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Alternatives to the BOSE Wave Radio

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi, I have a Wave Radio II and like it fine, but i was wondering if there was a good alternative for the same price or less. Ive looked at a Cambridge soundworks, and some others. To be honest i dont like the styling as much in these as we do the bose. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 36
Any $40 boombox or clock radio would give you better sound.
post #3 of 36
try the Tivoli Model One. excellent sound quality and build quality, based on the old KLH classics. the basic one is just monaural, with a single speaker... but you can buy an extra speaker to make it stereo.

i'm pretty sure Tivoli is now making them with CD players and subwoofers.
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
thanks,
yeah i was interested in that, but the wife didnt like it.
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Originally Posted by VicAjax View Post

try the Tivoli Model One. excellent sound quality and build quality, based on the old KLH classics. the basic one is just monaural, with a single speaker... but you can buy an extra speaker to make it stereo.

i'm pretty sure Tivoli is now making them with CD players and subwoofers.
post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
A bit of exaggeration wouldnt you say.
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

Any $40 boombox or clock radio would give you better sound.
post #6 of 36
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Originally Posted by backbonz View Post

A bit of exaggeration wouldnt you say.

Well, OK. Maybe a $50 boombox. (We are talking Bose here. It just doesn't get much worse than that.)
post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by backbonz View Post

thanks,
yeah i was interested in that, but the wife didnt like it.

really? i find them quite beautiful. reminiscent of the iconic modernist design of the KLH radios.
post #8 of 36
Tivoli Model One is a good choice. Boston Acoustics makes one as well, I have not heard it though worth a look, if you like the Bose design.

http://www.bostonacoustics.com/home_...product_id=306
post #9 of 36
You might want to consider an HD-ready radio, like:
http://www.sangean.com/category.php?category_ID=5, or
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/home_...product_id=325.

They also will receive standard FM & AM.
post #10 of 36
I had the Boston Accoustics micro CD system, a Trivoli, and the Polk's I-Sonic in my house at one time and tried them all out. The Polk was the best performer sound-wise with the added feature of being able to receive HD signals. The easiest to operate was the Boston with the Trivoli a close second although the Polk was also easy once you glanced through the manual. The Polk was the most expensive, but if you visit their forums you can sometimes get a discount code.

My father has a Bose Wave and sound-wise it's okay, but certainly not worth the price they charge.
post #11 of 36
Music Hall RDR-1. Stereophile Class A and recommended component. If that means anything. I have one and it's awesome!

http://musichallaudio.com/mmf_produc...&prolook=rdr-1
post #12 of 36
Cambridge Soundworks Henry Kloss branded radio/cd players, or

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/s...item=c1745inzz
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by Franchot View Post

My father has a Bose Wave and sound-wise it's okay, but certainly not worth the price they charge.

I bought my Wave Radio off a crackhead in bar for $15. Worth every penny.
post #14 of 36
The Teac-GR10i is an AWESOME Wave radio alternative, they go for about 40-50 bucks on EBAY.

The Teac has the same bassy sound, plus nice highs, and adequete midrange. It puts out a very nice "near field" soundstage.

Features:
1. seperate AM and FM external antenna inputs.
2. Nice IPOD compatibility
3. Seperate mini-Jack inputs and outputs
4. A nice remote
5. a nice large LCD display, etc
6. Wake to IPOD or Tuner, and you can set the volume at wakeup.
7. Nice user interface with these high quality top dials makes setting the alarm and such easy...

What you can do with the remote control:
a. The remote allows you to go forward and back through the IPOD songs, but you cant easily jump between folders ( except to the next or the previous folder, of course).
b. You can set the sleep time (30, 60 or 90 minutes0
c. You can control and set the 10 am and 10 fm preset stations
d. All the basics: Off/On, volume, switching between tuner, aux, or IPOD, doze, mute, changing stations, etc.


