Bose Wave Radio/CD



Bose Wave Radio/CD

do you guys reckon its worth the £449 price tag?

thinking of purchasing one since i dont currently have a hifi..just need something for the room....


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For that budget you could get a half decent seperates system (cd, amp and speakers). I've not heard the Bose but I'd certainly think about getting a seperates system as you'll have more choice and may get better results than the bose can offer.
I'd split the budget down to £180 amp, £150 cdp and £100 for some bookshelf speakers. That'd leave you a few quid for cables and interconnects. I can make some suggestions for kit in that price range if that'd help:)


Hi, your suggestions would be appreciated :)

main thing that really appeals to me about the Bose is that it's portable..hence can plug it in anywhere around the house easily...

however I am quite skeptical about its price and don't really want to waste money , especially since its non upgradable


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Obviously a seperates system won't be portable but will offer more flexibility and upgradability should you wish to replace any components later. I can make a few suggestions but you'll just have to go and have a listen to various combinations of cdp, amp and speakers. Each have an effect on overall sound and only you can judge what sounds best to your ear. One isn't necessarily better than another just different and you need to find the character of sound that appeals to you.

Here is some of the usual suspects for each component at various price ranges. These are just example if you shop around you WILL find cheaper (I have * the one's I prefer).





http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1579 *


http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=205863 *







http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1213 *


http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1240 *



http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301131 (absolute bargain imo)*







http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1091 *

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1145 *

If you mix and match any of those you'd get a nice sounding system imo. You just have to see which offers the best sound, styling and features that best suit your needs. If it's the bose then so be it but I'm sure if you compare the two a seperates system should win hands down:)

Good hunting:smashin:


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I've had first hand experience of the Bose and it has an amazing soud for the size/type of unit, but I'm pretty sure that you could get a similar performance from a Japanese product at half the price. I second Hawklord's cpmments about separates, but maybe another option could be one of the small Denon units...


To me this accoustic thingy mijig by Bose is overrated.

That isn't to say that their kit is poor quality, I actually use Bose 802 panaray speakers (8 of them) with 2 302 bass bins at school sometimes, and although it isn't QUITE the same, it is nice stuff.

I think i'd rather get the desktop Panasonic one with detatchable speakers - can't remember the model number but it looks nice! :D


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I was bought the Bose last year for the kitchen, cunningly by the wife. You see, I was talking about multilinking the system from the living room. This was a cheaper alternate and as space was an issue separates in the kitchen was not an option.
Anyway, the Bose Wave CD/Radio sits in the corner on a window sill (Which accentuates the base considerably). It works great in a square stone walled room. I'm very happy with the sound quality on both the radio & CD player, the ease of the dinky remote is great too. BUT if I really want to listen to music, rather than just hear it I crank the system up in the living room & open the doors - So its good for everyday listening, but not too good if you need to turn it up to "Eleven"
2 other people who have seen & heard the Bose Wave went out & bought it after seeing ours + we'd been inspired by a similar system in someone else’s kitchen.
I still dream of Linn Knekt to the kitchen, etc, oh - one day....


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bobbypunk said:
scen5 is probably the one you mean
that thing sounds horrid! you ever heard it? no bass, horribly coloured midrange, splashy treble. looks ok from a distance, but its so plasticky!!! the scpm19 for £20 more is so much better.....

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