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Bose® - Wave® SoundTouch® Music System IV - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 979 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Suits its purpose

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    Andy
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    I purchased this radio to replace an old pair of powered monitors I used with my laptop at home. I was originally looking for a pair of wireless speakers and wasn't blown away by many of the options out there. I wasn't looking for a system to go throughout the home and I wasn't looking for something that was going to rock the neighborhood. I was simply looking for a small pair of speakers with a warm sound to use in a single room. Although this Bose system was well outside my price range I found it to be a perfect fit for my purposes. I decided to bite the bullet and here we are. I am happy with the purchase and it does have that warm, full sound which Bose has always been known for. I do think it is a bit overpriced for what you are receiving. As I said the sound is great, although I've never had any cause to turn it up more than halfway. The wifi and bluetooth connectivity could be a little better and the internet radio is pretty finicky to say the least. It's slow to load and often doesn't load at all. I think Bose may have some work to do on their wireless side of things. Perhaps a future update will remedy some of these issues. Also, it's a small thing, but I wish the remote was backlit or had some type of glow in the dark labels on the buttons. It's a nice, small, user friendly remote, but you can't see the buttons in the dark. I imagine I'll get used to it, but it's something I noticed right off the bat. Overall I think it's a good little radio. I think it's perfect if you're just looking for something small, but with good sound. I imagine it would be great for a dorm, a guest room or for a single person living in a small apartment or renting a room. Although I only gave it four stars I would recommend this product. I just feel it is a bit overpriced and there is some room for improvement. I have no regrets about my purchase though. If you're looking for a small, good sounding clock radio then I would say go for it. After all it is a Bose. :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, but has odd usability issues...

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    jstampii
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    It is really hard to go wrong with any Bose systems. They always produce great sound quality and volume, they are stylish and compact, and they seemly are built like tanks. For most the price point simply does not make sense, but I feel that you do get what you pay for. I should say that it may not be the best overall value or bang-for-your-buck. These products are definitely expensive. The biggest issue has become that the only way to operate the system is via remote control. A remote isn't an awful item in it's purpose. The problem is that it has 26 buttons. That's right, 26... If there is the need for 26 buttons to control all of the functions of the unit, why would there be no buttons on the unit itself. No volume, no clock display, no seek, etc. The only "press" function the unit has is on/off switching through touch in a specific area on top of the unit. "Old fashioned mute" essentially. I really, really wish Bose would have put this "control panel worth of" buttons on the unit itself and left the remote to have simple or basic controls. Again, the system is the absolute top quality of Bose in every way. The functionality though is ridiculously crammed into an incredibly overly complicated remote control. Purchase carefully, or on sale, and enjoy the music... just make sure to always keep the remote on top of the unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Replaced my Bose Wave from 2000

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    GuitarPlayerBP
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    I got this system to replace my Bose Wave Radio that I got in 2000. The old system still works great except that the CD is no longer reliable. My wife and I wake up to a specific CD each morning and so it makes it difficult. We love the sound of the Bose and so even though it is expensive, we knew that it would have great sound quality and the functionality that we want. We want to get our phones, iPads, computers etc out of the bedroom at night so that we have no distractions and this means that we need a reliable system to wake us for work. This system works great. There are two alarms, When the CD kicks in to wake us up the volume slowly increases so that we are woken up gently, The screen automatically dims when it’s dark and if we lose power, the alarm will still go off as a buzzer. The bluetooth works well allowing me to stream from my phone/tablet/computer to the Bose. I would have liked to be able to load MP3’s onto the Bose (32M memory or so) so that I don’t have to use the CD. The phone app provides limited functionality, basically volume up and down and is not real impressive. I’m happy with the purchase and the system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rich Deep Sound in a small box