The ultimate EBAY clock desktop Hi-Fi/clock radio includes:
a. TEAC GR10i for 50-60 shipped
b. Apple 15GB or 20GB used IPOD for 80 bucks shipped from Ebay
c. And about 3 nites of you ripping all your CDs to MP3

Then Ta-da! You have an awesome Desktop Hi-Fi IPOD system for about 130 bucks. The sound is about as good as you could reasonably expect from a unit of this side, its actually sounds very good.

Any problems with this unit? Well yes .... which mostly has to do with using it as an alarm clock, which they call a "Timer". Its fine, but you may want to have a small backup alarm clock somewhere else in the room, just in case ....

Alarm Clock Issues
1. It doesnt have a battery backup, but they claim that it holds time for about a minute of electric outage.
2. It only has one alarm.
3. If you accidentally leave the radio or IPOD on all nite, the alarm wont come on!
post #15 of 36
Its also a very classy looking unit, with these soft glowing buttons up top, and a nicely implemented LCD display.

No the IPOD songs dont display on the LCD display, but what do you expect for 50 bucks. I set my IPOD display to be lit "always" and the TEAC will turn off the IPOD display when you turn off the radio.

The remote is small but heavy, with sturdy buttons.
LL
post #16 of 36
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

Well, OK. Maybe a $50 boombox. (We are talking Bose here. It just doesn't get much worse than that.)


yeah , but dosen't their CD player sound just as good as your Onkyo ???????
post #17 of 36
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yeah , but dosen't their CD player sound just as good as your Onkyo ???????

touche.
post #18 of 36
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Originally Posted by twitch54 View Post

yeah , but dosen't their CD player sound just as good as your Onkyo ???????

Of course it does. Any CD player sounds as good as any other. I have said this all along. (It is Bose's speakers that totally suck.)
post #19 of 36
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yeah , but dosen't their CD player sound just as good as your Onkyo ???????

Hilarious!
post #20 of 36
does cambridge soundworks come that highly recommended? I am really tempted to try it out. Is there a store around NY/NJ area where I can try one out?
post #21 of 36
I have seen some nice recommendations, but only a couple include a CD player and only 1 with a DVD player. It is not a Bose Wave alternative if it doesn't at least play CDs. The whole point of the Wave and it's alternatives are for people who live in really small places, ie. studio (tiny apartment, not the sound lab). The Tivoli RadioCombo can play CDs, the Cambridge Soundworks i765 can play DVDs and that's about it.

It's such a shame that Polk decided to get rid of the DVD player portion of their ISonic in their newest generation.
post #22 of 36
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does cambridge soundworks come that highly recommended? I am really tempted to try it out. Is there a store around NY/NJ area where I can try one out?

It's often recommended, though I suspect that's because it's not Bose, which is the brand everybody loves to hate.

It's mostly available mail order, with return privileges. The one store I recall seeing it in was Sound City out in Denville. Don't know if they still carry it.
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post #24 of 36
I gave my bro-in-law a tabletop all-in-one for Christmas and I was frankly surprised at how good it sounded. Try out the Philips DCM230/37 at Target or RadioShack ($120). Clock/alarm, iPod dock, AM/FM, CD/MP3 disc player, USB port, remote control. Kinda stylish, too.
post #25 of 36
Listen,


I know its quite popular to beat up on Bose, but, maybe we can learn something from them. Excellent marketing strategy, price fixing to a degree. And now, almost say like Xerox, they have built themselves a name. There in it to make money too, right?

