Which Bose SoundDock is the best

Loudspeaker testedGreat sound for small smartphones

No more pathetic music whining from the mini speakers of cell phones! Finally, there are speakers that can be used to reproduce the sound from the smartphone.

BILD.de has tested two portable candidates - and a very special sound master.

Bose SoundDock Portable - Home Carrier

If you are looking for docking stations for your iPhone or iPod and value good sound, you will quickly come across Bose. The Americans have been among the most renowned hi-fi manufacturers for decades. The company has also made a name for itself in the compact speaker system segment. Since the introduction of the first iPods from Apple, Bose has also been offering speaker solutions for small music players.

Bose's current SoundDock line is available in different sizes. Among other things, the SoundDock Portable. The name says it all: The docking station, roughly the size of a shoe box, is intended for mobile use. A high-performance lithium-ion battery ensures that this also works carefree; in the test, it was still fully charged after a week of use.

However, more in the home environment. As usual with Bose, the device is presented in a noble guise. The piano lacquer stainless steel look is simply better on a sideboard or kitchen shelf than in the city park on the meadow. And that is what the pleasant sound of the SoundDock is designed for. The foldable docking adapter only provides a “home” for iPods or iPhones with a 30-pin plug. If you want to use another music player (or the iPhone 5), you can (must) connect it to the audio-in connection via a 3.5-millimeter jack. Then, of course, the entire work does not look quite so noble - and of course the player is not loaded either.

BILD.de says: The SoundDock Portable (price: 400 euros) is a good alternative for all those who like to have a nice sound in the kitchen or bathroom and want to be flexible at the place of use. If you are looking for a docking station to replace the hi-fi system, Bose has the much larger SoundDock 10 (price: 600 euros) on offer. This is not really portable, but it delivers a voluminous, powerful sound that can also be used in a large living room. This can also be used to play music from other smartphones or corresponding players via Bluetooth.

BILD comparison: Here you can find the best speakers in comparison.

Libratone Zipp - 360 degree sound

Looks like a roll of fabric - but it's an impressive all-round loudspeaker: the Libratone Zipp.

The round piece (26 cm high, 12.2 cm diameter) gets its name from the zipper in the woolen envelope that covers it. The fabric cover can be opened and exchanged for a different color. A funny fashion gag.

The sound of the roll (60 watts) is amazingly powerful and radiates evenly in almost all directions thanks to a special 360-degree technology. With a free iOS app, the sound and room size can also be adjusted.

Completely independent with your own AirPlay

The most convenient way to get the music into the Zipp is with a technology that Libratone calls Playdirect: it creates its own WiFi network with which the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc. can be connected. Then you select the Zipp in the music player as an external playback device - and the music starts playing.

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