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    AJincs
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    Bought the Bose Sound Touch after reading some reviews. After the buy, I am convinced about the rich room filling sound coming out of those small speakers. I had other bluetooth speakers which were far more cheaper, but the sound quality too was compromised as compared to Bose Sound Touch. Add to it the radio and the crystal clear sound coming out of it - thanks to the wave technology, was quite ipressive as well. On the flip side, everything is controlled with a small remote, with no buttons on the player. The wireless module doesn't really add a lot of value, other than setting the smartphone app remote. And lastly, price is a significant factor. A point worth pondering the spend. However after deciding to buy, I am quite happy with the decision and enjoying some streaming music and the radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High quality, but would like deeper basss

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    GeekyTech
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    As with all Bose products , it is high quality with great features, but I wish the bass was deeper. There are only 2 adjustments for the bass, which is normal bass & less bass. The bass is okay, but I wish there was an adjustment for a deeper bass. The highs are nice and crisp, but for my personal taste, I like a lot of bass. That is my only small complaint. I like to sleep to music playing and like the sleep timer which be set in increments up to 90 minutes. There are 2 alarm settings which is nice. There is a CD player to play CDs, and which you can even set a particular song from a CD to be your alarm. I like listening to Spotify, Pandora, IHeart Radio, & Internet stations from all over the world on it from my wi-fi connection. I can connect to my Napster account through the Bluetooth connection. It is high quality & would easily give it 5 stars if I could get a little more bass. Bose has great products! As with most Bose products, this one is also high priced. I guess you get what you pay for! If there was a 4 1/2 stars that is the rating I'd give it. It is a great product, and I am glad I bought it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the sound quality. Slight tech challenges.

    Posted
    Linda
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    I splurged on this unit for myself two years ago. It had the tech (CD player) that I needed to enjoy my old music AND the new tech I wanted to stream music from the internet. The sound quality is phenomenal! Cannot beat a Bose! My only complaint is that I frequently have to set up the unit to be actively connected to the internet through the app or by unplugging and plugging in the unit. It is a bit annoying sometimes when you just want to use the Sound Touch feature and let the music flow. That said, the sound quality is fantastic and I am pleased overall with the ability to stream and play my CD's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound and versatility

    Posted
    JanTan
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    I really love this machine and use it all the time. Was very glad that it plays not only regular CDs, but also CDs I have burned myself from downloaded songs. The only reason I did not give it 5 out of 5 stars is because the base separates from the main machine: I don't really see the point of this and it reduces functionality by making it harder to move the machine from room to room, as I had anticipated doing. I have downloaded the app and use the streaming for music. Setting this up was easy and there has not been a hiccup with the streaming, so it works very well. I have only used Pandora, but I expect it would work equally well with other services. The radio stations also come through very clearly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice unit!

    Posted
    Cubbie0007

    This is my second Bose wave system, the first one I got it back in 2011, the radio with CD player. its still sounds great! to this day. This unit sounds just as good but, of course also being it comes with all the modern day. Features.. Yes I do agree the price is crazy! I even called Bose and asked one of their customer service. Reps. And I said I just have 1 question why is it so much money? I would understand maybe 349 or even 399 but why 599. She didn't give me a good answer she really didn't know what to say? I guess you get what you pay for? But, yes the unit sounds great what can I say ? Try it if you don't like it take it back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Tom45
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    There is no better sound from any other radio. The only thing I was disappointed in was, I purchased two wireless speakers and they work great but you cannot program them to play from a CD in the radio. Who would have thought a great piece of technology that would not play a CD to have sound available for the wireless external speakers. Bose needs to find a fix for this. The only way to play the music through the radio and the external speakers is to load the CD in windows media player and then download the "soundtouch" on your computer or iphone. that works great. Actually it works better on the computer. The iphone is little flacky.. Other than that it is fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    pretty good but not perfect

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    7uprocks
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    The sound and power are pretty good. Great that it can sync with iphones etc. I didn't like that the bass/treble cannot be adjusted. There is also only one input for auxiliaries so that is very limiting. The features are limited but it plays CDs and tunes radio stations very well. I wanted to use a turntable as the auxillary but there was very low volume when I used the RCA/3.5 mm adaptor. BOSE didn't have a clue what to do and it didn't work until a Best Buy salesman told me to toggle the switch on the back of the turntable from phono to line. That worked and saved the day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Generally a good product

    Posted
    clyder
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    This was my fourth Bose product. I also bought the Sound Touch 20 system to go along with the Wave product. I was told that the system would work wirelessly with the Sound Touch 20. Unfortunately, not the case. One cannot play a CD on the Wave system and have it play on the Sound Touch 20 in another room. Furthermore, it's difficult to coordinate the two when one is playing music from, say, Pandora. SO, I returned the Sound Touch 20.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great system for what I was looking for.

