"Great sounding unit but with a major design flaw"2.5 starson by rfguru
Pros: Good sound, stylish
Cons: No function controls on the main unit, workmanship, reliability
Summary: This brand new, $500.00 alarm clock caused me a major embarassment in front of my wife and Christmas guests when it stopped responding to the remote control after about one hour of use (and the remote control battery was not the problem).
I am an electrical engineer and I bough the Wave Music System as a Christmas gift for my wife wanting to impress her with the exquisite quality of a luxury-class sound system, mind you this was the first time I purchased a Bose product. I opted for a factory new system from a Bose outlet, as opposed to a refurbished one, which the outlet also offers, thinking that it will decrease the chances of something being wrong with the unit.
After my wife unwrapped the radio, I set it on the kitchen counter, plugged it in, popped in a CD, and turned it on, and out came this wanderful, crisp and full sound. My wife was impressed indeed. All was fine until about an hour later when she called me over and showed me that the unit was not responding to the remote control anymore. I tried resetting the battery, brought the remote control closer to the unit, moved the radio to a different direction, all of no avail. Today I purchased a new battery for the remote control, but that didn't do it either. Tomorrow, I have to drive 110 miles away to return the whole kettle and caboodle back to the outlet.
The fact that the radio has no control buttons built in is a major design flaw. A failure of the remote control becomes a system failure. And since the remotes are made in Mexico, guess what are the chances of it failing? Also, if you misplace or lose the remote control, the radio becomes a useless piece of furniture antil you get a new remote control.
I give Bose Wave Music System a 10 for sound quality and style and a 0 (zero) for workmanship and system design which averages out to a 5.
I just want to add one more thing: my old, $50.00, no name stereo system purchased from Costco, has been working flawlessly for years.