I have an older [...] which I think I paid [$] for a long time ago. That docking station gives a "wow" effect when you play it. This Sony sounds "okay" I think I got these for [$] on Black Friday and gave them as gifts. At that price, this was a good buy. My 6 year old doesn't need anything fancy, my husbands will get beat up in his warehouse anyway and my sister was just thrilled to get a docking station from me, but if you're looking for great sound, you'll probably have to spend more.
I just purchased this item in black. After the first use, it ripped out the hardware on my iPhone that allows it to charge and connect to a computer. Now I am out [$] or so thanks to this product. And it really wasn't that much louder than the phone was by itself. [...]