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Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system — Limited Edition Color Collection

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

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  • Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system — Limited Edition Color Collection

    Purple (iPhone not included)

  • Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system — Limited Edition Color Collection

    Purple - left front view

  • Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system — Limited Edition Color Collection

    Purple - with included accessories

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by Ralph Graves
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The SoundDock® Series III digital music system lets you enjoy music from your iPhone 5 and iPod models with a Lightning connector — all with rich, room-filling sound. Its unique combination of small size and proven performance is the result of a commitment to research and exclusive Bose® technologies. And it's now available in four eye-catching colors.

Bose SoundDock Series III

Available in four limited edition colors: green, orange, purple and blue.

The included remote lets you control volume and basic functions of your docked iPhone or iPod. It even allows you to switch back and forth between playlists. The system also includes an auxiliary input that lets you easily connect other audio devices, such as another MP3 player. Simple to use, it offers dock-and-play capability and also charges your iPhone or iPod while its docked.

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Highlights:

  • available in four limited edition colors
  • Lightning connector dock works with iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, and 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 6-5/8"H x 7-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

  • 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

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Features

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 9/26/2013).

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Output Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Information
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N N N N N N N
3G 4.2.1 N N N N N N N
3GS 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N
4S 7.0 N N N N N N N
5 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
5C 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
5S 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N N N N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 N N N N N N N
3rd 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
4th 6.1.3 N N N N N N N
5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 N N N N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 N N N N N N N
4th 1.0.4 N N N N N N N
5th 1.0.2 N N N N N N N
6th 1.2 PC N N N N N N N
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
Notes: 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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5 out of 5

Bose docker

Written By Kjajka, Chesapeake, va on Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Our entire house is wired with Bose sound products and this is our 5th docker. The products are always far superior to anything else on the market.
Pros:
Excellent product!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Bose Sound Dock

Written By Jay, Chehalis, WA on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Sound is really good. Compared to my Klipsch satelite speakers in my shop, this system sounds much better and I don't have to have bulky components around.
Pros:
Great Sound
Cons:
I didn't like any of the special edition colors, but they were 50$ cheaper.
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5 out of 5

Great Gift

Written By Lois, Va. Beach. Va. on Sunday, May 18, 2014
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I purchased the Bose SoundDock Series III for my son for Christmas and he was thrilled. He had told me that if I happened to get him one to only buy a Bose because they were the best and the top of the line. He loves the quality, sound, and of course the Bose name.
Pros:
The remarkable sound and they last forever.
Cons:
None !!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent!

Written By andrea, Snow Camp, NC on Monday, March 24, 2014
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I love this SoundDock! It is attractive, and was super-easy to set up. Had been searching for awhile for a dock that would work with my 7th gen iPod Nano without an adaptor, and this was it. Am glad I chose Bose, as well. The sound quality is unequalled and very impressive. I highly recommend this product.
Pros:
Ease of use, excellent sound quality, stylishness
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Bose Purple Tunes, Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system -

Written By Mark, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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Purchased this system for our daughter. Everything worked great and it sounds great. Only downside is that you have to remove your I Phone case every time you dock it to the system, and put the case back on when you remove the phone for mobile use. Since most I Phone users have a case, it would be nice if you could dock it with or without the case.
Pros:
Great sound, desired color "Purple" and sounds great
Cons:
Only downside is that you have to remove your I Phone case every time you dock it to the system, and put the case back on when you undock the phone for mobile use. Since most I Phone users have a case, it would be nice if you could dock it with or without the case.
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