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Tech: Bose wave music system

number 6 18 Jun 06 - 07:47 AM
Terry K 19 Jun 06 - 03:04 AM
GUEST, Topsie 19 Jun 06 - 03:30 AM
mandotim 19 Jun 06 - 03:33 AM
treewind 19 Jun 06 - 03:50 AM
JohnInKansas 19 Jun 06 - 04:37 AM
IvanB 19 Jun 06 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,leeneia 20 Jun 06 - 10:08 AM
number 6 22 Jun 06 - 11:51 PM
Anonny Mouse 23 Jun 06 - 12:32 AM
GUEST,GRADY 11 Jan 11 - 02:34 PM
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GUEST,Frug 11 Jan 11 - 02:56 PM
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Subject: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: number 6
Date: 18 Jun 06 - 07:47 AM

I'd appreceiate any opinions on the Bose wave music system. What are other 'small' sound systems worth looking iot as an alternative.

sIx


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: Terry K
Date: 19 Jun 06 - 03:04 AM

All I know is that they mailshot me about 4 times a year. The latest mailing offers a large price reduction, but it's still a load of money.

I do have the Bose sounddock for my iPod, which is really convenient for parties and so on. The sound is very good and it will fill a large room. However, if I compare it with my music system (Denon with Ruark speakers), it sounds a bit thin and lacking in detail.

Which is why I haven't been tempted by the Wave system yet.

cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 19 Jun 06 - 03:30 AM

Years ago I responded to one of their adverts, which didn't include any mention of prices. (If you have to ask, you can't afford it.)
They have never given up, but at their prices they probably have plenty to waste on paper and postage costs.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: mandotim
Date: 19 Jun 06 - 03:33 AM

I've used one, and it's great, but it's much too much money for the advantages it gives. My second-hand HK LUCAS 600 system gives better projection, and is just as flexible in terms of transportability, adding extra power etc. HK are German, and hugely over-engineered. The Bose is a Rolls Royce, but the HK is more like a Volkswagen.
IMHO, of course.
Tim


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: treewind
Date: 19 Jun 06 - 03:50 AM

The opinion of most audio professionals is that they are rubbish.

For the same money, you can get a very nice conventional PA that will walk all over the Bose.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 19 Jun 06 - 04:37 AM

Having not heard one, I can't offer a real opinion, but every time I see/hear one of their ads I'm reminded of the ad man's adage: "You don't need to advertise if your product's really better than the rest of 'em." Bose advertises a lot.

Since it's a long way out of my price range it's too far out of my interest range to justify searching out their "secret patents" on the special features they claim to have. I made some fairly casual searches a couple of years ago; but since I didn't find anything I sort of lost interest.

Zenith had a (possibly) similar pitch in the late 1940s and a bit into the 50s, and their radios (AM) did sound better to many people. They sold a lot of them and got great testimonials from satisfied users. They used a speaker about a half inch larger in diameter than the average, put it in a closed box to stiffen it up a bit, boosted everything below 70 Hz by about 6 dB and dumped everything above about 12 kHz. It sounded better than the average AM radio to most people, because it didn't have all the hiss and crackle, and the strong bass made it "soothing."

When decent fidelity systems started to be cheap in the early-mid 50s people learned it was incredibly low-fi, and that style simply stopped selling.

"Sounds good to me" is not a very convincing sales pitch (for me), and I haven't heard anything but that from Bose. (But maybe I just quit listening when I heard the price.)

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: IvanB
Date: 19 Jun 06 - 03:42 PM

The woman who cuts our hair has one in her shop and it sounds ok but, to me, not worth the price they're asking. I have a cheap little JVC "exectutive" system that I port into my PC and I think it gives me sound superior to the Bose, at a cost less than $100 US.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 20 Jun 06 - 10:08 AM

I did a cursory check with Consumer Reports, and in 2004 they tested and rated speakers. A Cambridge was the best, then Bose, then a Sony. The Sony was a best buy.

Me, I'm still happy with my speakers from 1969.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: number 6
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 11:51 PM

Appreciate your posts everyone.

leenia .... just replaced my old large heavy Vivid column speakers.

I Settled with small and impressive sounding JBL book shelf speakers.

sIx


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 23 Jun 06 - 12:32 AM

Somehow, I always get ol' Paul Harvey...who sound sooo dern sincere...hawking Bose Wave systems on his show (I'm on the road a lot around noon, and he's on our local new station every day about 12:20. Anyway, I seem to recall these are about $2k? That's for the big'un...which aint so big.

Sounds better than most "Boom Boxes"--but not 2k better!! I'd look into JVC, Sony, whatever. I don't know where Bose gets the 'nads to sell that little box for 2k, or around 400.00 for a table radio?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: GUEST,GRADY
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 02:34 PM

I THINK JVC IS THE BEST


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: RTim
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 02:39 PM

We have a Bose Wave Radio - it is very good. We've had it at least 8 or 10 years.
Very easy to install, only takes a little space, has a remote, the ability to plug in other items, eg. iPod or Tape etc.. and SOUNDS GREAT!!
I have heard some who have built in CD player, that the controls are only on the remote, NONE on machine, and they didn't like that.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: GUEST,Frug
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 02:56 PM

I have had a Bose system for about 3 years. It is radio, CD and CD exchanger. Cost £500 from the factory outlet in Bicester and was one that had been returned following one of their "Taste and Try" marketing campaigns. (Retail price about £1150) It is a big sound and certainly does fill the whole of our downstairs at only a fraction of the volume control. Overall we have been very pleased with it however the major drawback is that you have virtually no control over the bass/treble settings and you are reliant on the factory settings. To an large extent this has been OK, however there are certain sorts of music and certain types of recording where you do want to tinker about and that is not possible. Final line satisfied...mostly.....would I do it again.....probably not I would go for Cambridge.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 04:33 PM

Messed around with our living room sound at the end of last year. Perhaps a little silly but I decided not to go "hi-fi" but to use "pro audio". Wound up connecting PC, DVD/VCR and TV via a mixer I had spare and we bought a pair of Wharfedale pro active 10.1 studio monitors and a Samson Rubicon R10s sub woofer. Think it cost about £450.

I quite like the remote with R10s. One really handy thing with it is that you can adjust the sub volume on its own as well as the overall system volume - it works well as a "tone control".

As for the sound, it will fill the (16' x 21') living room with ease and do a lot more but far more importantly my parents (as well as finding it easy to use) much prefer (and it's their ears that matter) the sound to that of the Marantz amp and I think Sony speakers that they had before.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Bose wave music system
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Jan 11 - 04:53 PM

With air miles points, (thus no cost) I got one for a grandson.

It is an adequate small cd player and FM radio, but I have a Sony with two portable speakers that I much prefer, better sound and cheaper.

I have a good music system- separate amplifier, disc players, large speakers, but in my bedroom, the Sony works well.

I would never buy the Bose. Not only expensive, but one can get better for the same price. Perhaps a little better than a good "boombox."


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