Written on: 01/03/2013
Not terrible, but not in the realm of quality available from companies like Boston and Tivoli. Specifically? The sound is "smooth", but, to quote the old cliche, "no highs, no lows, they must be Bose". And these better competititive products cost a hundred, or two (or more) less. But someone has to pay for the saturation advertizing, and that someone is the oblivious Bose consumer. (read more)
Written on: 10/02/2013 by BernardBradford
The bass is very boomy, something akin to a teenager's aftermarket car stereo. There is no equaliser to adjust bass or treble which is a major omission for such an expensive system. My special offer included an Iphone dock which is OK but useless as a charging system as it only works when the unit is operational and not while on standby. (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2012 by Lance-Chinnian (1 review written)
I've owned one of the original Wave Music Systems from about 10 year ago (when the CD try opened up on the top of the unit). Have always been impressed with the sound quality plus features like being able to set the volume of the alarm and CD track number. I've been waiting for them to introduce an integrated DAB version (Number III) but am disappointed by the price. Why no introductory offer price for the new model or at least a price promotion for the Bank Holiday (like most other... (read more)
Written on: 26/12/2011
didnt care paying 500$ for nothing, i got lot of money, but cd tray jam after 3 weeks,WOW serious ok the sound was good for the size of it, but dont even come close of a real system,i used it only in the morning when i was making my breakfeasts, an what u know cd tray jam after 3 weeks!!!try to call bose support, was so long before talkin to someone that i just threw it in the trash.so if I had to rate the quality/price,i would say that if you pay more tha 50$,DO NOT BUY THIS, an NEVER use... (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2011 by boody111 (1 review written)
I was very worried after reading the negative reviews on this site as I was awaiting delivery of my Bose Wave radio/CD. However, after unpacking and installing I think the system is excellent. It is compact and fills my large room with high quality sound. The DAB radio receives even more station than my pure radios I have in other locations around the house. If you want a mega loud system with bulky speakers, etc. then don't buy. If you want an elegant technical space saving solution that... (read more)
Written on: 03/06/2011 by r1mcleod (1 review written)
The first Bose Product that I do not like! This radio has more bass than I need, almost a Sub Woofer. The audio quality is poor and Mono natural like, with no tone control. Do not make the mistake that all Bose products sound good, try it before you buy. I bought this to connect to a TV, set it on an open shelf under the TV. Bose says moving the radio to another area is recommended to lower the Bass! This radio was purchased under a replacement program through Bose, send in a broken... (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2007 by Angel 1
I would highly recommend the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System Stereo Speakers as the quality of sound is so impressive that I feel its well worth the price tag. I would also recommend the DAB radio as there is a big difference in sound quality between digital broadcasts and normal FM/AM frequencys. (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2011
Dont beleive the hype! Total waste of money, anyone that knows the slightest thing about sound quality will tell you the same. A friend gave me his wave after having owned it for about 6 months. It came with a cd jammed in it. No problem as a handy local electronics store sorted that out for £15. The sound quality is typical Bose, USELESS in every respect. I have an old Sony micro system that cost about £90 and it knocks Bose into a cocked hat. Skipped it. (read more)
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... (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2010 by mikeswan (1 review written)
I must first declare an interest. I own a Bose centre of Excellence in Leicester called Around Sound but I am also a Wave CD player (Bose name, WMS) owner. From a personal point of view, I use it as a bedside / bed room device and it's on all the time I am in the room. I concede it would be better with DAB built in but the world we live in means you need more boxes what ever you start with so I now have an Revo internet radio plugged in and that's great too!.
I am so perplexed by how much... (read more)
Written on: 21/01/2010
Bought the Bose Accoustic Wave System with 'free' CD Changer as a Xmas present for my son The first time the CD changer was used it jammed with 5 CDs inside. Phone call to Help Line resulted in the CD changer being picked up for return as there was no possibility of the CDs being removed without forcing the changer open. The exchange did not arrive for a further 12 days and made so many grinding clunking noises we were afraid to entrust it with more CDs. After nearly a dozen calls to Bose... (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2009
Brought a bose wave system for £599. With all the fuss being made over these systems I was disappointed to say the least.
A system of this expense the DAB module was not built in, as with much cheaper systems, the sound was good but not what I expecting.
I have just sent my Bose back and had a full refund under the 30 days home trial.
Would I recommend them?
