"there is a reason they tell you to keep the volume up for optimal sound"3.0 starson by Joshua Garfinkle
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.