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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAAAT!? 500 dollars for a stereo? Is this the 80's?, June 20, 2012
This review is from: Bose Wave Music System III (Electronics)
I bought this system through the Bose website because they offer a 90 day no questions asked return policy which includes shipping, PLUS 6 month zero percent financing, so I could try it out and only put up a hundred bucks to decide if I want to keep it. The first thing I thought when I saw the different options were that the prices are RIDICULOUS. For one of these guys without the CD player, it's 350 bucks. You add a simple decades old technology CD player, and they bump it up 150 dollars. Insane. However, if you don't listen to CDs and use your iPhone or MP3 player to listen to the majority of your music, you can get the CD playerless model, and add bluetooth connectivity for 100 bucks, which totals 450 for the system. I opted to go for this model, partly because I can always add bluetooth later but can't add the CD, and because I buy most of my music through amazon and it's all burnable to MP3 format, so I have CDs with over 120 songs on them in alphabetical order that I listen to in my car, and it's a huge bonus that they all work on this CD player.

So, moving along... Unpacking and getting it up and playing is as easy as the listing said it would be. Take the cord, plug it into the unit, and plug the other side into the wall, and voila- you're ready to go. One thing that I want to mention is that this does not come with an FM/AM antenna included, but the instruction manual says that you can plug one in, so that's something you may want to consider if you're living in the boonies or out in the middle of BFN. The unit uses the power cord as the antenna, and the manual states that the cord should be straight to get optimal results, but I haven't really had any problems with getting the stations I want to listen to, so it might be YP, but not MP. (My problem)

The design of the unit is very simple and seemingly seemless. There is a "touch pad" at the top of the unit, which is nothing more than an invisible button useful for the alarm functions, a slot for a CD, an lcd display, all on a clunky, though charmingly attractive box. The remote control is essential to this music player's operation, and Bose is probably counting on me losing it so they can wring me out for more cash. The remote is nothing special, and almost reminds me of those remotes I used to get when I had Kenwood CD players and disc changers installed in my car. Nonetheless, if you lose it, you won't be able to use this thing for much.

There are four inputs/outputs on the back of the system, and they are: FM antenna, Bose link, AUX in, and Headphones. The AUX in and Headphones outputs are both 3.5 mm, which is the smaller of the two main connectors, but if you have a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter (that costs like 2 bucks on amazon) you can plug in your digital piano, or guitar from the amp into the AUX IN. I've done both, and the sound, especially from my Casio Previa Digital Piano came out about a million times cleaner and more pleasing than the stock speakers. You can also use professional headphones with quarter inch jacks with the adapter, but that almost defeats the purpose of spending 500 bucks+ on a stereo set.

After taking the time to learn the components, the remote and operation, alarm functions and time setup etc. and finally getting to really listen to music, it's easy to remember why I bought this thing in the first place. The sound is as good as money can buy. I'm a leisure musician living with a family of musicians, and we all appreciate the distinctive Bose sound. The songs I've listened to seem to come to life, and the speakers don't miss a single detail. Playing Christopher Cross's "Sailing" turns the living room into a warm day in the bay, listening to Kenny Chesney takes me back to my roots in Tennessee, "Turkish March" transforms the space into a music hall, and the bass from Juvenile's "Back that Azz Up" really makes my house feel like the VIP room at the club. When I listen to my Wave, I like to just close my eyes and absorb the sound that you almost never get to hear in your car or from your ipod. It's ear candy.
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Initial post: Jul 17, 2012 11:10:59 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 17, 2012 11:12:02 AM PDT
What a great review! Thanks! Unlike "shuffle play?" review below which has nothing to do with the current Bose unit.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 9:17:46 AM PDT
M. L. Rogers says:
I agree, the review was phenomenal. I especially appreciate the variety of music tested on the system. I am anxiously awaiting my new and first time Bose purchase.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 8:03:16 PM PST
Coco_Houston says:
OMG!!!! Someone needs to pay you! You write is one of the funniest, entertaining, and packed with so much information!!!! Hope you're writing somewhere!

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 11:02:26 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2013 7:32:27 AM PST
Joe Blow says:
"OMG!!!! Someone needs to pay you! You write is one of the funniest, entertaining, and packed with so much information!!!!"

I think Bose is paying him.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2013 5:58:00 PM PST
V. Yalung says:
Joe, if you could kindly ask Bose to make sure the checks they are sending me are addressed correctly, I would sure appreciate it. Thanks.

Posted on May 3, 2013 7:30:28 AM PDT
Sorry . . . But I Don't Quite Understand Your Title Statement . . . On The Bose Wave III Music System . . . - Wave® Music System III - Titanium Silver - . . . You See . . . My "Stereo-Component-System-To-End-My-Need-For-Any-And-All-Future-Purchases-Of-Stereo-Component-Systems" . . . Cost . . . Upwards Of $1500 . . . (In The Late 1970's-Early 1980's) . . . And These Days I Have No Idea The Expense . . . BUT . . . In All Fairness To Your Time And Detail Shown In This Review . . . I Commend Your Efforts . . . You See . . . I Have Been A Long-Time Customer@Amazon . . . And I Always Read The Reviews Prior To Making A Purchase . . . And . . . Over The Years It Has Saved Me The UnDue Aggravation; Expense And Time Required To Return An Item . . . Thank You For Making My Buying Process Much Easier . . .

Posted on May 25, 2013 1:56:29 PM PDT
AmazonAddict says:
wow...I have been wanting one of these for years...the want is over. I am getting one based on your review. Thank you!

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 3:34:06 AM PDT
Maha says:
Well written I must admit. But after a closer scrutiny one can notice that the reviewer has not specifically addressed the main issue- that is the quality of the sound in detail. When one pays Premium for quality sound (high price) the review should pay more attention about the quality of the sound rather than other details (We what you have done is okay) but perhaps you need to write more about the sound..after all if I were to buy a Bose it's because of the sound not for anything else...Thank You
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