Your Garage Best Books of the Month STEM nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Starting at $39.99 Grocery Handmade Mother's Day Gifts Shop Popular Services siliconvalley siliconvalley siliconvalley  All-New Echo Dot Starting at $49.99 Kindle Oasis National Bike Month on Amazon disgotg_gno_17
Customer Discussions > Bose forum

bose wave system

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-18 of 18 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 28, 2009, 8:57:08 AM PST
c-mo says:
share your thoughts of the bose wave system,

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2009, 6:59:56 PM PDT
I am pleased with the Wave I purchased, about 2 years ago. I have not had a problem with it at all. Is it 'overpriced"? I suspect it is; what isn't....?; yet for what it is ( a compact, well-crafted unit, with quality sound output) it shines. I do not believe I was ripped-off in any form or fashion. (I do question people who feel it is their 'mission" to warn people of the evils of Bose. Are they really trying to help people, or just advance their person adjendas?...that's another topic.
I am more than satisfied
with mine; that is what matters!
Good luck in your quest!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2009, 7:14:32 AM PDT
Joyce Barker says:
I'm listening to mine right now. I have had it for over 10 years and the sounds is still amazing. I'm just trying to decide if I want to buy the cd changer... And I'm not certain if my older unit is set up to interface with the cd changer (they were not available when I bought this wave).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2009, 12:35:43 AM PST
BitBanger says:
I had an older (pre-CD) Wave radio, and yes you can easily plug an external (non-Bose) CD player into the Aux jack on that unit. We used a Sony 5 CD changer to play Christmas music for years, however any CD player with a "line level" output will work. You can get the connection cable at any electronics store (Radio Shack, Fry's, etc.). I don't think that the older units will work with the new Bose CD changer since it's a custom connection that the older Wave radios don't have.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2009, 10:48:29 AM PST
J. Cornell says:
BitBanger, you're comment is exactly what I was looking for! Have you compared the radio and external cd player with the wave system? I imagine they would sound pretty similar. If you can answer this, you save me a trip to the store!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2009, 6:32:06 PM PST
L. Taylor says:
After reading multiple reviews of the CD Changer after (generally) 2 years of use and all its issues, I would not recommend getting the changer. I love our WAVE system, but will not add the CD changer - especially at a cost of $249 and all of the same problems with multiple purchasers.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2009, 7:23:50 PM PST
Misty says:
Bitbanger, I hope you can help me. I bought a reconditioned Bose wave radio + one CD from a Bose factory outlet and love it. The sales rep, however, said that I could easily play my Linn turntable through it by getting a cable for $20 or so from Radio Shack. Whatever I am doing is wrong because the sound comes out at a very low level. Would you please describe exactly what a line level output and connection cable look like? I can't get out much and am grateful for any advice. p.s. The turntable is high-end but over 15 years old.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009, 10:06:21 AM PST
I live in a mobile home constructed in 1969. The original siding is metal. It has been covered with vinyl siding. I bought a Bose radio several years ago but was unable to hear any stations at all. This is not the fault of Bose since my Sony stereo receiver does not get any stations either. I returned the Bose but still have the Sony since I used it for my surround sound system. I have now taken everything down and retired the Sony since buying an LG 55" LED TV. Folks say the speakers on this LG are not very good but I have found that they are quite good. You have total control of how they are set up. I would still like to have surround sound for certain movies and dvd's. Is there a wireless system available yet? I removed so many wires when I took the surround sound speakers down that I do not want to do it that way again. After reading the reviews on an $899 Bose unit which Amazon is selling, I hesitate to even use a wired system and wouldn't pay that much anyway. My old system was comprised of the Sony receiver and three speakers which came with it plus a sub woofer and rear speakers which cost very little and sounded great.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010, 2:14:22 PM PST
J. B says:
I have had a bose wave music system for 10 years and last year bought a bose acoustic wave system 11 DAB radio. I was very pleased with the original and have since shifted that to the bedroom on alarm clock duties with the newer machine in daily use in the conservatory. These may not be cheap machines but they have been very satisfactory stand alone units, recently I have taken to playing spotify playlists through the acoustic wave and am currently awaiting delivery of a soundlink adaptor so I dont have to run a long cable between laptop and bose. The only complaint I would have made about the operation of the unit(s) is that the cd changer is slow and noisy, I wouldnt recommend it to anyone and gave it back. As to the asthetics, everything, CD changer, DAB module, Soundlink adaptor, are afterthoughts which Bose have made little attempt to integrate, they have opted to develop and sell these as bolt on items, the design is firmly entrenched in the late 70's or early 80's and the remote is a bit flimsy and is prone to disappearing for long periods, we also use the acoustic wave as a replacement for a mid priced surround sound system and it performs well with much less clutter, overall I have not been disappointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2010, 9:17:20 AM PST

