Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

with Lightning™ connector dock for iPhone® 5 and other newer Apple devices

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Bose Sounddock iii with lightning connector

Have an iPhone 5 or the latest iPod touch® with a Lightning connector? Good news! Now you can enjoy the music from your Apple portable with legendary Bose® sound. Just dock your compatible Apple device, and the Bose® SoundDock® III digital music system delivers rich, room-filling sound. The system is small enough to carry easily from room to room, yet it sounds surprisingly full and spacious thanks to its proprietary acoustic design.

Use the included remote to conveniently control your iPod or iPhone from anywhere in the room. Skip songs, pause music playback, or even change playlists. An auxiliary input on the back lets you connect other types of portable players as well.

Product Highlights:

  • Lightning connector dock works with iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, 7th generation iPod nano®
  • automatically charges docked player
  • remote control included
  • minijack auxiliary input for other portable devices
  • AC adapter
  • weight: 4.56 lbs.
  • 12"W x 6-1/2"H x 6-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system Reviews

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Outstanding Sound

Written By Phil, Arizona on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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I have owned the JBL Radial for several years. The JBL made it's way to my desk at work. I have enjoyed BOSE in my vehicles and headphones for a very long time. I decided to buck the comparison between the JBL Radial and the BOSE SoundDock III. I bought the BOSE Sound Dock III. WOW! The sound is fantastic right out of the box. No break-in period needed. The JBL was a bit heavy on the bass. The BOSE is just pure clean sound. I am so happy with the sound from my new BOSE SoundDock III. As always, great service / delivery from Crutchfield. You will not make a mistake by buying the BOSE SoundDock III from Crutchfield.

Pros: Sound is incredible and so lifelike from this dock; it's pure and clear.

Cons: Nothing

Big sound and lots of volume.

Written By Dan, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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This Bose SoundDock has great sound and plenty of volume. I work in a truck manufacturing plant. There is a lot of noise and I needed some thing to 'rise above the noise'. This system really works well for this. I use a Sony Walkman MP3 player and Aux. cord that plugs into the rear of the SoundDock. An other plus is that it is compact enough that I can put it in a tool box and lock it up so it can't be stolen. The volume is very high and does not distort. My co-works and I are loving this system. The only negative is it has no manual volume control. Have to use the remote.

Pros: Plenty of volume. Great Sound. Compact.

Cons: No manual volume control, have to use remote.

Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

Written By Andy, Washington on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Very good sound and easy to use.

Pros: sound and simplicity.

Cons: non

Bose sounddock

Written By Psquared, Mpls mn on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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The System works well but it's smaller than I anticipated

Pros: The Lightning chargerr is good

Cons: Less sound than I'd hoped


Written By Beth, California on Thursday, December 18, 2014

My husband bought this for me because I wanted to dock my iphone and listen to my favorite music. This system sounds amazing! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE listening to my music!

Pros: Great price, Great system, Great looks!

Cons: None

Bose Soundock Series III

Written By John, Cleveland , Ohio on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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I bought this as a gift for a good friend of mine. She and her hubby both have iphone 5's. They are incredibly happy with the gift. They didn't have any type of audio gear, but had heard an assortment of gear that I own, including a Bose Sound Dock I have for an old iPod touch. They are amazed at the quality of the Bose, and can't believe they have this quality of sound in their home. The fact that it works seemlessly with their iPhone 5's is the icing on the cake. They are ecstatic...and I'm the most popular guy on their X-Mas card list. Thanks to Crutchfield for their legendary customer support when I ordered the Bose unit. They never disappoint.

Pros: The best money you can spend for Iphone 5 sound. Versatility with an accessory jack. Gorgeous unit.

Cons: None

great sound

Written By sierravictor, Central Florida on Monday, January 06, 2014

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No surprise this item has great's a Bose after all. I gave this to my wife for Christmas and she absolutely loves it! It's nice to be able to have background music in the house that sounds so good that it doesn't become irritating. By the way, I've been a happy Crutchfield customer for over 30 years. Love you guys!

