-dropping, for there is certainly little to fault the SoundDock 10. Highs were crisp and exceptionally bright, while mids were buttery smooth. To follow, lows had sufficient oomph and bite, but were just slightly overwhelming and boomy.

Final Thoughts

The Bose SoundDock 10 is yet another solid and polished offering from Bose. It sounds great and looks the part too. If we had to nitpick, we would say that the bass response could be tightened a notch, while the remote control could have come with more functions. As it is, the remote lets you switch between playlists but doesn't allow you to select individual tracks.

At S$1299, the SoundDock 10 is not what you would call cheap, but if you are looking for a excellent iPod speaker system, you cannot go wrong with with Bose's new SoundDock 10.