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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sound from a WiFi streaming system

    Posted
    Charlie
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    I just bought my Bose Wave Soundtouch Music System IV a few days ago but I'm already loving everything about it. I'm a big Bose fan and have another Bose Soundtouch 30 system in the house but this one beats it on the quality of the sound. Bose's Wave Guide technology is superb and the sound you get from this small unit is outstanding. Setup was surprisingly very easy. I hesitated for a few days setting it up after buying it so I could watch the youtube videos on how to do so and also wanted to read the owner's manual. I had no problem setting up my first Bose Soundtouch 30 system but this was my second system and the youtube videos didn't help at all since they only talked about setting up the first one and not an add on. The instruction manual was also very confusing to me for setting up a second system and I consider myself fairly tech savy. Anyway, I went ahead and tried it and it was a very very easy setup. I was up and running in a matter of a few minutes. I have the new system set up in my bedroom and it fills the entire bedroom with fantastic sound. It's very easy to operate and the remote control can run everything. I moved it away from the bed and put it on a dresser so the speakers are facing the entire room. I can control everything with the remote control so it's no problem not having it by the bed on my nightstand. The owner's manual spells everything out very clearly for operating the system. And if you want to impress your friends, just pop in the demo CD that came with the unit and you will blow them away with the clarity of the sound. You have an AM/FM tuner and single CD player along with Bluetooth capabilities and, of course, WiFi so you can stream thousands of internet radio stations, Spotify, Deezer, etc. It also has an AUX connection in the back in case you want to connect something that doesn't have Bluetooth like an old iPod. It also has six presets on the remote control where you can preset AM or FM radio stations or, if using WiFi, your favorite playlists from Spotify, etc, There is also a Soundtouch APP for both IOS and Android phones and tablets that you use to set it up and it also has the same presets. With this app you can search your internet radio stations or Spotify, etc, and set up the presets off your favorite playlists. When I go to bed at night now, all I have to do is grab the remote, hit the preset for the playlist I want off Spotify and hit the button for the sleep timer. The system is expensive, as are most Bose products, but I consider it a good investment to my future music enjoyment. I have friends who have had Bose Wave systems in their home for over 20 years and they still sound and look great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic product, amazing technology

    Posted
    akitaman1958
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    I purchased this for my roommate/landlord in lieu of rent, so my opinions are not based on my personal expectations. If you are a person with your music library on your smartphone/computer/in-the-cloud and have space issues like living in a dorm, studio apartment, RV, or for a bedroom or office; I cannot imagine a better product for listening to music. She downloaded the app onto her Android tablet effortlessly and within 3 minutes was scouring the WORLD of internet radio. The load time between stations is 1-2 seconds. The menu is nicely formatted but having only 6 pre-sets seems stingy. She activated bluetooth on her chromebook in seconds giving her 2 options to use. The remote is very small. Not having any way of changing the bass/treble does not get in the way of having deeply rich sound coming from a device the size of a shoe box. The bass and mid-range are very strong, I would say it is missing some clarity at the higher end of the register. The main weakness of the sound is lack of separation: the speakers are about 12" apart and there is simply no way to get true stereo separation from them. Pairing the Soundwave4 with a bluetooth speaker would be a major improvement. The headphone jack is on the back and you have to push all the way in and then pull back slightly but the sound you get is great. Her Koss 'phones and my Bose's sounded so much better than when plugged into our computers, if you listen to most of your music thru 'phones you will love this. Some of the other reviews I have read, here at BB and elsewhere, complained that $600 was pricey. I agree to this extent: for someone who is looking for an all-in-one device because of space considerations I cannot imagine a better purchase, especially if you use your smartphone/computer as your source for music primarily. If you have enough space (the equivalent of a coffee table) and are not using your tablet/smartphone/computer as your source you can get better sound for the same $600 with what I have: a Grace Digital internet radio tuner, a Blu ray player for CD's and a Sony center-channel 4K HDMI pass-thru 2.1 speaker (or a nice pair of Bose bookshelf speakers would do nicely too, paired with a small receiver). The speaker separation just makes the sound markedly better, in my opinion. Bottom line: she is very happy with her purchase and I think anyone how buys this little marvel of technology will be as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing System

