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Short Life Time on $499 Bose Wave Radio/CD
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MADISON, WISCONSIN -- How long would you expect a $499 CD/Clock radio to last? Longer than 25 months? That's what I thought despite the fact that the product is only warranted for 1 year. I succumbed to the Bose Corporation marketing and hype and took the plunge in December 2003 - purchasing a Bose Wave Radio/CD as a very special luxury my husband as a Christmas present. Interstingly, I was replacing a clock radio we got from our bank FOR FREE that eventually quit one day (after a mere 15 years). We liked the features of the Bose Wave - the fact that the music turned on quietly in the morning and gradually increased in volume to awaken us, plus the sound of the speakers was wonderful. Unfortunately, what I don't like is that IT JUST QUIT WORKING AFTER 25 MONTHS! When I contacted Bose I was told I could pay to ship it back to them (the shipping would cost me about $25) because the closest service center is a 3-hour drive. Plus, I would get the added pleasure of including $150 for the repair that would be warranted for one year. I THINK NOT! My husband and I decided to take our chances, go to Target, and buy a cheap clock radio with CD player rather than play "stupid" again with Bose. When I related my frustration and my disappointment in an e-mail about their expensive premium product quitting after 25 months, I was given a "lecture" about how I should become an informed consumer, read the warranty literature before I buy, I should understand that electronics have many small components that can fail, and that I should use a surge protector (however, they couldn't guarantee that a surge protector would prevent similar things happening to their products nor will Bose endorse any brand of surge protector). I guess it's all my fault for believing that an expensive product would last longer than a cheap mass market clock radio - shame on me!
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viperpa33s on 04/07/2006:
Sorry you are dissatisfied with Bose. I have been using Bose for a while but never dived into getting the Bose radio. Seems a bit much to use it for a radio just to wake up to. It's true, the more technical the product is, the more chances it will fail. It's always best to get a surge protector. Best to be safe than sorry. You may get a surge at the least likliest times even on a beautiful day. Get a heavy duty surge protector for electronics. You can pick one up at any of the chain retail stores. Computers only have a 3 year average life span under normal use.
CrazyRedHead on 04/07/2006:
I am not in the belief that $$ equals quality. I have seen very cheap or free items last longer than there more expensive counterpart. I have had a clock radio that I bought for 19.99 for almost 25 years, I got it when I was in high school. The volume button is going, so it may be time for a new one. They don't make electronics to last like they used to. If you get a surge protector and get it registered, they usually cover your electronics for up to $50,000.00. I have one with hooked up to my computer. My neighbor has three computers in her house with no SP and recently got two fried by an electrical storm.
rancar on 07/20/2006:
Thank you very much for your posting. I was seriously considering going Bose, and you saved me a lot of money.
ChuckE on 09/11/2006:
I also had the same problem with my Bose. I loved the product but after 2 years, the bass disappeared and only one speaker works. I was very disappointed to find that I would have to pay $150 to repair a $500 device. They were very cavalier about their no guarantee after one year. I will not buy Bose again.
ErnieDMC on 11/02/2008:
I bought my wave radio cd player in 2002. At first it was making a rattling noise whenever deep notes played, it seemed to be coming from the coax antenna circuit card in the back. Bose happily took it back and gave me a new one. I love this radio, I take it with me when I travel too. It has always worked fine and 6 years later it still performs well. Now in late 2003 when they introduced the new Wave radio music cd system. I was a bit concerned. It had a front slot loading cd which uses small mechanical components. And as a Electronics Engineer, I immediately had a bad feeling. Mechanically operated items in electronics do not last long. In my opinion bose had a better product with the top loading cd player. Perhaps that is why my original version still works. I bought a new wave music system for my girlfriend and she rarely uses it. it is about 2 years old now and it still works. I hope it doesn't break.
BMonster on 12/10/2009:
I was given a Bose Wave CD-2000 to repair. Bose will *not* supply service literature or parts (even at the assembly level) to ANY independent servicemen. This is *not* standard industry practice; most companies do provide parts and literature.

Regardless of Bose's stance on supplying parts or literature, I was shocked by the, um, "cost-conscious" design of such a high-priced unit. The speakers themselves are cheap, the power stage consists of a chip originally designed for car stereos (not exactly an audiophile application), etc.

