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''The Wave® music system was engineered for easy enjoyment, right out of the box. No setup required: just plug it in and you're ready to go. The FM/AM radio and CD player are built in. There's an auxiliary input for your MP3 or other portable player, and a headphone jack for keeping the music to yourself.''
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★★☆☆☆
Bose Wave® Music System

“The world's most overpriced clock radio”

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“Disappointing”

Written on: 10/02/2013 by BernardBradford (1 review written)

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“best ever”

Written on: 30/11/2012 by maxmick (1 review written)

held of buying for years thinking expensive, wife bought one as presant,fantastic worth every penny wish now i had bought years ago one of the best things ive ever had… Read Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“Good but not THAT good ... and TOTALLY OVER PRICED!”

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 retailers… Read Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“WTF????”

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 the… Read Full Review

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Datadiffusion's Comment

Written on: 29/03/2012

Lets see, you buy an expensive, new item, and whilst its under warranty and completely fixable, you 'threw it in the trash' just because you had a long wait on the phone?! What a pointless and useless review.

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★★★★★
Bose Wave® Music System

“Can,t believe some of the negative reviews.”

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 Full Review

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Mikeaswift's Response to boody111's Review

Written on: 24/12/2012

JUST BOUGHT WAVE SYSTEM III ,BEEN SAVING BEST PART OF YEAR.WAS TOLD BY BOSE TELE SALES I WOULD RECEIVE SPECIFIC EARPHONES.RANG TO ORDER AND WAS ADVISED I HAD BEEN GIVEN WRONG ADVISE TO EARPHONES AND WERE A CHEAPER HALF PRICE VERSION .ANYWAY WANTED THE WAVE III SO ORDERED.IT ARRIVED 4 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS,THOUGHT ID CHECK IT AS IVE HEARD HORROR STORIES.TO MY ASTONISHMENT THE LED PLASTIC COVER WAS MISSING,AMAZING £700 WHAT HAPPENED TO QUALITY CONTROL,THEY TRIED TO FOB ME OF SAYING MANAGER BUSY,I DEMANDED CALLBACK WITHIN HOUR.SHE RANG TO SAY NO MORE WHITE ONES IN COUNTRY,PROBABLY THATS WHY I GOT ONE WITH MISSING FACIA.WAT A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO REMEMBER BOSE BY BEWARE!

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★★☆☆☆
Bose Wave® Music System

“Wave Radio 2 = Sub Woofer”

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 radio… Read Full Review

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★★★★★
Bose Wave® Music System

“I would highly recommend the Bose Acoustic Wave Music...”

Written on: 28/12/2007 by Angel 1 (1 review written)

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“Dont beleive the hype! Total waste of money, anyone...”

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 Full Review

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Datadiffusion's Comment

Written on: 29/03/2012

Again, if you see the kind of money these things change hands for, I find it really hard to believe your freind gave you a £500 item and that you 'skipped' something you could easily have sold for at least £100, whether you thought it sounded OK or not!

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★★★☆☆
Bose Wave® Music System

“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.
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Bose Wave® Music System

“I must first declare an interest. I own a Bose centre...”

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 bad… Read Full Review

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Datadiffusion's Response to mikeswan's Review

Written on: 29/03/2012

Yes, there is a lot of unfair anti-bose sentiment out there, and I can kind of see why - you get a good product but you really do pay too much for it. But I can totally appreciate that not everyone wants ugly black boxes in their kitchen or bedroom just to get 'hifi sound' from typically compressed DAB and FM stations...

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Bose Wave® Music System

“Bought the Bose Accoustic Wave System with 'free' CD...”

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 Full Review

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Pigfarmer's Comment

Written on: 09/01/2012

Thanks for this honest review have had trouble with my order which I have now cancelled. Company very happy to take money then the help stops. Off to john Lewis in the morning.

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★★☆☆☆
Bose Wave® Music System

“Brought a bose wave system for £599. With all the fuss...”

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“The bose wave is a cool looking item to have in the...”

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“This Bose Wave Radio/CD system is style over function....”

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“I bought a Bose Wave System with the multi CD player...”

Written on: 29/06/2008

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“The Bose Wave Radio/CD is far far too expensive for...”

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“Order the Graphite Grey colour. The Platinum White...”

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 Full Review

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Bose Wave® Music System

“Since buying mine nearly 18mths ago I have probably...”

Written on: 04/01/2008 by sadhanayabe (1 review written)

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 unit… Read Full Review

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★★★★★
Bose Wave® Music System

“Keep up the great work Bose people!”

Written on: 02/05/2007 by GirlJinni (1 review written)

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