Wave Music System Review - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of the Music System
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There are so many great things about the Music System; definitely the size is its greatest advantage. The system is a little bit bigger than standard CD player alarm clocks, but it offers so much more. It is definitely an attractive unit, incredibly small for the quality of music it puts out, and could easily replace any mid range sound systems for a bedroom.
The quality of this unit is that good. The on display readout is in very large letters and very clear to read. With MP3 CDs you can clearly see what track you are listening to. It uses ID3 tags to display information. If ID3 tags are not entered it simply displays the file name instead. And CDs load very quickly.
For such a high end and expensive unit, I would really like to see more user adjustable options like bass midrange and treble. I think every stereo should have these options because not every CD is created equal -- my Incubus Live CD could use a little more bass, for instance. But for the predefined levels, you cannot get better sound from any other system I have used with or without adjustments in most cases. Also the volume adjustment is almost too fine for low levels. In most cases, quiet listening level is around 30 percent and loud is around 65 percent. At 99 percent, it really makes you want to stand way back to listen.
The credit card type remote is a nuisance. It is too small, too ugly, and easily gets lost. The buttons are in an unfamiliar layout to me, and the fact that certain buttons perform multiple functions is just annoying. Luckily there is an accessory -- a larger remote with the same layout. At $10, it is a relatively cheap investment if you think you'll break the card style one easily.
For just under $500, the Bose Wave Music System surely outperforms any other "radio style" CD players. It does not deserve to be called a "Radio" because it simply can perform much more than just a radio. It has amazing sound quality, even with a lack of user adjustable sound options. If your truly interested in the Music System I highly recommend going down to your local Bose store and testing the system with your favorite music and see if it is right for you. And it should be.
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