    Posted
    Tabellarius
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    Had to find a replacement for our Panasonic micro system when we replaced the bookcases in our living room. The new system had to be low profile, capture a few FM stations and play CDs, so I picked up a newer and smaller version of our old Panasonic. Just for fun (and at my oldest son’s prompting), I purchased the Bose unit, as well. After setting up both systems, my son did some A/B comparisons using Bluetooth on his iPhone. I had always considered Bose speakers to be overpriced and overhyped, but listening to the sound coming from this unit had me re-evaluating those thoughts. By purchasing the Bose system, I had opened Pandora’s box, and knew that it would be difficult to go back to a conventional system. My final hurdle was the price. I NEVER would have considered spending over $200 for a bookshelf system (let alone 3 times that amount), but I was already addicted, and couldn’t imagine not having the Wave system. I now have a renewed interest in listening to my music collection, and consider it a worthwhile investment for that reason alone. If you have a smartphone, install the SoundTouch app for additional options, including internet radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent "Small" Solution

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    starkastle
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    If you are looking for a very compact stereo solution with excellent quality sound then I'd recommend this one. If you want loud and booming or a cheap option, this is definitely NOT the one for you. Sure, you'll spend twice the price on Bose but it is built to last, looks elegant, and you can actually expand this system over time. Basics include playing broadcast and internet radio, one CD, an auxiliary input from virtually any system setup, internet connectivity, plus easy bluetooth connectivity to virtually any smart source (smart phone, tablets, computers, etc). This SoundTouch is designed to connect to multiple units around the house with intelligence to direct music traffic to wherever you want it, and can be controlled via smart device app. I've been very pleased with the sound in a normal room (not for big parties) and the bluetooth+internet smart features makes this especially adaptable. I can now run my entire digitally archived music collection right from my laptop or phone. I was originally looking for a solution at half the price but decided to pop for this one given its great reputation and its advanced smart features. I later plan to get a second unit for the house. No complaints as of yet after one month's use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best of Both Worlds

    Posted
    HowToTheMax
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    Bose has mastered big sound in a small package many years ago. What is so impressive about this system is how it connects to the internet, not just to your bluetooth device. We had other bluetooth speakers that sounded great, but we became frustrated by the limitation of bluetooth connectivity. For example: getting a text or phone call, limited range, time spent connecting and reconnecting, etc. With the Bose, it is always connected to the internet and you simply use your phone or tablet to control the radio. You can even connect the wave radio to all of the music saved on your home computer. This format means that everyone in my family has the ability to use their own device to play spotify, pandora, our music library, or other music service from anywhere in the house (and control volume without changing the volume on your phone). You CAN use the wave radio as a traditional wireless speaker in bluetooth mode, as well, which comes in handy if for youtube videos and the like. The fact that the wave radio IS and actual AM/FM radio is fantastic, as well

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality from a little box

    Posted
    noof

    So I will start with that I only use this radio for music so I cant comment on the alarm features. I originally was not happy with the difficulty with setup with my wifi and getting my mobile devices connected. It still has some issues connecting automatically but whatevs. I would like to knock one star off for Tidal not being a native application supported but its not that serious but still come on Bose! Ok..... so for sound and lets be real, this should be its only rating. Yes, $600 is a lot of money for a clock radio but lets be honest, this is no ordinary clock/shelf radio. I love the sound and when Im playing lossless audio from Tidal, you honestly cant get better sound from a 600 dollar music box. This little guy fills my living room, people are amazed where the sound is coming from. If your expectations are inline and you are not expecting sound like you would from a 5k sound system then you will be very pleased. Its perfect for our needs, just stream quality music or use CD's and you will be happy with the sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for smaller spaces

