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Exceptional sounding system ~ Vastly overpriced
on December 22, 2012
I've owned the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System II for the past 5 years, and although I have no complaints about the way it performs, I believe that it's way overpriced. Prior to owning this unit, we owned the original Bose Acoustic Wave Machine. When we purchased the original version, it was priced similar to what this one is priced at. At the time, and even when I purchased this one, I felt that the price was justified for the high quality performance that the system delivered. My feeling is that the high price of the original unit, as well as this one when it was first released, was justified because of the years and years of research that Bose put into the design of such a marvelous device. Now, since it's been almost 30 years since the original version was first produced, Bose should realize that prices for electronics have come down. The Acoustic Wave music system ll is very similar to the original version. The way I look at it is this. If you purchase a High Definition TV today, you'll end up paying about 75% less than you paid for a similar TV just 6 years ago, yet the TV you buy today will be a lot better. The same applies to most consumer electronics. With the Bose Acoustic Wave music system ll, you're basically getting the same thing that you would have, had you purchased the device when it was first introduced back in the 1980's. Yes, there have been some improvements and additions, but none that would justify the price being kept so artificially high.
There is no question that the performance of the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System II is phenomenal. Compared with much larger systems with separate speakers, the Bose performs admirably. On this scale, it definitely deserves 5 stars. If you've never listened to it before, you'll be astounded that such a small music system could put out such incredible sound. Even in a very large room, the sound produced by this device is nothing short of phenomenal. It has rich bass, and crisp mid range and treble. It's truly astounding when you hear it for the first time. The problem is that there are other companies that are producing similar systems for a fraction of what Bose charges. They may not be quite as good, but at a price of less than half of what you pay for the Bose system, you could purchase one from a different manufacturer that would sound almost as magnificent as this one does.
The bottom line is that this device gets 5 stars for performance and 1 star for price. That's why I rate it an overall 3 stars.