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Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

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

23 Reviews | 9 questions - 19 answers

Item # 018SNDK3B

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Our take on the Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

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.

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

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

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


Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(23 Reviews)

Sounds great, loud and clear

Romeo from Orange Park, FL on 7/10/2017

The sound that this little thing emits is outstanding. Sounds MUCH bigger and better than the size suggests. I plug either my iPhone or iPad in it in a party, and I can hear it throughout the whole house. The highs are crisp, the bass punches and drops pretty low... But, that's what you expect from Bose... Nothing but the best!!!

Pros: Great quality sound, good mids, highs, and bass, too

Cons: Some radio interference every once in a while from the cellular signal. Nothing too bad, though...

Great SoundDock

Howard from New York, NY on 5/1/2017

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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.

Pros: Easy to use, great sound. Love the design.

Cons: Can't think of any except that I do wish it were Bluetoth enabled.

Family Fun with a Bass punch

James from Helena, MT on 1/6/2017

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Nice speaker, has a nice full rich sound in our living room with vaulted ceilings. It is what the reviews I read say it is; the Pros and Cons. Definitely worth purchasing, especially if you use I-products; Ipod, IPhone. With that said, would I still pay what I paid again for this product? No. Understanding the value of a dollar I cannot see why this product is priced the way it is. Bose is merely capitalizing on the rewards of their marketing strategies giving their loyalty to their bottom line profits and not their legions of loyal customers.

Pros: Attractively styled. Great sound for moderately to large sized rooms. Easy to figure out how to use for all generations

Cons: Again, the whole speaker is dead in the water, a complete boat anchor without the remote. Enjoy tracking down who had the remote last and where they left it.

Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

David from Raleigh, NC on 8/26/2016

My goodness. I got this for my wife in the kitchen for Christmas & now we and the kids love hanging out and listening to music.


Cons: None.

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Harry L from easton, PA on 3/28/2016

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Great! Just as I expected from a Bose product



bulky unit

Nina from rutland, VT on 2/5/2016

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I enjoy Bose quality - but this unit felt much too bulky. I wanted something I could move from room to room, charge my phone and listen to music, news or podcasts. This just wasn't the right product for that. If you want sound in one place - fine. But I ended up getting 2 Sonos speakers and will use a separate phone charger.



Can't Get Enough of my Bose!

Jenny from Secaucus, NJ on 1/25/2016

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I love my new Bose SoundDock Series III digital speaker, it is great! My sister in-law has one and I always wanted to get one exactly like hers and I finally did. It is so great sounding and it this is the upgraded version so my iPhone 6 just docks right in! Love it!

Pros: Fits all iPhones 5, 6S & 6 Plus, no need for adapter.

Cons: None

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Rosslin W. from California on 1/15/2016

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I like the bose soundock III. It's excellent.

Pros: sounds good


Bose® SoundDock® Series III digital music system

JoeC on 12/9/2015

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This is the second Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System that I have bought. First one I use in my office. Never Had a problem. This on is for use at home. I can not be more happy with this product.

Pros: Easy to use, sounds great and reliable.

Cons: None

Outstanding Sound

Phil from Arizona on 10/14/2015

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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.

Dan from Pennsylvania on 6/17/2015

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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

Andy from Washington on 6/16/2015

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Very good sound and easy to use.

Pros: sound and simplicity.

Cons: non

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Psquared from Mpls mn on 1/8/2015

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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


Beth from California on 12/18/2014

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

John from Cleveland , Ohio on 3/25/2014

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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

sierravictor from Central Florida on 1/6/2014

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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

Antonio from San Juan, PR on 1/3/2014

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Good sound, very happy with my new toy.



Excellent Value

MC from MSP, MN on 1/1/2014

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Excellent value

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

Cons: none


AlvinG from Norfolk, VA on 12/11/2013

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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)..




RICHIE S. from WALL TWP,NJ on 8/15/2013

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Cons: NONE

It's a nice product

Great sound from Cleveland Tn on 6/27/2013

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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

stacey pc from carteret nj on 3/23/2013

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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

FrankS from Wantagh, NY on 3/9/2013

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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


Hands-on research

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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

To replace my current system. Speakers are starting to crackle and your company site was recommended by a friend. [ vivian  Aug 28, 2017 ]
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 ]

9 questions already asked

It can work when used with something like the Cable Jive's dock extender: That phone is too big to fit the integrated dock but can still work set outside of it. HTH! My Bio: [ Paul  Aug 28, 2017 ]  Staff
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: I hope that helps! My Bio: [ 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: [ 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 great. [ JAROD  Jan 21, 2014 ]