Pros: fantastic sound in a small package

Cons: can't think of ANY

Perfect for room

Written By Antonio, San Juan, PR on Friday, January 03, 2014

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Good sound, very happy with my new toy.

Excellent Value

Written By MC, MSP, MN on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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Excellent value

Pros: Sound quality for the size Cradle supports phone very well

Cons: none


Written By AlvinG, Norfolk, VA on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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I give this product one star because it only worked correctly one time and since it was a gift for my wife the remaining experiences are categorized in my do column. (not done). The remote will not turn the unit on. The newest iphone will not work in the unit. It sounded good when I did hear it but since sounds like a chore (chore-southern for burdensome task)..


Written By RICHIE S., WALL TWP,NJ on Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Cons: NONE

It's a nice product

Written By Great sound, Cleveland Tn on Thursday, June 27, 2013

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I previous looked at the iPhone 4 model and liked the sound so after waiting patiently for the iphone5 version I am happy to know that it was worth the wait.

Pros: Direct plug in to I5 plus auxiliary

Cons: No controls except thru remote

Bose 3

Written By stacey pc, carteret nj on Saturday, March 23, 2013

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well worth the money i have it connected to my direct tv and DVD player

Pros: great sound

Cons: a spliter cord will be required and is best bet if you have more than 1 component to connect, iphone 5 wont fit in cradle if in a protective case

Bose SoundDock II

Written By FrankS, Wantagh, NY on Saturday, March 09, 2013

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This is second Bose SoundDock we have purchased. Incredible sound reproduction. Hands down the best Ipod, Iphone docking station on the market. Two day shipping by Crutchfield can not be beat!

Pros: Terrific sound reproduction. Space saving design. Completely plug-and-play.

Cons: None

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What's in the box?

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  • Amplified speaker system/docking station (for Apple lightning-connector device)
  • Wireless remote control (CR2032 Battery installed)
  • AC adapter with a 58" DC output cord (DC output: 18 Volts/1.0A)
  • 8' AC power cable
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Information
  • Product Registration
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Out Commitment To You" letter

Product Research


Apple Lightning-Connector Speaker Dock: The Bose SoundDock III is a powered desktop speaker system designed for the Apple iPod and iPhone with Lightning connector. The SoundDock III supports audio playback, remote control, and charging of your Apple Lightning-connector device.

  • Remote Control: A wireless remote control is included which offers basic iPod/iPhone controls; volume up/down, play/pause, playlist navigation, skip forward/backward, and search forward/backward within the song. The controls on the iPod/iPhone also work while connected to he SoundDock III. The SoundDock III will return to the last volume setting used when turned on.
  • Battery Charger: The SoundDock III provides power to charge your iPod/iPhone during operation. iPod/iPhone charging is suspended when the unit is turned off.
Note: In the event of audio interference when you have your iPhone docked, set iPhone to Airplane Mode. You will not be able to receive phone calls in Airplane Mode.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Bose SoundDock III features an integrated Lightning-connector dock for your Apple iPod and iPhone. The SoundDock II is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/24/2014).

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Information
5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
6 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
6+* 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
iPad* 4/air/mini* 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
  • *The iPhone 6+, iPad 4, iPad air, and iPad mini all require Cable Jive's Lightning Dock Extender cable (897LDOCKX2, sold separately); this due to the fact that these iPhone and iPad device are too big to seat in the speaker's integrated dock.
  • Not compatible any Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad device which features the 30-pin dock connector.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Proprietary Acoustic Design: The system's patented Waveguide Speaker Technology and powerful neodymium speakers provide efficient and high quality audio reproduction.

Aux Input: The SoundDock III has a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a external portable audio source other than your iPod.

Power Supply: The unit is powered by the supplied AC adapter only. It does not operate on battery power. The SoundDock III provides power to charge your iPod, even if the speaker system is off.

Non-Slip Feet: The bottom of the SoundDock III features six surface-gripping rubber pads to provide a stable platform on most surfaces.

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