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This is a fantastic piece of equipment that sits comfortably on a small table without dominating the entire space. The compact design means that there are no cables trailing around the room but the sound never appears trapped around the unit and flows beautifully throughout the space. The arial is out of sight and the clock and remote control unit are endlessly useful. The DAB radio pre-set to our favourite stations means switching between programmes has never been easier.
The sound quality from something this size is astounding. The music clearly fills the room without being too loud and certainly without distortion. Therefore it is ideal for background as well as focused listening.
It was a relief to find something uncomplicated that didn't require twiddling with settings and dials. The no faff controls make it a joy to use. Just switch on and enjoy! This is by far the most played system we have ever owned. It is used by everyone.The ease of use plays a large part in this ( and of course the crystal clear sound it produces ). The radio is played almost constantly and our boys use the iPod connection. At Christmas we just picked it up and transferred it to the dining room - easy!
I never thought that I had enough knowledge to tell the difference between one "everyday" music system and the next but this is mindblowingly better than anything we have previously owned.
It was a scary spend but have never regretted it.
Well I have bought a Bose Wave System after many years of research ,as I travel widely around the World I am yet to find a Match for this unit, its a amazing piece of Unit, the Quality of sound is great yes its is costly -if you do not have the money, then save and buy one piece its worth the investment.
I even tried a subtitute but it failed , its a unit having all features to tranquilize the beauty of sound around the walls of your home.
Its a unit if you love music and respect music do evalute your feeling and desire , then invest in this Unit.
Yes,if you do not have the money then save, its worth the investment at the end of the day you will say - Yes I have investment in the best past a good Music system - Michael ,Mumbai
I have put off buying one of these for years because of poor reviews that I have read. However, with nothing else to truly match what it offers I bit the bullet and bought one last week. What can I say??? I love music, and this little piece of equipment is awesome!! Maybe it doesn't work as spectacularly for classical music (I don't know), but for the likes of Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Enigma, Epica, Pendulum etc. it finds instruments that I didn't know existed. The clarity is absolutely second to none, and there is no distortion whatsoever at any volume. Those people who have written poor reviews are either exceptionally difficult to please, or work for the opposition. It is true that there are no sound options to play with, but trust me, you don't need them. The complicated technical bits inside "decide" how the sound should be, and it is faultless every time. PS I don't work for Bose, but if I did I'd have one in every room of the house!
The Bose Wave - in whatever format you buy it - is totally awesome in every sense. On delivery, you can simply plug in and play the demonstration CD which consists of a variety of sound effects and classic classical pieces. It completely blows your mind and made me want to cry. I knew somewhere there was something out there that could create the perfect combination of sound but I had spent my life trying to find it. I had previously owned a Linn/Mission/Marantz audio combo that took up half the room and there it was, everything I had ever wanted from my music in one tiny box. No bits that get dustier every time you look at them, no fiddling with this wire into that socket, no spikes in the carpet from the speaker stands, no expensive repairs likely. All in all the wave is totally breathtaking and worth every penny!
Simply fantastic, if you want simplicity and true quality buy one..we did having wanted one for years. We dont regret one penny. They say price dictates, well it is well priced for anybody so go for it and get the dab addition as the arial is easy to hide and very effective, Wow,,,,,what a bit of kit
One word summarises this sound system - wow.
I personally don't own this expensive bit of kit, but a very good friend of mine does.
Her garage is currently converted into a chillout stuoid with a hub tub and the sound this little thing packs is unbelievable.
If you live in an apartment or Semi-Detatched house, do not buy this, as the bass will likely rock the neighbours ceiling lights down!
You can situated anywhere in the house and somehow (i'm not up to scratch with audio waves), the sound manages to get everywhere, whilst still being crystal clear.
I'm forever searching for this at a bargain price, £400 is a little expensive to justify for me, but if I had the money, I would no doubt snap this up.
What do you really expect though? Bose deliver the highest standards of audio qualityand this is just another near bit of kit they've released.
You will NOT regret purchasing this.