I speak not as a disgruntled consumer, but as a disgruntled engineer with a university degree in electrical engineering... don't buy into the hype! You can get equivalent or better performance at a lower cost from other makers.
Steve from beer town on 02/23/2014:
I bought a Bose music system over 9 years ago(Christmas 2004) and this morning (February 22,2014) it stopped working when I noticed the clock was not displaying the time.I tried turning on with the remote and also unplugging it and plugging back in according to the trouble shooting section of the owners manual.I even tried disconnecting it from the power strip and into a wall socket with no success.I will contact Bose but if it costs too much to fix?Forget it.Oh well,nine plus years is a nice run but I thought perhaps a 500 dollar product like this could last longer.I guess not and may not get another Bose product again.I know people who own Stereo receivers that still work fine after 35 years!
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Bose Wave Radio Quit After 3 Years
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When I purchased the $495 clock radio with cd player my expectation was that it would perform far better than any other product, because it was priced multiples of what other clock radios sold for. I also expected that it would last as long as one expects simple electronic products, with limited moving parts, almost forever. The quality of the sound was excellent. I never had any complaints about it. However, I was completely dumbfounded when the product stopped working gradually with no rational explanation. After three years, the sound started sounding grainy and within a week, nothing worked except for the clock. My biggest disappointment was the lack of compassion Bose has for its customers.

After spending that kind of money you would think that we were a little more important to them that they would leave us abandoned with no recourse on servicing an item that nobody else can service. In the age of Internet communication, you know that they better change their policies or they too will be a dinosaur.
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azRider on 08/19/2013:
Its a 3 year old radio and cd ( what is a cd?) player. it may have had a warranty at one time but once the warranty is up its up. just because its expensive does not mean its made well.
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Great Engineering Feat
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I just received my new Bose Wave radio as an upgrade on my old one after 8 years.

The thing has no buttons....only a remote. I called the company and was told that I could purchase additional remotes for $10.00 each.

There is no holding place on the radio for the remote and the radio is a cripple without the remote.

I don't know about anyone else, but keeping track of remotes is not on my #1 list of things I want to do for the day. I had an optional remote on my old radio, and never used it. This will not be fun.

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getoverit on 03/08/2011:
I'm incined to agree. While remotes can be great, there are times whe you just don't want to deal with them. They should never be the only way to control a device - but things seem to be going that way and it can be a really big pain.
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Bose CineMate disappointment
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This is a simple complaint about what should have been a simple repair -a simple home repair.
An inexpensive fuse, less than a dollar, will cost me $75 plus shipping to have it replaced by Bose. Alternatively, for $300 or 400 I could just replace the whole system. In the past, when my stereo equipment quit working, I have opened the case and looked for fuses that might have blown and replaced them. Sometimes that worked, sometimes not. I tried that this time and found a blown fuse; however, I found that the blown 2 amp fuse was soldered in place on the circuit board. Puzzling. Why would a company solder a common, inexpensive fuse in place?
I wrote the company to see if there was a simple answer or if I could purchase a replacement part. Buying a new board seems a rather silly way to replace the fuse, but thought it was worth consideration. The reply detailed their corporate policy of restricting the sale of Bose parts as well as repair and system replacement details.
I will not be buying Bose products again as a matter of principle. Perhaps there is some new obscure engineering reason to solder that fuse in place, but I was not given that answer - only marketing. Unfortunately for me, I just can't see the logic of spending a few hundred dollars when one just might do the job.
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saj80 on 01/05/2011:
Bose and Apple are notorious for making their products in a manner that only their certified service technicians and shops can repair.
Whiteduck on 01/05/2011:
Soldering a fuse should be pretty easy work. Sounds like you did the hard part by finding it. Sounds like warranty isn't an issue, so I'd say go ahead a do it.

Thanks for the post, though. I have some Bose stuff at home and wasn't aware of this.
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Repair Centr
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BLYTHEWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Bose you rock! We purchased a sound system in 2002 which needless to say is obsolete. The remote to the system was damaged by liquid and no longer usable. I called the service department to see if a replacement could be purchased. The gentleman who help me told me that this particular remote was no longer made but to send to the remote in for repair. Today, we received the remote in working condition! You made our day! Thank you for your great repair and customer services!
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At Your Service on 01/17/2013:
Great to hear.
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Bose poor quality
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Bose QC2 cheap plastic both sides of headset now broke. Seems to be a common problem from various blogs. So much for brand synonymous with excellence. Told me I could upgrade for $90. Sounds like extortion. Guess they'll just have to look crappy with electrical tape. Should for a lot for PR.
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At Your Service on 02/01/2012:
I absolutely love Bose products. Best sound systems I've ever heard! They've got a 1SR sound bar out now that is absolutely unbelievable!
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Bose = Disappointment
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MT STERLING, ILLINOIS -- Purchased this for a theater room in our basement. 1 year later it will not work or even come on. I have to send it in to be fixed for shipping of 75 to 100 dollars. This unit was around $500.00.

I have checked around on the internet for weeks and there are hundreds if not thousans that have had the same problem.