    Posted
    TMSS
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    Bose is our favorite brand when buying quality sound equipment. This SoundTouch did not disappoint. It automatically connects whenever we turn on the desktop, making it very easy to use. We travel with our computer, hook it up to our tv with HDMI and watch all of our Netflix, Hulu and Fire TV movies with GREAT sound! It's also the best Bluetooth speaker for playing music from our iPhones! The radio antenna is built into the power cord, so there's no additional FM antenna to worry about. You just hook the two components together and then plug the outlet into the wall and turn it on! It's great for low background music or a LOUD western. Of course, it does not deliver the sound of our Bose 901 speakers we have at home, but really, what does? You can't rattle the windows and dishes with the Wave like the 901s, but you can enjoy easily portable music with that great Bose sound wherever you go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound for a small form factor

    Posted
    Z06Pilot
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    I read one review that praised this unit as they replaced "a full rack of equipment with large speakers and couldn't be happier". I have to wonder what that system was comprised of. No question, this unit provides the best sound I have ever heard from something with dual 3" speakers. But that's as far as it goes. There is just no way to produce low end frequencies properly with something of this form factor-it's sweet spot is mid-range which shouldn't come as a surprise. I have it in my office at the back of the house, away from our listening rooms, where I am looking for some background music while working. it really is exceptional that you can get this quality of sound out of a small box. I have never tried the radio, but listen to CD's as well as my local music streamed in AAC format from ripped CD's. very nice app on my iPhone to control it all. It's a great product, and i don't think it is too out-of-bounds price-wise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best purchases I've ever made

    Posted
    Happyforachange
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    I needed a small table-top, multi- player to replace a piece of junk that failed after just a couple of years. I checked online and read reviews and such and then went to Best Buy with the idea of trying the Bose Wave Sound Touch. I think it is an amazing piece of equipment and am delighted with it. The sound whether over Bluetooth, radio or CD continues to blow me away. I couldn't be happier (well maybe a little bit happier if it didn't cost $600.00. However, I think its worth every penny. I have a very expensive stereo system and I would have to say that this little table-top unit more than fits the bill. The technology has changed sufficiently so that a large speaker system really is no longer necessary....at least for me. Congratulations Bose. Its a great piece of equipment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Quality Sound

    Posted
    Weezie
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    You can't find radio/CD players except for boom boxes today. My brother had the Bose radio/CD player years ago and I always wanted one, but was hesitant because of the price. But the quality sound of his system has continued to be better than other sound systems. So I decided to buy myself a Christmas gift this year. The best thing about the one I purchased is the ability to connect to my home wifi and stream music from my PC and other devices. That means I can listen to my iTunes, Sirius radio, Pandora and Spotify via the best of Bose sound. I can control the radio via my phone or PC. It also is Bluetooth enabled. I am extremely pleased with my purchase and wonder why it took me so long to give myself this gift!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent system for on-line music

    Posted
    Tony
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    I was looking for a good sound systems that allowed me to play CDs as well, and I decided to give this system a chance, and it something that I enjoy almost every day. The sound is very clear, and I have not have any issues connecting it to the wi-fi. The app for the smart phone works very well, but it took me several tries to make it work due to my phone smart network switch. You need to disable it during the installation. Also, this unit is very sensitive to the quality of the music it plays and the acoustics of the room. Do not expect this to be a unit to use in a big room or a party. Internet music like Spotify and Amazon sound very well. Overall, very satisfied with it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much More Than An Alarm Clock!

    Posted
    LoveMyBose
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    I replaced a Bose Wave Radio/CD that I got for Christmas in 2000 because the CD player no longer worked. Much has improved in 18 years - the sound is amazing, set-up was very easy, and by downloading the Sound Touch App I have linked my Sirius and Amazon Music accounts and easily used the preset buttons to store stations and playlists. I use the Wave Sound Touch as an alarm, a sleep timer, and to listen to music and CDs. The remote is easy to use and with the App, I can control the radio anywhere in the house. Many people spoke about the price in their reviews. In 2000, my Bose Wave Radio/CD was $499. That makes the new one a bargain!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality sound

