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  • I've long heard from family members who already owned a BOSE Wave that it sets the standard for ultra high quality audio and ease of use and while in my experience I would agree in both areas of sound quality and easy set-up, overall it is not a worthwhile electronic device for me
  • One standout feature of the BOSE Wave music system is definitely its sleek and highly stylish design which I do think successfully adds a touch of modern style to wherever you place it, but beware
  • The BOSE people claim that its music system has won several design-related awards and though I can envision that would be true because of its contemporary styling, the sheer size and weight of it, in my opinion, is just completely outdated in today's circles of small, thin stylish high-tech electronics
  • In my experience, it's not unusual to be trying for nearly one minute or more in pointing the remote at the BOSE Wave from many different angles, etc. before it finally gets the signal
  • Further, even if that's your circumstance, be prepared to drop significantly more money ($600+) than one of the best iPod / CD / radio players available on the market which may indeed sound as impressive in terms of sound quality and look far more streamlined, work more comprehensively, weigh less and take up less visual space

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      I received my BOSE Wave Music System as a gift approximately 2 years ago and I must say that I just don’t feel that BOSE is keeping up with technology enough for this BOSE Music System to be recommended…and especially not for the nearly $500 that it costs!

      The BOSE Wave is a CD player, AM/FM radio and alarm clock (which offer satisfactory flexibility with typical sleep, alarm and snooze options), and it has a headphone jack if you want to listen that way. What you’ll immediately notice though is that it does NOT play your iPod music! Unheard of at this point, right?

      The BOSE Wave is known for its proprietary “waveguide” speaker technology (hence its name and distinct half-moon wave shape) which unquestionably provides full-bodied sound, especially for music you may be listening to with a strong bass and/or percussion instruments. It’s sound quality is genuinely excellent and it doesn’t require any additional speakers for it to fill your whole home with its impressive sound. Specifically, the BOSE Wave yields truly impressive sound and impressive low octave tones, but that very same superb sound quality is why it seems such a waste for it not to be compatible to synching an iPod. I’ve long heard from family members who already owned a BOSE Wave that it sets the standard for ultra high quality audio and ease of use and while in my experience I would agree in


      both areas of sound quality and easy set-up, overall it is not a worthwhile electronic device for me.

      One standout feature of the BOSE Wave music system is definitely its sleek and highly stylish design which I do think successfully adds a touch of modern style to wherever you place it, but beware…this piece of electronics equipment is pretty big! The BOSE people claim that its music system has won several design-related awards and though I can envision that would be true because of its contemporary styling, the sheer size and weight of it, in my opinion, is just completely outdated in today’s circles of small, thin stylish high-tech electronics. Specifically, the BOSE Wave is 4.2″ high x 14.6″ wide x 8.6″ diameter and I tried to weight it on my bathroom scale and it comes up as 8.81 pounds.

      My BOSE Wave is in the Platinum White color, which is actually a blend of a matte cream, beige and white….not at all pearly like the color name would indicate. One of the great features of the BOSE Wave is the ultra slim infrared remote control that comes with your BOSE Wave that lets you conveniently control the BOSE Wave Music system functions from just about anywhere in the room; here again though is another caveat, in that the remote control looks great and is essential to have since the BOSE Wave has NO buttons on the actual device ...


      • (which, in itself, takes some time getting accustomed to), however, it’s VERY annoying to point the remote at the BOSE Wave for it to properly recognize the command you’re trying to get the BOSE to do. In my experience, it’s not unusual to be trying for nearly one minute or more in pointing the remote at the BOSE Wave from many different angles, etc. before it finally gets the signal! Beyond annoying! Mind you, that aggravating nature of!

        the BOSE Wave remote is with full batteries none the less. With respect to the remote, older versions (from 3 years ago and older) of the BOSE Wave had some nominal buttons on the top of the device to control the BOSE Wave as well as being shipped with a remote, however, the newer ones and all the BOSE Waves sold now have NO buttons, so potential consumers should be prepared to see that.

        Contained within the BOSE Wave box comes the actual BOSE Wave music player, an AC power cord, the remote control and a demonstration CD.

        In terms of radio reception, I have been VERY disappointed and I’ve found that no matter what room I put the BOSE Wave in my home, I just don’t get a good selection of stations. The one time I even called BOSE Customer Service about this issue and the representative told me that BOSE designs its devices to

        have the antenna built within the electrical cord which, in my opinion, yields totally sub-par results.

        In full disclosure, the BOSE Wave has an optional “iPod Connect Kit” which costs an approximate $100 more. In my opinion though, this is a piece of sloppy add-on equipment instead of being a sleek, concise top port of the BOSE Wave available for those that wish to play their iPod on the BOSE Wave. In fact, you definitely get the sense that the iPod Connect Kit was decidedly an “after-thought” in the re-design of the BOSE Wave, instead of BOSE investing the time and capital in launching a new BOSE Wave with iPod capacity. Further, while the BOSE Wave does indeed have terrific sound (almost like an orchestra hall at your house or office!), it’s still not worth over $600 for a large, clumsily and quasi-connected music system.

        All in all, I do not recommend the BOSE Wave music system unless you’re someone who doesn’t own an iPod and has no interest in buying one in the future. Further, even if that’s your circumstance, be prepared to drop significantly more money ($600+) than one of the best iPod / CD / radio players available on the market which may indeed sound as impressive in terms of sound quality and look far more streamlined, work more comprehensively, weigh less and take up less visual space.

        Thank you for the opportunity to share my opinions.




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    Laura says :

    re : In my experience, it’s not unusual to be trying for nearly one minute or more in pointing the remote at the BOSE Wave from many different angles, etc. before it finally gets the signal
    This remote is laughable. We have had this system for more than 5 years and the sound it good. However, we just had to replace the battery in the remote again and I remembered, again, how ridiculous it is that there is not an On/Off button on the unit. That you MUST use the remote. That it often doesn’t get the signal, as you said. I just tried a new battery and it’s not working. This is a very user unfriendly design.

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