Bose Wave music system (platinum white)
Manufacturer: Bose Corp. Part number: 33976
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as of 05/19/2013
CNET editors' review
price range: $879.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 11/08/2004
- Released on: 10/15/2004
The good: Simple to set up and use; attractive design; improved sound; plays MP3 CDs; line-in support for other devices; 30-day trial period.
The bad: Expensive; no bass or treble control.
The bottom line: Bose's Wave Music System improves upon the original in both design and performance.
there is a reason they tell you to keep the volume up for optimal sound
by Joshua Garfinkle on February 5, 2008
Pros: Nice design, sleek look
Cons: Average sound at normal decibal levels, and no buttons
Summary: As soon as you open the box and glance at the directions you realize that something is amiss. Bose gives you a CD full of specific sounds that would sound ...
Summary: As soon as you open the box and glance at the directions you realize that something is amiss. Bose gives you a CD full of specific sounds that would sound the same (great) on any average system with the volume turned up to the level they recommend. However, if you keep the volume where they tell you to, you will soon need to by a Bose hearing aid to fix the hearing loss you will suffer. At normal listening volume ranges the device is mediocre. At $100 I would recommend it. At $200 I would say its ok, but for the $500 they charge, I would say go out and buy something else.Updated
Like lemmings, we sometimes foolishly follow the pack on things. The Bose Wave Radio is one of those things. The commercial shows us "scientifically" how the item is supposed to work which to a thinking person makes no sense, but hey we also buy knives that are supposed to cut through our shoes. Anyhow, the system arrived, and the best sound I have achieved out of it was with their cleverly written demo CD (full of deep base, and high treble) which I was told to play at one of the hightest volumes available on the machine to realize true room filling sound. No kidding, you mean if I turn up the volume really loud it will fill a room. The reality is the sound quality on the Bose Wave Music System is only marginally better than say a 1980's Sony Clock Radio. I think we all say we like it because we feel duped to have purchased an infomercial touted $500 stereo, or perhaps we just pretend to like it, since we feel something is wrong with us, that we don't notice the difference like the "Real Customers" who give their testimonials on the infomercial. I guess it is another hard learned lesson in reality, that a small plastic box with two speakers will sound like a small plastic box with two speaker unless you turn up the volume so loud your neighbors can hear it.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Just bought my second - most miss the reason for the high cost
Pros: The new Bose wave meets "all" of the claims the fortune in advertising claims. I bought my first two months ago, and went to the Bose store yesterday to pick up a second Bose for a different room. A few weeks ago I also purchased a Boston Recepter for t
Cons: I would have liked to see more FM presets. It would also have been nice to have the the alarm off button on the remote somehow made easier to find (feel) in the dark.
9 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Returned After 1 Week Trial...
Pros: Easy to use -- talk radio EQ setting is a nice touch --neat, neutral style -- build quality appears very high...
Cons: In a few design areas, Bose has sadly regressed in this new version; F-type connector for FM antenna has been replaced with 3.5mm plug -- this is dumb -- couldn't plug in my Magnum Dynalab ST-2! RCA jacks for aux input have been replaced with a 3.5mm ster
9 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Clock radio for the well-to-do
by bousozoku on March 20, 2006
Pros: Easy setup, easy to use, good sound
Cons: Still pricy even though similar products now exist
Summary: I've had my Wave Radio for nearly 10 years now. I have my iPod dock connected to it and I play just about anything but country and metal. It ...
Summary: I've had my Wave Radio for nearly 10 years now. I have my iPod dock connected to it and I play just about anything but country and metal. It has good sound but it's not the most amazing. Anyone thinking that something this size is going to compete with full-sized loudspeakers isn't thinking clearly. The lack of tone controls seems odd but the sound is reasonably flat and, once again, is fine for this kind of product.
I can attest to the alarm having a battery backup. It worked during the hurricanes of 2004, when there was no power here. The remote is still working on the original battery after nearly 10 years.
It could really use an FM antenna but it would not fit with the simple nature of this product.
It is a joy to use.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Bose delivers the goods
by lbubb on January 12, 2007
Pros: plug & play easy & works out of the box
Cons: no user adjustments on bass & treble
Summary: One solid performer is the Bose Wave Music system. I have many cd & all of different music types & it handles the majority of them quite well. The real ...