    Posted
    Jackie
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    I got this for my mother as a gift she had found a Bose system shed wanted and I had kept reviewing that product until this one came out, it was a newer version and had everything she was looking for, Bluetooth, AM/FM, CD, Wifi and Aux capability. She loves it, the music flows through the rooms and even the house, it doesn't sound distorted and it's easy enough for her to use since she can use it with her computer or phone. The quality is wonderful it's not like any other audio player I've ever used. I would recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Quality Never Failed

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    AandFDudre
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    I've never been disappointed with Bose products although this would be my first Wave system. I wanted a Wave system for my office so I could listen to radio or stream music from my phone or the Internet. I was considering the previous generation Wave III system, but waited and got the IV instead. I thought the IV looked sleeker which was my preference for getting it over the III. The music is outstanding, great volume, bass, treble and the like. The build quality is outstanding. I was shocked at how heavy the system is for it's small size. But I like that...it feels very well built. This was a great investment even though it is much more costly than other table/shelf music systems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    TEMPSC

    Spent time in the Magnolia room at Best Buy trying out different speakers. They were all very high quality and I'm very thankful to the salesperson who helped me. Best Buy in Lafayette does not have the wave radio on display so I took a chance and purchased it based high reviews. Keep in mind it can be returned if you don't like it. I put the display cd in and put the volume on 80 as per instructions. I was overwhelmed at the sound quality. After 4 months of listening to different speakers I can promise that this quality will easily pass or rival any of its size. Make sure you compare apples to apples when comparing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Magnificent sound in a minimalistic design.

    Posted
    WFMTlistener
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    Has far exceeded my expectations. While it has a higher price point, it is worth the cost if you are looking for a all-in-one minimalistic tabletop unit. The sound, especially voice is very sharp and clear. Highs and lows come across nicely and bass is not overpowering. FM radio reception is excellent without a external antenna. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi work very well and interference free for me at least. Downside is the small remote which is needed to perform almost all tasks. Well built but I would prefer a larger one and a return to a control panel on the radio itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    wow great sound

    Posted
    JerryB
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    I had been looking for a cd player when I went to my local Best Buy in MtJuliet Tennessee , When I first saw the Bose cd player I was shocked at how compact it was ,having Bose Speakers in my truck I know Bose is quality product , The sound of the cd player is so awesome I had to have it , got it home and it sounds even better , it has remote operation and a alarm so I awake to the best music possible , without the band having to set up ! My purchase was a great deal ,everything the salesman said about the equipment is true Thanks for the great advice on my Bose Touch System

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Sound Ever!

    Posted
    Bobr
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    WOW!! Bose has lived up to its reputation for fantastic sound systems and then some. The Soundtouch System IV is a little pricey but you get what you pay for. Excellent selection of music sources from around the world, and the system fills any room with crystal clear music. Some reviews of the Bose app used to control the system have been negative. However, my experience could not have been better. Use it on 2 iPads, iPhone & iMac computer - all work flawlessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound small device

    Posted
    Dulciedeleche
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    Looks sleek and unobtrusive compared to “boom box” style portable radios. Purchased as a gift. Recipient loves it. Looks great in her home and she says the sound is unbelievable for such a small radio. Her old one broke, and she said she didn’t realize what she was missing until hearing how good this one sounds. Bonus is it plays regular radio, CD’s, and yet new technology as it works Bluetooth and internet radio as well. Not too many portable systems play CDs and radio. Most are Bluetooth only. Super happy and recipient is super happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    User Friendly and the Sound is Great

    Posted
    Sportzfan
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    I purchased this Bose system to replace 3 outdated AM/FM radios/CD players I had throughtout my condo. I like that I can control it from my phone. I look forward to purchasing additional additional, smaller wave systems (100 or 200 models) to place in my den. The sound is great. I have not used the music apps yet that come with the product but plan to soon. I currently use it play FM stations and songs from my phone or ipod. I heard Bose speakers before at a friend's house and was impressed with the sound. I'm happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend