Pros Great sounding to most people, very durable, very consistent sound
Cons Heavy and somewhat high price.
Summary I have a wave radio. It's wonderful. As one person said, "People that buy Bose think they know good sound". I think that's true of people that buy any sound product, especially higher end ones. The truth is sound is so subjective that technical specs really don't matter that much. Also, the materials a speaker system is made of is not the most important factor, but rather whether the system can sound the same year after year, decade after ... The Bose radio has done this and taken considerable abuse (rained on, treated roughly at times, etc). Still wonderful. Great engineering.
Pros Enjoyed for over 10 years
Cons Bose is slow to develop.
Summary OK, most of the Bose stuff I've bought either doesn't sound that great (151s, Cinemate) or cost more than needed (Acoustimas 3). The Direct/Reflect speakers I have are the only speakers I've kept, and they sound great.
Ten years ago I bought the original Wave Music System just to try it for 30 days free. I fully intended to send it back but wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I decided to keep it with no regrets.
It sounds great, works as a good clock, has decent CD playback functions, and still looks good as new.
Would I buy one now? No. For that price, it should have integrated Airplay, HD Radio, and an optical input with a DAC.
But with an Apple Airport express plugged into the AUX jack, I get by just fine.
If you can find a nused one at a garage sale/ebay for $200, buy it!!!
Pros we have had a bose cd/wave radio for over 12 years and it sounds just a crisp and clear as it did when we bought it.
it fills our living room with amazing sound.
small, so small that people cannot believe such rich music is coming from a little box.
Cons cost will steer some people away.
Summary funny how people who call bose "over priced crap" never have owned bose products.
friends ask... "where is your stereo or system?" and we point to the little bose radio. they are amazed that our living room with cathedral ceilings is filled with music.
awesome sound and clarity for over 12 years.
money well spent
Pros sound, sound, sound!
above all, the experience!
Cons the remote sometimes is not very responsive. could be the battery after three years.
Summary sound, sound, sound!I give it to bose, perhaps not the best audio product for some "audio" people, but rather than having a machine with a multitude of options, I'd rather have one that simply works, and works well. This is basically the same argument between apple products vs. else. I own the wave system, and 3.2.1 system, and quite frankly, it's about the experience, and my experience has been quite enjoyable. Again, it simply works for me.
Next to experience, is simplicity. I have yet to meet anyone who would trade their bose for something else, instead I've met many others who wished that their music system did more. That's the difference: those who are satisfied and those who simply can't have enough. The problem is, once everything some people want is incorporated, usually the experience suffers tremendously. for me, I just want to turn it on, and it works, rather than turn it on and figure out how it works.
Pros Sounds quality is next level. It is so good, you can hear a crackle noise the radio stations play an actual record, or LP. But not sure why Cnet is all "it costs $400"? Bose radios have always cost a lot of money.
Cons None really. Except when you Credit Card gets charged.
Summary Just buy it. Forget that whole surround sound system whatever from walmart for $199. When you are hearing your movies and playing games, you'll know real quick where that extra money went. And yeah...Robert is writing a positive review. Is it the apocalypse?