Summary: One solid performer is the Bose Wave Music system. I have many cd & all of different music types & it handles the majority of them quite well. The real selling point of a Bose system is ease of use & good sound. They don't have user controls for bass & treble & depending on what your looking for can be a good thing or bad. If you are a demanding listener & like rock than I would have to mention that bass is OK not great. On pop/country & classical I'd say the Bose is setup pretty well and would mention positioning of the equipment is essential, closer to a wall will bring up the bass. If your a casual listen of cd & radio this may well be what you looking for as the sound is quite good & stereo separation is very good. Bose has a great ability to give the highs & lows a well defined stage to reproduce on, it's just the real lows that could use some help. Bose excels in the remote deparment as it is simple stright forward layout & nothing about it is confusing. This is a good piece of equipment that can satisfy any listener other than the audiophile if you fit in that area you will not go wrong here. In conclusion this is a good machine that produces good sound & is easy to use. Just don't expect to be able to adjust what your hear but you will get an honest sound from the Bose...
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Its Growing On Me
Pros: Great sound as long as you are careful about where you place it. I found it sounded best about 3 to 4 feet off floor and towards the corner of a room with unit turned towards listening area. Perfect bass and treble at that point. It doesnt distort even at
Cons: No controls on unit. This is my major complaint! You lose the remote or it breaks and you are done. Priced too high. I'm still trying to decide if its $499 worth of good sound.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice Overall Unit
Pros: Size makes placement easy in your home. Put in a Disc and music plays easily enough.
Cons: Horrible low end, no adjustable EQ, Picks up too much interference from TV, Lights, etc... The low end did improve when i placed it on the carpeted floor next to the wall. That doesn't help with the noise issues though. Much nicer options for less mone
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Baroness loraca on April 16, 2006
Pros: Richness and Clarity
Cons: If there are any I have yet to discover them!
Summary: I am critical, and like almost nothing, but when I review, it has to be the best! You are looking at the best CD player !! The sound is concert hall ...
Summary: I am critical, and like almost nothing, but when I review, it has to be the best! You are looking at the best CD player !! The sound is concert hall like! I have a very expensive stereo system, this little radio blows it right out of the water!! Not with loudness, but with the richness and clarity of being there. NO DISTORTION!! Perfect highs! Perfect mid range! perfect lows!!
There are instruments only to be heard through the Bose Experience. Simply the Best!
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
I love it.
by Rileytp on September 3, 2010
Pros: Sound quality is amazing.
Cons: Price is definitely an issue for most.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
sorry Pail Harvey you missed this one
by gmcmack1 on April 2, 2009
Pros: small size fits anywhere.
Cons: Sound doesn't live up to the hype. My 20 year old stereo system sounds much better.
Summary: Save yourself several hundred dollars and buy a clock radio with a CD changer. Bose doesn't live up to the hype. No where close to sounding like you're ...
Summary: Save yourself several hundred dollars and buy a clock radio with a CD changer. Bose doesn't live up to the hype. No where close to sounding like you're in a concert hall...Paul Harvey was probably deaf...
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Bose Corp.
- Part number: 33976
- Description: A bold new standard in audio performance from a tabletop system as elegant as it is easy to use. The Bose Wave music system may well become the primary music system in your home.
- Product Type Audio system
- Width 14.5 in
- Depth 8.6 in
- Height 4.2 in
- Weight 8.6 lbs
- Color Platinum white
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Speaker(s) 2 - Built-in
Digital Media & Network Players
- Digital player type None
DVD / Blu-ray
- DVD/Blu-ray type None
- CD type CD / MP3 player
- Media Load Type Slot-load
- Playback Modes Random play / shuffle,
One track repeat,
All tracks repeat,
- CD-R Compatible Yes
- CD-RW Compatible Yes
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
- MP3 Playback Yes
- ID3 Tags Support Yes
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Digital
- Preset Station Qty 12
- AM Preset Station Qty 6
- FM Preset Station Qty 6
- Type None
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1xHeadphones(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Rear,
1xAudio line-in(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Rear,
1xSystem components control bus-Rear
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Display dimmer Yes
- Remote Control Type Remote control - Infrared
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Remote control
- Built-in clock Snooze,
- Timer Wake,
- AV Furniture None
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power AC 120 V
- Power Consumption Operational 60 Watt