Pros interesting style; it's in some movie i think
Cons everything else
Summary i bought one of these music systems in 2000 for the looks, and if looks could kill (from disappointment) i'd be dead..
cd player refused to read quite a number of my cds, so all i heard was the sound of the laser track swishing away looking for tracks.
big let-down however was sound quality, bass-heavy, but if bass had been good, punchy and solid, so be it, but no - vulgar, loose flabby bass.
for the price-tag it verges on the immoral!
Pros Sound and Power
Cons High Price.
Summary I like all kinds of music, from Dance and R&B to Jazz and Country, Blues, Flamenco, and Vocals. I really can't understand how so many people could dislike this product so much.
I "auditioned" the product until 4:00a.m. here's what I found:
The system was made for music played on real instruments, Saxophones, Piano's, Guitars, Drums, they all sounded great and lively.
As I listened and turned the volume up, I could hear the affects of compensations the system was making, on Evertte Harp's "Groove Control" the bass almost dropped completely out when I turned it up past 80. (this was less noticable with the system nestled in a corner instead of sitting on a table in the middle of the room)
Most music seems to be coming from the area around the music system, not necessarily from the left and right speakers, this is cool because I'm looking at the system while it's playing but it seems like the music really isn't coming from it, like there are bigger speakers hidden somewhere else in the room.
The system doesn't hiss. during quiet passages, there's nothing no hiss, no hum, no buzz. The music just seem to emerge out of thin air.
The system seems well built. When the music is playing really loud with lots of bass, I placed my hands on the top, side, back, and front and it didn't seem to be vibrating and shaking, the enclosure doesn't rattle or color the music, the CD lid lines up perfectly with the to of the unit and all the gaps are even and straight.
The system can play really loud and clear, and it does sound like a much bigger stereo system. The bass is rich and full and unlike the previous version of the Music System, the bass is better balanced.
Most Vocals were so clear it was chilling, one of the most awesome was Patti Austin on her "For Ella" CD. John Mayer's voice on "Daughters" seemed to split the crossover point and was a little odd sounding.
When the volume it down, the music still has life, the treble and bass don't require increased volume levels to be noticable.
Some songs and Albums that really stood out where:
Wynonna's "Sombody to Love".
"Till My baby comes home" on Forever, For Always, For Luther Volume 2.
Acoustic Aclhemy's "So Kylie" and "Detroit Shuffle".
Patti Austin's "For Ella" (This albums sound great no matter what it's played on!)
I've wanted one of these for over 5 years, but everytime I listened to the previous version something said "not yet". When I Listened to this new version in Bose Store, it took about 10 minutes to swollow the price then I thought "now". It sound great, it can play REALLY loud, it's simple to operate and it well built.
Pros I'm trying to think of one
Cons No bass or treble settings is the pits!
Summary I feel really dumb that we fell for the "Bose" mystique - or whatever made us think the Acoustic Wave was going to be worth all the $$$ we didn't really have to spend! Oh well.
Can't believe it doesn't even have something as simple as an automatic turn-off feature. Not to mention trying to listen to CDs without being able to turn up the bass!
Pros Nice design, small stereo
Cons Not live up to hype, I returned it.
Summary I used to own the first one that came out which was a single CD, had a clock on the face, and I used it as my alarm clock.
You can't do anything with this one. Plus the sound quality was nothing impressive, certainly for the money.
Pros Lives up to the Bose Quality I have always known from the Bose 901's my Dad and Step-dad had growing up as a kid. Unit is small and has big sound. Visually appealing to the eye.
Cons The Price is kinda steep for the ability of the system, not much for a home theater unit.
Summary We have had our Bose for several years, it was my first Bose radio and I am still glad I made the purchase. We used to use our as the Home Theater piece when we lived in an apartment which was great because of space. Once we built our house, we wired for surround sound and got a real surround system. This unit performed well though, we have the AUX input stnd on ours which allows for multiple source inputs.
Currently we have our Bose in our dining room and use it when we sit down and eat with company. It provides the great sound you expect from Bose and it is visually appealing to the eye. We leave ours out as a piece of the dining room furniture.
(My 5 year old duaghter also uses it for her Cd's, the device is very simple to use and kid friendly. Cd's start to play automatically once they are placed inside and the cover is closed.)
I love my Bose!