Pros Excellent when it comes to performance of chamber music.
Cons For the reason for which I bought it therare no cons.
Summary I disagree with your rating of this system. This is the first time I have ever disagreed with any of your ratings for I have purchased several products based on CNET ratings. Now I am a classical music devotee, particularly chamber music, and that's the only reason I bought this system. I don't care for or need all the "bells and whistles" you claim this system should have. It delivers every harmonic in a chamber piece exactly as it was produced by the artist and that's enough for me. I don't think any other system of comparable quality could do it better. This is my second set and it's better than the first.
Pros Portability, Consistency, Reliability, Ease of Use, Quality, Appearance
Cons Takes money to own luxury
Summary I bought this back in 1999 shortly after buying my first house. I really really hate any sort of LED lights in my bedroom and so that alone eliminated so many other stereo systems. I also hate taking time to set things up, because I move and travel alot and why should I waste all that time wherever I go. This unit, I simply took out of the box, put in a cd, plugged in and turn on. Viola, done in 20 seconds. Nearly 10 years later and after taking all the abuse that I could throw at it, it still looks brand new, the laser for reading cd's works perfectly and it sounds awesome like it did the very first day. I called the Bose technician to make sure it's fine to run at volume setting 100 for long periods, and he said, yeah, it won't harm a thing. With the right cd, it'll shake the house. I have never had any problems with this unit, while other members of my family have cycled through 3 other stereos in this time and have ended up paying the same amount total. It's a long term investment and well worth every penny if you're not boring and live in the same house for over 3 years.
Pros Fantastic portable. I have two batteries and the case, so it is great for parties on the beach, in the country. Nothing else is around that can put out this sound whilst being portable and rechargeable.
Cons Wish it had treble and bass controls. Most cds sound great, some sound good, small amount sound flat - but it sounds great for a baby boom box 99% of the time. Exeptional clarity from a small machine. Batteries last forever!
Summary Highly recommended as a second stereo if you live in a larger house, but great for an apartment. Ultimate portable party machine!!! Placement is very important to bring out sound quality and bass. Makes all the difference. Very rugged, I have smashed mine around, dropped it, spllt drinks on it, and it hasn't missed a beat!!
Pros The best Sound of it's Kind, not even the best Boomboxes of the Past can come close to it... Believe me, I had plenty of them.
Cons a bit heavy to carry, But those are the Balls the Radio comes with.
Summary Hopefully, they won't start making them in China..
Pros I only paid $95 for one in almost brand new condition.
Cons Plenty of hype.
Summary I am disappointed with this player. The midrange is all sucked out, so what you are left with are highs that are a bit too bright and bass that is a bit too boomy. And no tone controls -- yikes! This unit sells new for almost $1,200 and is just a VERY high priced large table radio. The sound is not musical at all. If you want something musical, for about $400 you can buy a Denon D-M33S which, granted, is not a table radio but is a micro system with very nice sound. And if sound quality is not your first priority then surely there MUST be something much less expensive out there. How about a Cambridge Soundworks player for under $300. They are all currently on sale. In fact I may get a Soundworks for comparison. If I do, I will post a review and then you might look for my Wave radio on ebay.
If you want something that says Bose so that you can show it off and brag about it, then this is the player for you. If not, stay away and find something that plays more than just chamber music.