    Posted
    SultanofSwatt
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    I was looking for something that I could listen to the radio, play CD's on and hook up my Turntable for my old albums and also to my smart phone to play songs. This was one of the few systems out there that could do it all. Just needed to make sure that the Turntable had it's own internal amp. and I needed to buy an RCA to 3.5mm jack adapter to input the turntable into the systems Aux. input. Sound is good but it would be great if he had an equalizer and more bass. Other than that, a great system that meets my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Great Quality, Major price

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    thatjazz
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    As with all Bose products, this item has awesome quality, sound, and does have all the new connectivity aspects that most people want, and a CD player for those that can't give up the discs. The only flaw is the huge price tag. There is other options available that are just as good quality but you may not have the CD player option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied-but pricey and 1 feature lacking

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    21LLep
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    Overall, we are happy with the unit. However, I do think it is overpriced and wish that it had the capability to pair with a non-Bose bluetooth speaker. (It will pair with a smartphone or other device to receive ... but the unit cannot send to a non-Bose bluetooth speaker). Appreciated Best Buy's "Price Match" - as we had seen it on sale at Nordstrom's web site ... and Best Buy matched their price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    big sound small unit

    Posted
    oldkyd
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    was a gift for my wife. We both like it a lot. Only wish there was a treble/bass balance. There is a tremendous amount of sound that comes out of a small package. I think the price could be reduced. Brings to mind a hospital saying "yeah, that 'thing' cost a lot. We're just recouping our cost"... uh, no, Bose has a unique idea for sound from speaker, paid for long ago, and now they're just over-charging for it. Its not like the set-up cost any extra...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best compact Sterio

    Posted
    Sawzzy
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    Like all products that Bose make .. Everything is good quality!! I had Bose floor speakers for about 20 years!! And they still sound great!! I had this Bose wave for about a month now. The wave sounds great!! The only thing about it I don't like about it is that you can't adjust the bass and treble!! The CDs sound awesome! And I can't wait to buy the wireless Bose speakers that you can combine to the wave!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for anyone who loves music

    Posted
    handrew
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    The sound quality is great, and it is a perfect fixture anywhere in the house. i really love its capability to connect wireless and control by a mobile phone to other Soundtouch devices. The only problem I encountered with it is for the initial upgrade on the device software. I used all the methods indicated, with different device and platform, but finally, it only worked with the USB drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bose is the best!

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    Jolele
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    This replaced a 10 yr old Cambridge Soundworks. I like the Cambridge audio adjustment capabilities better. Don't get me wrong. Bose sounds awesome. The only issue I had was that the set up couldn't be done with the phone app. Had to use computer instead. Internet radio and network capability work great. Other than that, it's a great cd/radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great sound, satisfied with purchase

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    Canuck
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    remote could stand to be a bit larger and have a few tactile bumps for use in low to zero lighting. unit is very sensitive to cd eject and sometimes tries to reload ejected cd too easily when trying to pull it out. Top of unit is also very sensitive to any small movements of unit. No major complants. I guess being very sensitive is better that having poor sensitivity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for a small speaker

    Posted
    Npop
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    We tried the bose soundlink 30 prior to purchasing the sound wave and found the sound quality at lower levels was much better than the soundlink 30. The radio tuner is also a nice feature. Would be nice if there were other functional buttons on the speaker rather than relying solely on the remote for changing functions and volume etc... overall a good purchase

    I would recommend this to a friend