I fail to see how anyone can be disappointed with this product. It is certainly the best appliance I have bought for sound quality. I first came across this product when I attended a dinner party at a friend's house. I was amazed at the quality of sound coming from so compact a unit. Even more surprised to discover there were no bulky speakers to be found cluttering up the room and it fitted neatly on the top of the of my friends television. It really can be placed anywhere. There are no unsightly wires and only one wire to plug in. It is so neat and light weight it can move with you from room to room so that you can take your music round the house with you. The quality of sound is superb. You can also connect your i-pod or mp3 player. There is also a facility to wire up to your television so that you can enjoy the same high quality of surround sound while watching your favourite television programme. Having discovered Bose, nothing else comes anywhere near.
If you are looking for a review of the Bose Wave products I'm sure you have seen the controversy that they arouse! I won't go into the all the arguments here as this is not the point of the review. Please note that these point are also aimed at the new Wave Music System which is a slightly redesigned unit with a slot CD like you get in cars.
People argue over whether the sound quality is any good and complain that it is hard to compare BOSE systems with other makes, but there is a 30 day evaluation period you can have and I am sure most people will be able to work if they like it over that time!
The great advantage of the unit it has to be said is the stylish-looks and size combined with the ability to make a decent room-filling sound. The technology used is very similar to that used in many loudspeakers over the years, but it was a novel idea to include in what is a clock/radio and later the CD version.
If sound quality is the absolute priority, you can definitely get better sound for the money, but you loose the compact one unit approach, and possibly the alarm and you will have to do a bit of research. This Bose design is a clever compromise and should be judged as such when comparing sound quality.
My chief criticism of the sound is that changes in bass and treble seem to be automatically handled by the system as the volume changes and I would prefer tone controls to help with certain CDs.
There are cheaper units that are obviously aimed at the same market as the Bose, but they don't quite have the same attention to detail. The Wave family's alarm and the self-adjusting display are all beautifully thought out. You can change a lot of the settings if you want to via the remote but most people will be fine with the defaults.
Make sure you get something like a discount or a cash-back offer to ease the wallet/purse pain if you do buy.
Nov 12 '02 Author's Product Rating: Pros The whole little thing is a pro Cons None The Bottom Line Tried Denon Hi-Fi system (£500), Denon DM-30/50 (£250) and several Sony, Technics and Aiwa systems (£?) I absolutely recommend this system. It does the job brilliantly. Full Review Before buying this little thing, I checked some other systems, I listened to them. I also read all the possible reviews about the Wave Radio/CD -for that price is worth to check around first!. I saw a few negative comments, but if there was some much to talk about the poor thing is because there was a reason behind it... First advice: don't believe what they say until you see it yourself. Finally, after some excitement, I sent the letter through the post, only 5 days I received it, and I opened the box... When I plugged it I couldn't believe it! This is a little amazing gem! The power, the design, the way it does all you ask for, the smart features (have you seen many displays that decrease in level depending on the light intensity?), the options (Have you tried to listen the Playstation, or the tele through it?) the little remote (Have you tried to fit any other remote in your pocket?). Second Advice: don't expect more than what you pay for (and this little marvel does cost!) I have choosen Black (or Gray as in the box), and love the colour. I have received a "Satisfaction confirmation call from Bose": "I am happy with it, mate", I said. The beast -as some american called in some review- "is fully plugged at the moment and deserves my opinion in the internet" Bose: cheers mate, good job. Don't listen to what they have said, I hope when you expend my money you enjoy it as I am enjoying your fantastic little thing. Talking about money: I consider myself a good expender, when I invest in stock
and shares, my money doesn't go down, because I know where to put it. When I work for a Company, the Company does well. When out a girlfriend, she comes back. And when I choosed my mother, it was a wonderful choice. Third advice -to those giving bad advice about the little Bose: clean your CD's and/or your ears, as I suspect that the problem wasn't the radio. Words for those who want to go further. Recommended Yes Amount Paid: £395
