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Bose unveils SoundDock Series II for iPod--and iPhone

Bose is introducing its next-generation SoundDock iPod speaker system. This one works with the iPhone as well.

The SoundDock Series II is similar looking to the SoundDock Portable--but it doesn't take batteries. Bose

Like a lot of other iPod audio speaker companies, Bose is introducing a GSM-shielded "Works with iPhone" certified version of its iPod speaker system, the SoundDock. It's calling this one the SoundDock Series II and it says it's been "updated to more closely resemble the clean and distinctive lines of the Bose SoundDock Portable digital music system." Priced at $299, the SoundDock Series II will be available in early September in glossy black for a $100 less than its portable sibling. Meanwhile, the original SoundDock can be had for around $220.

Here are a few other highlights from the press release for those who care:

The system features a new auxiliary input that lets users connect other audio devices, such as an MP3 player, portable CD player, or music-enabled phone. It provides dock-and-play simplicity and will charge an iPod or iPhone while in use. No additional setup is required. An included infrared remote controls the system and basic iPod and iPhone functions, including playlist navigation, from across the room. Volume controls are located on the unit.

The SoundDock Series II system maintains a small footprint, measuring just 6 5/8 inches high by 12 inches wide and only 6 1/2 inches deep.

The SoundDock Series II system works seamlessly with the iPhone 3G and original iPhone models. It also works with most iPod models, including iPod Touch and any iPod featuring a click wheel, including all Nano, Mini, Photo, Video, and Classic models.

Bose SoundDock systems sound good, but you can today get better-sounding systems that cost less and have more features. For instance, it would have been nice if this model had an AM/FM radio. A clock and alarm would have been nice additions as well--especially for $300.