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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent product for most people, August 20, 2012
This review is from: Wave® Music System III with Multi-CD Changer - Titanium Silver (Electronics)
My faithful stereo of nearly 15 years bit the dust and I started looking for something the right size, with a CD changer. My old stereo had a 5 CD changer and this one only holds 4, one in the main unit and three in the add-on changer, but it was the best I could find in a good size. It has some excellent points and some that I don't really like, so research before you buy. First, the issue of clarity/sound. This little guy has great sound and the clarity is mind-boggling, but this is, to my mind, a unit that was first designed for people who listen to classical music and other music styles where the sound of each individual instrument is important. This unit does that incredibly well, especially with earphones. The volume is great unless you're in a gigantic room (and it will still get pretty loud)and the sound, on any type of music, is good. However, if you like rattle-the-windows percussion where the drums are beating your heart for you, this may not be your best choice. I find that the drums sound good, but aren't as prominent as some stereo systems make them and there is no equalizer to tweak it and get it rocking better. Still, for most people it won't be that much of a problem. It also has no buttons to push. Yep, nothing, nada. There's a place to press on top of it (but no button or anything; you just pat it like you would a puppy, very gently) to turn it on or off, but no other place on it to adjust anything. It's all remote control driven. I'll just admit up front that I do not like the remote control. It's a so-called "credit card" remote and yes, it is very thin, but that's part of the problem. It's very thin, absolutely covered with buttons (but no numeral buttons to go straight to a particular song) and there's not any place really to hang onto it without pushing a button. It's hard to hold and that makes it hard to use. Plus, I had to buy a second one since I found that with no buttons on the unit, I was constantly hunting the remote and it was always across the room. I also don't like the way it kicks out a CD. It only puts it out a little way, so you have to take hold of the disk to pull it the rest of the way out. I like to put my finger in the disk center to avoid touching the disk, but you can't do that since it's not far enough out.

All this sounds like I don't like it at all, but really I'm pleased with it overall. I think that Bose should update a little to accomodate the fact that a lot of their listeners now are beginning to be rock and rollers and they like more drum sound. I really think an expensive unit like this should have an equalizer to give some choice about the sound you want, though I admit that with more percussion, they might have to have bigger speakers, which would increase the size and the cost. Still, it's a great unit and so little bitty that it hardly takes any space at all, maybe 15 inches or so wide. Other good points include the incredibly fast set-up (VERY easy) and the CD changer is fairly quiet and fast, compared to most stereos that clang and clunk for a minute or two.

Bottom line, I like the stereo and if it lasts a decent amount of time (which only time will tell) it will be well worth the money. Most of the bad points aren't that bad and the good points are pretty good, so I am pleased, overall.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2012, 10:34:04 AM PST
Can the unit be connected to alternate speakers also? We have outdoor speakers on our deck that our current system feeds also.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012, 10:19:48 PM PST
D. Mckinzie says:
I think that you probably can, but you may need special cables. The manual that comes with it talks about hooking up other equipment to it and recommends that you contact Bose customer service to find out what to get and where you can get it. The USA # for that is 1-508-766-1900 or you can go to their website. I called them before I ordered my system and they seemed pretty knowledgeable and helpful.
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