I say this product is a paradox because while the sound you get from such a small footprint is simply exquisite, the omission of other features defy explanation. For instance, out of the box your only sound source option is AM/FM radio. There is no internal blue tooth receiver, nor is there any sort of dock. If you wish to stream audio from an external device, you get to spend another $100 for the Bose Blue Tooth Adapter: Bose Wave Bluetooth Music Adapter
So if you want blue tooth, you get to pollute the small, beautiful, footprint of this exquisite device with an external, plugged in adapter.
If you can live without blue tooth, the device includes an auxiliary input, but no auxiliary cable. I know you can buy such a cable on Amazon for under $5, but at $350 for this unit, it doesn't simply come with such a cable? Bose indeed calls this unit the Bose Wave Radio instead of the Bose Blue Tooth Speaker. I get that - but who spends this kind of money to only listen to FM radio, talk radio on AM, or just an alarm for a few moments each morning? So if you go the aux. cable route to listen to music, once again you get to pollute the small footprint with your plugged in external device.
If you don't mind the external music source issues, the sound is really amazing. After I connected my phone, and turned off all EQ settings, I streamed Spotify at the highest quality setting. Bose recommends turning off any EQ settings so you get accurate, original sound as intended by the artist. Good advice. The music is indeed accurate, with amazing, clear highs and nice lows with no distortion or muddiness. I was very impressed with how much quality sound emits from the relatively small footprint.
If my griping above makes it appear that I don't like or appreciate the sound quality, rest assured that is not the case. I just think for the premium selling price, some very basic features should have been included. If you can live with the above limitations, you should be happy with the sound quality.