And, I gotta say, for what it is, the sound is acceptable. I`ve read, but not heard, the Tivoli and Boston Acoustics products. Do not know even where you can get them here New York, so..................................
post #26 of 36
no other manufacturer out there puts the following three things into one box:

1 - I looks great in ANY room
2 - The sound is not bad
3 - it has Radio, CD and ipod dock in one unit

The only viable alternative is:
1 - Teac SR-L250i-B (But it's ugly)
2 - Tivoli RadioCombo (but it's three pieces and pricey)
3 - Panasonic SC-HC3 (dubious sound quality)

So what are the choices? Really? And Bose market their product so well. Some of the high end speaker manufacturers are missing a gap in the market here. It's really disappointing.
post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by jonnewbury View Post

no other manufacturer out there puts the following three things into one box:

1 - I looks great in ANY room
2 - The sound is not bad
3 - it has Radio, CD and ipod dock in one unit

The only viable alternative is:
1 - Teac SR-L250i-B (But it's ugly)
2 - Tivoli RadioCombo (but it's three pieces and pricey)
3 - Panasonic SC-HC3 (dubious sound quality)

So what are the choices? Really? And Bose market their product so well. Some of the high end speaker manufacturers are missing a gap in the market here. It's really disappointing.

Maybe so. And I too think that Bose's wave radio is OK.

But, if you just want a very nice sounding radio alarm clock, and don't care about CD or iPod, the Boston Acoustics Solo II sounds good, looks good, has a much smaller footprint (waaaaay smaller footprint when used upright) and costs a lot less. Its radio alarm gradually increases the volume until it reaches the volume you selected. Do not underestimate the value of this feature. It's a soft (full sounding) and civilized way to wakeup; not that jolting, oh my god!, flailing for the stop button, shrieking, tinny, shocking wake up of normal radio alarm clocks. I also think the fact that it's all digital makes it a much better choice for an alarm clock than the all analog Tivolis. - I don't want to go back 20 years to fiddling with the alarm pointer until I think well, that looks like it should be about 6:35; I guess I'll find out tomorrow. ~ Fwiw, I have a white Solo II, which I've ended up using upright, and when I happen to notice it, it looks very nice. I'm very happy with it.
post #28 of 36
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Originally Posted by backbonz View Post

Hi, I have a Wave Radio II and like it fine, but i was wondering if there was a good alternative for the same price or less. Ive looked at a Cambridge soundworks, and some others. To be honest i dont like the styling as much in these as we do the bose. Any suggestions?

This is better then the Bose wave radio! http://www.sonos.com/Default.aspx?rd...&LangType=1033 Sonos sounds better and you can do so much with it then the Bose! The only thing the Bose wave has over it is it has a clock. Sonos is cheaper too!!!
post #29 of 36
I have a Wave radio. It's nice. But I got one of these and think its much better: http://www.chillsound.com/ Better sound, useabilty, quality. All-around better product.
post #30 of 36
Ok, I'll deny I ever said this, but, the replacement for the old Bose Wave Radio, called (I think) Bose Music System, sounds WAY better than the old Bose Wave Radio. The old BWR had, to my ear, scratchy highs and muddy one note bass. By comparison, the new Bose Wave Music System sounds refined. By comparison.

As for recommendation.... I'd combine a Squeeze-box Touch ($350) with self-powered speakers, such as M-Audio AV40 (around $150 shipped on Amazon) or Audioengine 5 (around $350 shipped as I recall). I tried Audioengine 2 but feel it much less of a winner in its price and size range than the M-Audio. (hard to put into words). The A5 give you, for the money, a larger speaker, more relaxed sound, a bit deeper bass. Put AV40 or A5 on a desk on Audioengine desk stands ($35/pair) or on 24" speaker stands (choices on Amazon.com, usually $100/pair for metal) as you wish. Definitely upgrade the speaker wire that come with the monitors - buy a $30 spool of Monster Cable and you're good to go. Also upgrade the RCA interconnects that come with the Touch ($30/pair or $50/pair Monster, for example).

Squeezebox touch can give you internet radio, access your music library on PC or Mac via wifi, and/or you can plug in a SDHC card for 32G of music. Attaching a hard drive via USB is feasible but highly trouble prone. Also Squeezebox give you a nice remote, which can control volume if you like.

Another variation is to go with Squeezebox radio or Boombox... They give you presets for internet radio.

Art
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