Bose SoundDock 10 -- Most Expensive iPod Speaker System Ever?

"Bose" and "budget" just don't go in the same sentence together, and that fact has never been more true with the introduction of the company's latest iPod music system. As families across the world look for ways to cut back, Bose is helping you find new ways to splurge, as the SoundDock 10 is right up there with the most expensive iPod accessories known to man.

We never expected a device to make B&W's Zeppelin Mini look inexpensive, but the large MSRP here sure had that effect. Packing a traditional Bose design, this one-piece speaker system is considered a "premium" device and was designed specifically for Apple's runaway hit, the iPod. Measuring approximately 9" high, 17" wide and 10" deep, it incorporates new and existing Bose technologies, including a new version of Bose proprietary waveguide technology -- debuting for the first time and developed specifically for the SoundDock 10 system. It is matched with a newly designed Bose woofer, which supposedly delivers 4x the efficiency of a conventional woofer.

That's about as detailed as Bose gets, but the company does make clear that this works fine with any click-wheel iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G and/or iPhone 3GS. For those with Bluetooth devices, a $149 BT dock is offered separately and streams music wirelessly from a stereo Bluetooth music phone. There's also a 3.5mm aux jack for connecting other sources, and the video output even lets you pass through media while docked to at TV.

Bose is shipping the SoundDock 10 starting on September 21st, but you'll have to find $599 before you can grab one.