Bose Wave 3 first look – with built-in digital radio
The Wave 3 is the most recent audio system from Bose, and at a first glance it is almost indistinguishable from the iconic design of the Wave 2, although under the hood there is one important difference, especially if you’re a fan of radio…
With the Wave 3, Bose has incorporated a digital radio tuner into the system, a feature that was absent from previous models. Digital radio enthusiasts who purchased earlier versions of the Wave had to also purchase a separate module if they wanted to receive digital broadcasts, priced at £150.
Five things we like about the Bose Wave 3
- Incorporated DAB
By doing away with a separate digital radio module, the Wave 3 is a much more attractive all-in-one prospect for music and radio fans.
The design of Wave system is instantly recognisable, although the Wave tends to be quite chunky as a product, it is discreetly stylish.
The Wave 3 is a breeze to use. Accessing digital radio, storing favourites and setting the alarm are all intuitive, without the need to study the instruction manual.
The remote control is compact and fuss-free, another example of the Wave 3′s ease of use.
- Sound quality
When we tested the Wave 2, we were very impressed with its sound quality. Although we haven’t got it into the lab yet, our initial impression is that the Wave 3 is every bit as pleasing to listen to as the Wave 2 was.
Jack’s impressions of the Bose Wave 3
While we’ve rated the Bose Wave models highly in the past, the requirement to purchase an additional unit to receive DAB did seem rather archaic, as well as expensive. By tackling this issue, Bose has produced a high quality all-in-one radio/CD player. Well, almost. Integrated internet radio has been overlooked, but maybe this is being saved for the Bose Wave 4?
The Bose Wave 3 certainly impresses when it comes to sound quality, but it doesn’t come cheap. Currently being sold for £600, this Bose isn’t going to suit all pockets. For less than half the cost, it would be possible to purchase a high quality digital radio that was also internet enabled, something like the Roberts Colourstream.
There are accessories available for the Wave 3, such as an iPod dock, and a bluetooth adapter, but these do push the price up even more.
Despite a few minor niggles, such as the price, and the headphone socket being located on the back of the unit (a particular bugbear from a usability perspective), the Bose Wave 3 certainly continues the legacy that Bose has started with the Wave series, of solid, easy to use radios that are a pleasure to listen to.
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