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★★★☆☆

“Bought one of these Bose CD Wave Systems in December...”

Written on: 21/01/2011

Bought one of these Bose CD Wave Systems in December 2010. Single CD, FM radio version. No point in having DAB here, near Sevenoaks; I can't receive any BBC stations, only 120 Rap-n-Crock oommercial ones!

It's disappointing after the advert blurbs, but not enough to return. Even with the "talk radio off" selected, it is very boomy on the bass of speech and music. It plays CDs well, but is not a mini replacement for separate decent sized speakers, tuner/amplifier and CD player.

Worse still, it consumes 16watts whether "off" or "on" is selected on the remote. My 5 channel, 450watt Hi-Fi FM tuner/amplifier of 10 years age consumes less than 1watt in the remote off position. 16watts times 24 times 365 equals 140Kwatts.At 9p each, that is £26 just to have it plugged in. I know, switch it off. But it consumes more power on standby than my TV, VHS, CD player, DVD player, and tuner/amplifier combined.