NO! (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2009 by oliol (2 reviews written)
The bose wave is a cool looking item to have in the home. I own three of them so they must be good. When using in conjunction with an ipod by means of an auxilary cable it never seems to get loud enough. You can get the Bose to go as loud as you can without any distortion in sound. At maximum volume it sounds so clear. (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2009
This Bose Wave Radio/CD system is style over function. It markets well and sells to all those who look at the style rather than listen to music. Not a proper music system. It is convenient though. Small compact but then so is a shoe box, don't waste your money unless you are not too fussed over cash or quality. (read more)
Written on: 28/06/2008
I bought a Bose Wave System with the multi CD player and after 18 months and used very little, the multi CD part would not eject a CD and is now inoperable. Of course it is out of warranty.I expected more for $700.00. Could have gotten a unit at WalMart that would perform as good. (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2008
The Bose Wave Radio/CD is far far too expensive for what it provides and has an appalling CD player. (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2008 by Reuben12 (1 review written)
Order the Graphite Grey colour. The Platinum White (BEIGE) is horrible. The same as the colour OLD PC's use to come in. Only slightly more beige. Dont recommend Bose Wave. (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2008 by sadhanayabe
Since buying mine nearly 18mths ago I have probably only played 20-30 CDs as the mechanism for ejecting failed this was replaced once(which took2 months) and fixed once but still manages to fail straight away.Also I find all the buttons on it a not very responsive unless pressed very firmly, When it does play the sound isn't as good as expected from all the hype. So generally while this is a funky looking machine and was very expensive I wonder if I got a lemon here. I didn't want a big... (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2007 by amcgarry (1 review written)
This beats the competition hands down, unless of course your taste runs to a room full of machinery, wires and flashing dials. Big is, clearly, not better! (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2006 by Reviewer100 (25 reviews written)
I'm really interested in top-quality hi-fi's, and I bought the BOSE unit to fill a niche; needed a small system, with no wires that would sit on a shelf in a box room. The BOSE unit was perfect for that purpose, but the sound can be lost in living rooms/lounges. The unit costs around £850. A Denon hifi of £250 would trounce it for sound and build quality. It doesn't have bass or treble control, nor does it have any other form of sound adjustments, but this suits me just fine. A top spec hi-fi... (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2006 by jhencken (2 reviews written)
I was absolutely horrified to find out that while there are all kinds of options for time, clock radio functions, and random playing of tracks, there is no bass/treble control for CD's on the Bose Wave Radio/CD micro system. Engineering varies enormously across CD's and EARS vary from one person to another. I don't like too much bass, and modern engineering over-emphasizes bass. With age I will lose some of my ability to hear the higher frequencies, and the system doesn't allow me to do... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2005 by maverick1on1 (3 reviews written)
Ok what is the Acoustic Wave Music System I hear (some of you) say........ well either check out the Bose web site http://www.bose.co.auk//homepage/ (Under WAVE Systems) OR simply look at those glossy ad's in the likes of your SKY TV Magazine etc to see what I am about to rave about? Well for many years like most of you out there, I had been putting up with the appalling output of my aging stereo CD player and midi system, wishing I could one day turn up the volume with out the fear of... (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2004 by bapowley (4 reviews written)
I've owned this Bose Wave Radio/CD small system for two years and because of the good quality sound am finally disposing of my B&O Becenter HX-Professional and Beogram 5005 system.
The Bose has excellent sound qualty, I'm no hi-fi buff but my hi-fi buff friens said the sound is superb comparing well with his Kenwood system - I believe him, he is an accomplished musician and singer. (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2004 by tbcass (2 reviews written)
If this Bose Wave Radio/CD Micro System was $200 I would rate it much higher. The Ads seem to give the impression it sounds like an expensive component systen. Trust me, it doesn't even sound as good as a mediocre component system. The bass is thin and totally lacking below 100 hz or so. The speakers are too close together so there is no stereo separation. Unless you don't care about value and the small size is very important to you don't waste your money. I returned mine the day after I got it. (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2004 by Revd Malcolm Drummond (1 review written)
This Bose Wave Radio/CD micro system is a triumph--sadly not in acoustic performance, but in the success of its marketing.
The machine is cheap and plastic in construction and the amplification is inadequate. The sound quality does not match what is said in the advertisements. The CD player is a lower end of the market type which doesn't even let you move along to various points in a long track. The radio performs satisfactorily.
I believe that most people having bought one have to... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2004 by PorkyFenman (1 review written)
This Bose Wave Radio/CD was purchased to replace a portable hi-fi micro system for my bedroom and as such , has been a vast improvement . For such a small unit , the overall sound is a joy , the bass is deep and pure , but treble can sometimes appear swamped and tinny . There is no facility to alter the bass/treble ratio , so some kinds of music don't fare well .
My biggest gripe is that when played at a low volume , the noisy cd mechanism intrudes . (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2003 by tuklusan (1 review written)
I replaced a Sony LBT-series bookshelf system with
detached bass-reflex three-way speakers with a
Bose Wave Radio/CD. The Wave Radio/CD easily outperforms the Sony LBT in terms of quality, richness, and depth of sound.
Some way to control the phase shifting for
loudness would have been nice, though.
Great product, definitely worth the price;
will buy again. (read more)
Written on: 25/07/2003 by Timmoss.
My wife recieved a mail out for this thing, and decided to relegate the HiFi to the loft in order to tidy up the sitting room. The Bose arrived and sits in the sitting room looking tidy (the room does look a lot better. But the promises of beautiful clear sound have deffinately not been realised. The bass is muddy and one-note in character, the top end is hard and there is little depth to the sound, acoustic, single instrument recording such as solo piano or harp are listenable, but... (read more)