Pros Nice design, sleek look
Cons Average sound at normal decibal levels, and no buttons
Summary As soon as you open the box and glance at the directions you realize that something is amiss. Bose gives you a CD full of specific sounds that would sound the same (great) on any average system with the volume turned up to the level they recommend. However, if you keep the volume where they tell you to, you will soon need to by a Bose hearing aid to fix the hearing loss you will suffer. At normal listening volume ranges the device is mediocre. At $100 I would recommend it. At $200 I would say its ok, but for the $500 they charge, I would say go out and buy something else.Updated
Like lemmings, we sometimes foolishly follow the pack on things. The Bose Wave Radio is one of those things. The commercial shows us "scientifically" how the item is supposed to work which to a thinking person makes no sense, but hey we also buy knives that are supposed to cut through our shoes. Anyhow, the system arrived, and the best sound I have achieved out of it was with their cleverly written demo CD (full of deep base, and high treble) which I was told to play at one of the hightest volumes available on the machine to realize true room filling sound. No kidding, you mean if I turn up the volume really loud it will fill a room. The reality is the sound quality on the Bose Wave Music System is only marginally better than say a 1980's Sony Clock Radio. I think we all say we like it because we feel duped to have purchased an infomercial touted $500 stereo, or perhaps we just pretend to like it, since we feel something is wrong with us, that we don't notice the difference like the "Real Customers" who give their testimonials on the infomercial. I guess it is another hard learned lesson in reality, that a small plastic box with two speakers will sound like a small plastic box with two speaker unless you turn up the volume so loud your neighbors can hear it.
Pros The new Bose wave meets "all" of the claims the fortune in advertising claims. I bought my first two months ago, and went to the Bose store yesterday to pick up a second Bose for a different room. A few weeks ago I also purchased a Boston Recepter for t
Cons I would have liked to see more FM presets. It would also have been nice to have the the alarm off button on the remote somehow made easier to find (feel) in the dark.
Pros Easy to use -- talk radio EQ setting is a nice touch --neat, neutral style -- build quality appears very high...
Cons In a few design areas, Bose has sadly regressed in this new version; F-type connector for FM antenna has been replaced with 3.5mm plug -- this is dumb -- couldn't plug in my Magnum Dynalab ST-2! RCA jacks for aux input have been replaced with a 3.5mm ster
Pros Easy setup, easy to use, good sound
Cons Still pricy even though similar products now exist
Summary I've had my Wave Radio for nearly 10 years now. I have my iPod dock connected to it and I play just about anything but country and metal. It has good sound but it's not the most amazing. Anyone thinking that something this size is going to compete with full-sized loudspeakers isn't thinking clearly. The lack of tone controls seems odd but the sound is reasonably flat and, once again, is fine for this kind of product.
I can attest to the alarm having a battery backup. It worked during the hurricanes of 2004, when there was no power here. The remote is still working on the original battery after nearly 10 years.
It could really use an FM antenna but it would not fit with the simple nature of this product.
It is a joy to use.
Pros plug & play easy & works out of the box
Cons no user adjustments on bass & treble
Summary One solid performer is the Bose Wave Music system. I have many cd & all of different music types & it handles the majority of them quite well. The real selling point of a Bose system is ease of use & good sound. They don't have user controls for bass & treble & depending on what your looking for can be a good thing or bad. If you are a demanding listener & like rock than I would have to mention that bass is OK not great. On pop/country & classical I'd say the Bose is setup pretty well and would mention positioning of the equipment is essential, closer to a wall will bring up the bass. If your a casual listen of cd & radio this may well be what you looking for as the sound is quite good & stereo separation is very good. Bose has a great ability to give the highs & lows a well defined stage to reproduce on, it's just the real lows that could use some help. Bose excels in the remote deparment as it is simple stright forward layout & nothing about it is confusing. This is a good piece of equipment that can satisfy any listener other than the audiophile if you fit in that area you will not go wrong here. In conclusion this is a good machine that produces good sound & is easy to use. Just don't expect to be able to adjust what your hear but you will get an honest sound from the Bose...