I Just compared (for an hour!) the Sounddock 10 to the B&W A7 - Side by Side in John Lewis Birmingham for sound quality & power performance - the winner~??
The bose Sounddock beat it - it sounded more alive and spacious and deeper - suprising really as the Bose is considerably cheaper and looks far better - a bonus :}
I think I disagree here. I'm slightly bemused you think the Bose looks better, as from my perspective the A7 feels and looks more luxurious.
Whilst I may be a tad biased as I own an A7, I have compared both units side-by-side like you. Whilst I agree the Bose carries a similar weight and presence (still not quite as well as the A7's, however), it really does fall short when it comes to the subtle nuances in a song that the A7 can reproduce. Take Spencer and Antfood's 'Trek', the song on the old Emirates ad. On the A7 the song carries a great presence whilst still reproducing the subtle nuances found in the song as found with high priced headphones and Hi-Fi systems, the Bose simply didn't. Whilst on the surface they may sound somewhat similar, if you analyse a bit more closely you'll really pickup on the little details the A7 picks up and the Bose doesn't. Furthermore, and I'm suprised you didn't find this the case, the A7 sounds cleaner in my opinion.
Whilst the A7 is incredibly expensive, the reason I love it so much is because it retains a very weighty, bassy presence whilst not sacrificing the smaller details that make an incredible audiophile system. I will say, however, that the A7 can be fairly fussy on its position.
It was £699 at launch when we tested it, but you're right, it's typically available now for £550 so I've amended the price accordingly.
Price is £550, not sure if it launched at that Price, but definitely not £699.
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