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If you ignore the price, you can arguably consider this Bose Radio the best tabletop radio available based on its amazing sound and versatility. It is packed with features yet still has a sharp looking, compact build.

Why We Like It – Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV Review

If you’re looking for rich, deep, room filling sound then the Bose Wave SoundTouch System is the one. The great sound quality that Bose is known for exists in this radio, and it’s wonderful.

Pros
  • Multifunctional for listening from virtually any source
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Looks great, easy to use
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Has a CD player, which may be unnecessary for many

Performance

You may be confused to see the Bose SoundTouch in a living room because of its relatively small size. Make no mistake, though, the Wave Radio packs a punch of robust sounds with great depth to it. Bose delivers stellar sound quality with this device, even when you’re listening to FM radio.

But with the Wave SoundTouch IV, it doesn’t just have to be analog radio stations. This Bose Wave Music System is Wi Fi and bluetooth enabled, so you can access internet radio stations and stream music through services like Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and more. You can also control those streams and play music conveniently through the SoundTouch App.

Design

The Bose Wave Music System has a minimalist, modern design that works great in any room, It’s available in an espresso black finish and a platinum silver finish. There are so many ways to play different music on this SoundTouch System. Radio, CD (yes, it has a CD player), streaming, and aux input are all supported. You can control your listening experience from an intuitive, well-designed remote control.

Additionally, the Bose Wave System will work with the Bose speaker system in your house to give you even bigger (or surround) sound, not that you’ll need it with this powerful speaker.

Value

SoundTech Systems are expensive, but Bose backs it up. You’d be hard put to get this kind of sound out of this size of speaker at any price range. Even more, this speaker will likely last you for as long as you want it. So, if you want a versatile, low profile speaker with amazing sound, this one is worth its price. The only way the other top tabletop radio models — like the Panasonic RF-2400D, Sangean WR-11 Wood Cabinet, and Soundance SDY019 — beat out this Bose is in price.

Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV Review Wrap Up

Anyone who is a stickler for audio quality will delight listening to the Bose Wave SoundTouch. Yes, it’s one of the pricier speakers on the market, but the quality is unmatched. It’s also cool how much versatility it has.

Performance9.7
Design8.9
Value8.9
Reader Rating49 Votes0.1
9.2
Expert Rating
Bottom Line

Noah Staum

Noah has a special ability to discover stellar new products (read: spends hours online shopping), especially if they help people create, watch, listen to music, and improve quality of life. Based in Los Angeles, he’s worked with several global social apps and is the creator of nonormal.life and White Spot Studios.

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  1. Bose, unfortunately, has gone way-down, both in quality and reliability since Mr. Bose died. The Bose of yesteryear is gone as is Mr. Bose. The plethora of reviews all seemingly manifest the same thing: the CD breaks or reports errors, far too often, to be ignored. For-the-price, and I might add, Bose is now discounted, more often, than it ever has benn, which is something Mr. Bose didn’t allow or was deemed necessary.

    Bose has lost its cache and I suspect, its envitable once proud reputation as a research-oriented espoused company. The Mountain upon it sits is trembling and a subsequent eruption may take place. THe continued demise of Bose mirrors the continuation of the demise of AMerica’s prestige, home and abroad!

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