Originally Posted by BillyODU
With those docking stations, does it need to be plugged into the docking station to play the music or can it be across the room and stream to the speakers? Does it automatically play over the speakers when you plug it into the dock if bluetooth is off?
You can stream wirelessly,the docking is optional/convenience of de-cluttering your nightstand/table,etc. of one less plug-in device(charger).
You can choose to play via B/T through the dock or use the phones speaker(s) while docked.
No,it is not able to playback through the speaker dock,while docked,if BLUETOOTH is turned off on the phone.
However,if you desire,you'll still be able to have a B/T earpiece & the dock connected simultaneously to the phone,operating independently ,w/the earpiece for phone audio & the dock for media audio.
One final note on the B/T speakers:
For pure performance, I'd recommend the JBL Speakers that EM
listed. The PHILIPS speakers that I listed are OK, but, probably no match for the JBL's & definitely not as portable-friendly.