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Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

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

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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.

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.

This is the second SoundDock I have bought: one for the living room and one for the den. The sound is terrific and it is very easy to use. I am a big fan of Bose: they never disappoint.

Howard, New York, NY

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

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
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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 9/24/2014).

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Information
iPhone
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
touch
5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
nano
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
iPad* 4/air/mini* 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
Notes:
  • *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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Why did you buy this?

I already own one, and I love it. I need another one for my den. [ HOWARD L  Apr 17, 2017 ]
I chose to purchase this item from Crutchfield due to the free shipping. The price was the same as everywhere else, but there was more information and photos of the item than with other merchants. Purchasing from Crutchfield was more of an intimate experience, like buying from a trusted friend or family member. [ James H.  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Bose Fan, never been disappointed. [ Jerry  Aug 11, 2016 ]
You can't beat the quality of BOSE products. [ Gregory J  Aug 01, 2016 ]
Loved my older one just like it [ Patty  May 21, 2016 ]
Well I have a BOSE radio already so I love it and my girl friend bought a iPod so I thought I would give her my old one that I used downstairs in workout area and buy me a new one which downstairs its not a BOSE she's taking it to work and leaving it the old one and I will have a new Bose. [ Michael  Feb 15, 2016 ]
A family member has this item in the previous version and I really like the sound quality. [ Jenny  Jan 11, 2016 ]
I have one. Love it. Want to give it as gift [ Diane  Dec 17, 2015 ]
As Gift for my wife, she loves the sound quality. Nice fit for our kitchen. [ Douglas  Dec 10, 2015 ]

8 questions already asked

I love this system, however it does not connect with any classic iPod or iPhones below 5. I believe you can get adapters that could possibly work. There is also a older model of the Bose sound dock system that can plug the older iPods. [ Jenny  Jan 09, 2017 ]
i purchased this for my grandson and he has the I Phone 5 and he uses it with that phone. [ Linda  Aug 17, 2016 ]
Yes it does, I have used it with my regular case and it fits in perfect! Love this system! [ Jenny  Aug 16, 2016 ]
No. The unit would have to offer a user interface (display and controls) to navigate your USB drive and select the files for playback. Most powered speakers do not offer this option. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly: http://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Feb 15, 2016 ]  Staff
Not via the built-in dock, no. You could use the 3.5mm auxiliary audio input from the headphone output of your tablet though. This will not provide any charge or control over your tablet but you will be able to hear it play through the speaker. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Jan 20, 2016 ]  Staff
I can't address whether or not the Galaxy phone connector will mate with the connector on the Bose unit. However if you use a 3.5mm patch cord between the audio in connector on the rear of the Bose and the headset (audio out) connector on the Galaxy you can play through the Bose speaker. The connector on the front of the Bose can't be mated with an iPhone without taking off any protective case you might have on the phone. In other words the phone has to be bare and as you know the current generation of protective phone cases can be difficult to remove. So the 3.5mm patch cord solution is the best one. The patch cord should have a 3.5mm male connector at each end. [ Henry  Dec 28, 2015 ]
This particular model comes equipped with a Lightning connector. I believe this is unique to Apple. I have not done the research to see if converter connectors are available. [ Joseph  Dec 28, 2015 ]
Yes it certainly does. [ Carlos  Nov 17, 2015 ]
Yes it does. That is the phone we use it with. [ Will  Nov 15, 2015 ]
YEs [ leona gordon  Nov 15, 2015 ]
YEs [ leona gordon  Nov 15, 2015 ]
If you IPOD has the small lightning connector then it will work. I do not know if there are conversion connectors that takes it from the BIG apple connector to the SMALL lightning connector. [ Joseph  Dec 28, 2015 ]
I Don't know [ leona gordon  Nov 15, 2015 ]
Works with my 5th gen [ Pamela  Nov 06, 2015 ]
Yes with Lightning adapter in most cases!!! [ DOUGLAS  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I connect my iPad with a mini plug cable. That enables me to play music but does not recharge the iPad [ WAYNE P  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I don't see why not using a USB cord in the acessorie plug hole [ STACEY  Jan 21, 2014 ]
We use the iPad (3rd edition) with ours...works great. [ JAROD  Jan 21, 2014 ]
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