Posted on Jan 25, 2010, 2:22:36 PM PST
I am interested in the Bose Wave System with the CD Changer where can I purchase it at the best price? Tom @

Posted on Jan 25, 2010, 2:25:26 PM PST
I am interested in the Bose Wave System with the CD Changer where can I purchase it at the best price? Tom @

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2010, 6:41:54 AM PST
J. B says:
This is an update to an earlier post, I received my soundlink adaptor in the post and when I went to install it found out that I would need to uninstall my DAB module, you cannot, it is evident, have both. So if you have the DAB module on your Wave 11 system and wish to install the soundlink adaptor you have to bin the DAB. PS you cannot hot swap them either, they need different software upgrades, bolt on afterthoughts indeed. Bose will come clean when you call about it although I would have been happier if their sales staff had known and not sold me the thing in the first place.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010, 12:58:46 PM PDT
Paul says:
When I had my house remodeled, one of the "gifts" from the construction company was a Bose Wave radio. My wife decided it would make a good alarm clock. So, we put it in the bedroom. Immediately, we learned why it makes a terrible alarm clock: you can't control any aspect of the radio without the remote control. And, when the radio comes on in the morning, you have to either remember precisely where you put it or fumble around in the dark for it, and then just start hitting buttons until the thing shuts off. And, if you don't shut it off, the volume just keeps getting louder, and louder, and louder until it's at full tilt. At that point, pulling the plug out of the wall is a good option. Also, we just had the change to daylight savings time a couple weeks ago. And, the remote doesn't work (I checked the battery and it's at a full 3 volts). So, now the clock is off by an hour and I can't use the radio (no way to turn it on). But, it's not completely useless. I suppose it would still work as a door stop.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2010, 9:09:11 PM PDT
If you have an ipod, a cable hookup is all you need. You'll get a lot more music enjoyment than with the changer. It works with the older model also.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2010, 11:11:59 AM PDT
Paul says:
Unfortunately, I don't have an ipod and have no desire to get one. I did order a new remote battery off of ebay for $2 (shipping included). I figured that was worth a shot. Also, I have seen replacement remotes for $10. I just can't believe that Bose didn't put a single operational button on the unit itself. With all the "research" they do, you would think the ability to operate the unit without the remote would be on the list of customer-friendly features. The remote for my Sony Bravia TV looks like it was designed at NASA. But, at least the TV itself has power, volume up and down, channel up and down, and input select buttons on it, so I can actually watch TV if something happens to the remote.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2010, 8:26:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2010, 8:29:10 AM PST
Paul Bender says:
The output from a turntable is typically either a moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) signal. Neither of these signals are compatible with standard auxiliary (AUX) inputs on receivers such as the Bose radio. The MM & MC interfaces are unique and require a receiver or preamplifier that is compatible with them. Unfortuantely, since turntables are no longer very common, neither are receivers with turntable inputs. Good luck!

Posted on Dec 14, 2010, 9:29:05 AM PST
Bose offers a unique sound. Remember the old ads, is it real or is it brand X? There are some of us who find only a live concert can equal the tones and presence of Bose. They tend to be pricy but used and refurbished systems are available. I picked up a pair of Bose computer speakers a few years ago for $69.

Make sure the sound is one you want. For me Sony is about the same as any no-name speakers, but that is personal opinion.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›
[Add comment]
Add your own message to the discussion
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Prompts for sign-in

Recent discussions in the Bose forum (37 discussions)


This discussion

Discussion in:  Bose forum
Participants:  14
Total posts:  18
Initial post:  Jan 28, 2009
Latest post:  Dec 14, 2010

New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made.
Tracked by 8 customers