I agree about Bose small-scale stuff. They get slagged for the phoney boomy bass, but that's exactly
what people want in those products. They've sold millions of them and they've been making Wave
products since I graduated college (1988). I know this because I interviewed for a job at Popular
Science magazine in NY. The editor who spoke with me asked me some questions, gathered that audio
was my main technical interest and asked, "you want to see something really neat that we just got in
for testing?" Sure, I said. We went to the conference room and there was the first Wave radio on the
table. He turned it on and it sounded HUGE for such a small box. Also, the stereo projected way out
the sides. He tuned it to WQXR at my request and the signal and reproduction were crystal clear. It
sounded like a good turntable with good bookshelf speakers (QXR was using vinyl and CD then, and
they happened to be playing vinyl with some ticks and pops). A couple of years ago, I bought my boss
one with an iPod dock and clock for his night table after his clock radio died (he had a real-deal
flip-numbers one from the 70's, the mechanics were all shot and not worth messing with). He said he
uses it for pre-sleep music and morning background music. This Christmas, he got me a pair of Bose
earbuds and they are impressive for exactly when I need them -- riding a loud MetroNorth train but
not wanting to crank my iPod to deafening volume. The Bose hyped bass and non-screamy treble allows
very nice clarity and relatively low listening volumes and the earpieces fit my ears, unlike most
others I've tried. Sound snobs slag Bose, rightly so as far as accuracy goes with their larger items
and home-theater systems, but in that Wave/iPod market, what they do is what is needed and hence
they have a large market.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Robert Reilly" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:58 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] boom box
A local restaurant here in Pawling uses a Bose Wave Radio to provide background music. It's one of
the older models and had been playing 9 hours a day for several years when recently it stopped
making any noise. I offered to have a look to see if a fuse had blown.
I got to pop the hood and root around with a stick so to say. I am very impressed with the design
and manufacture of the unit. There was no fuse for me to replace so the owner sent it back to Bose
for repair. Less than two weeks later music was back at Karen's Kitchen.
Did this impress me yet again? Oh yes.
Do I now own one? Well... maybe soon.
On Jan 31, 2012, at 3:16 AM, Shai Drori wrote:
> My father has one and it is very nice, not sure if it's worth the money. Worth checking out.
> On 31/01/12 07:16, Robert Reilly wrote:
>> Hi Dick,
>> The Bose Wave radio fits the bill albeit expensively. I don't personally own one, but I know
>> several folks who do and love them.
>> Bob Reilly
>> On Jan 31, 2012, at 12:07 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>>> Hi, Dick,
>>> This has become a bit of a problem, actually. The most common thing now is an iPod dock, but
>>> many have 3.5 mm stereo inputs and/or RCA stereo inputs for "aux" inputs. So if you don't dock
>>> your iPod to it, you can use a "walkman" CD, Minidisc, or cassette player. Many have radios
>>> Not as convenient as one-piece. I find lots of CD walkman-type devices at garage sales, but none
>>> are as nice as the two I found refurb'd at the Sony Outlet store in Lancaster PA in the
>>> 90s--those had SPDIF optical outputs!
>>> Good luck!
>>> On 2012-01-30 11:46 PM, Dick Spottswood wrote:
>>>> I'd like to replace an aging bedside boom box with something simple&
>>>> functional with reasonable sound. Does anyone have a favorite?
>>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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