This has been on my wish list for years and I’m going to have one for Christmas. They’re not cheap, though they’ve come down in price a lot over the last few years. A friend of mine bought one about four years ago and it cost over £700, nowadays they’re retailing at about £359 with the option of paying over twelve months on interest free credit and a free 30 day trial. Its always seemed a bit expensive considering we already have a decent enough ‘Aiwa’ stereo system with much more bells, knobs and karaoke buttons than this has, but in common with most households our house is shrinking. Not so much that the rooms are getting physically smaller, rather that the furniture and fittings certainly are getting bigger. Over the last couple of years we’ve replaced the three-piece suite (half as big again as our previous one), the TV (wide-screen) and fire/hearth (enormous mock Adams instead of restrained 60’s slate). This has made quite a difference to our lounge making it look a bit cluttered especially with our black plastic stereo, complete with imitation chrome and speakers/sub woofers big enough to use at Glastonbury, sticking out like a sore thumb. So my wife with her newly acquired minimalist approach and chairmanship of our finance committee has sanctioned my request to buy one of these on the grounds that it will fit nicely in the corner by the TV. But we’re not just buying it for that reason. The sound which emanates from it, is absolutely incredible and all due to its inventor Dr. Amar G. Bose a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Disappointed to find that speakers with impressive technical specifications failed to reproduce the realism of a live performance he carried out intensive research in the 1950’s into speaker design and psychoacoustics – the human perception of sound. His findings resulted in signi
ficantly new design concepts that help deliver the emotional impact of live music and this is the most affordable access to those concepts. I won’t try to explain how wave technology works, because I can’t understand it – suffice to say that the wave radio has no conventional speakers, the sound just bounces off the walls. But it works, the sound is very realistic, the base is superb, full and rich and the sound clear and crisp and very natural. Tonal balance is automatically adjusted so you hear natural sound at all volume levels as the volume levels change. It really is a magic box, all things to all men. As well as being a quality CD player providing skip, scan, repeat and continuous music modes and programming for up to 32 tracks, it has an excellent radio with digital tuning and 6 AM and 6 FM presets. You can use it to listen to output from your TV, CD changer, cassette player or computer For the affluent it can be used as an expensive but effective clock radio with dual alarms - one person can wake up to a track on a CD, and another person can wake later to another track or even the radio. Available in Platinum White or Graphite Grey (H 11.1cm x W 35.6cm x D 21.6 cm ) with a slim and easy to use infrared remote which controls volume and programming from up to 6 metres away, the wave radio/CD has a simple, sleek, stylish look. All of its controls are on the top, and its only features are the display on the front, a pair of analog input/output jacks, and a 75-ohm FM antenna jack on the rear. The display is large and easy to read and the control arrangement is so simple and logical that you might not think your getting much for your money but believe me the sound is phenomenal equal to much grander systems. Disadvantages: If you’re a Hi Fi anorak there’s nothing to play with. It only takes one CD at a time and I would imagine that by the end of the first week I’ll have lost the credit card type rem
ote – probably down the side cushion of our huge settee. Apart from that its pretty near perfect – for me anyway, I can hardly wait!
First came across this device in a rather swank hotel room. Now being someone that has consistant problems with alarm clock recognition in the morning (Hmmm loudest a certain high street chain does, another radio and a tv, i sleep through em) and basically knowing the bose principle of such a big bang from a tiny box, I've decided to invest in one. I have to say that it sounds even better in my house than it did even in the hotel or the showroom (Bicester retail outlet, its an ickle bit cheaper). I've tried everything from Texas to Orff in it and basically it chews up what you give it and spits it out with such clarity its untrue, even at the top end of the volume ranges where other cd players would start to distort...... Best money I've spent, and well I'm going back for a lifestyle 50 at some point, so that really shows my faith in the brand....
This is amazing. This tiny music centre is quite literally amazing. How so much sound comes out of such small speakers, only Bose seem to know. The build quality to is A1. The features are as you would expect to find on quality hi-fi separates, I run my Mini-disk player / recorder through the Wave too. It is so portable to, you can take the unit to another room just by removing the plug - try doing that with your hi-fi! I don't know what more to say - except if you are offered their 30 day free trial, don't except unless you want to part with £395.00 because you will want it when you hear it! But don't worry too much - they offer 6 months interest free credit too - what a company, oh and free delivery - oh and they pay for all your CD's too (joking about the last bit, odviously, but this is great value for money).