This dock is great for the price.
It is definitely suitable for somewhere like my kitchen, where at any given moment, I have the washing machine and dishwasher going. The sound quality is great, but, I say that it wouldn't work for parties because it doesn't carry well accross rooms.
The alarm feature is great, although, I wasn't aware that it would be a gradual increasing alarm. If you're not a gentle sleeper, you aren't going to hear the alarm for a good 2 minutes. The option to have beeper, radio or iPod is great. Radio, although FM and not DAB, seems to have great receiption.