Bose = poor quality.
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At Your Service on 12/26/2011:
The Cinemate is a little more than the $500. It's price regulated by Bose at a starting price of $599. It's an amazing piece of circuitry however. Incredible surround sound with four speakers, two in each chassis, up front. Add the Acoustimass module and you've got a sound that you have to hear to believe! It's well worth the extra $75 to $100, if that's what it takes, to get it working. I'd suggest using a line conditioner to protect the delicate circuitry that exists in all electronics today. I'd also further suggest contacting the retailer you purchased the unit through. Many offer additional warranty protection to cover the unplanned for expense.
Kris10 on 12/27/2011:
Have you contacted Bose yet? Bose is known for quality sound systems and I think that they'd be as disappointed as you are. Give them a chance, you might be surprised!
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Excellent Customer Service
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I have a Bose surround sound system. It is approximately four years old. Recently, lightening caused the system to go down. It was after five on a Friday evening but I called the customer service line just to check their hours. It was answered by a live person who spoke very good English!! He walked me through a few checks on the system and diagnosed what he thought the problem was. I ordered the part he recommended and was told to call back when I received it so someone could walk me through the installation of it. The part arrived very quickly and I called them back. Once again I was able to talk to someone almost instantly. They helped me put the part in and it was working again within five minutes. This was the best customer service I think I have ever received over the phone. Kudos to the Bose Corporation. All others should follow their example!!
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Bose wave
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In the middle of the night. our Bose Wave turned itself on, flashed, and then went dead. Our lamps would not work. I checked the electric panel, tried to reset the breaker and was greeted with a blue spark. The breaker could not be reset.

I just paid an electrician $240.00 because my wife's $300-400 Bose Wave clock/CD player created a "dead short" and tripped our 20 amp circuit breaker. Other electronics such as an LCD TV, DVR player, and my 1983 vintage clock/radio were unaffected after the Bose Wave was unplugged. The Bose Wave had no external evidence of any malfunction.

Our warranty expired in 2006. Bose offered to fix the Wave for about $110 + one-way freight.

My wife wants to fix the Wave and I want to just recycle this time bomb.

Has anyone else had a similar problem with this product?

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Anonymous on 03/03/2010:
What did the electrician charge you $240 for?
Starlord on 03/03/2010:
A service charge and replacement of a breaker should not have run $240. If the breaker reset and the unplugged Bose allowed the breaker to work properly, what is the problem? I agree with slomo, $240 for what?
hankster45 on 03/06/2010:
Sometimes it takes more than a moment to pin a needle in a haystack.
Nohandle on 03/06/2010:
I have a Bose Wave and never had a problem with it. I'm not an electrician but it appears you had a power surge of some sort. Was anything else in that particular room affected, not the entire house, just that room? I have great respect for electrical panels after receiving a free home permanent once while replacing fuses.
Anonymous on 03/06/2010:
"Sometimes it takes more than a moment to pin a needle in a haystack."

You mean find a needle in a haystack?
Pin the tail on the donkey?

That's like saying: "You know what they say... people in glass houses sink ships."
PepperElf on 03/06/2010:
pin the haystack on the donkey?

loose lips shouldn't throw stones...

Anonymous on 03/06/2010:
Guys, it's not rocket surgery
PepperElf on 03/06/2010:
Ah! But it is brain science!

It's worse than that, it's physics, jim!
(stolen from the Firm)
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"For $100, You Can Get A Replacement Set"
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I've had my Bose Quiet Comfort 3 headphones for a few years. Frankly, I use them typically on business travel and maybe used them 25-30 times. The left channel went dead, and initially thinking it was the cord, I went to the Bose Store. They determined it was the internal connection point that went bad. I was told since they were out of warranty, I could replace the set for $100. There was no repair option.

The headphones were a gift, and I'm really annoyed that they broke in the first place given the original cost was somewhere around $350 - $400. I haven't decided what to do yet.
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Anonymous on 05/12/2009:
Since you got them for free why not buy the replacement set for $100? Bose sells them new for $350.
Suusan B. on 05/12/2009:
Since you didn't pay for them in the first place getting a replacement of a $350 item for $100 sounds like a good deal.
RossJTodd on 12/16/2009:
Bose mobile-inear headset Don't go there.
I have an apartment full of Bose sound system products and remain very satisfied with them. My most recent acquisition, minor in terms of the scale of previous purchases, brings considerable dissatisfaction. I purchased the Bose mobile-inear headset, thinking I was getting a quality product. After all, your reptuation was strong, in my view. Wrong. They are wretched. Probably the worst I have had in my ears. Ah, the sound is good. Those soft tips are unmanagable. They come off at the drop of a hat. Even when I take the headset out of my ears, they slide off. And of course, just unwrapping that excessively long cord hanging from the earbuds means that the tips fall off and I grovel around the floor looking for them. And now, having lost two of them, I have to buy more. Price is trivial of course. But if this is the life experience of these headsets, how many of these soft tips am I willing to purchase again, and again, and again. Not many. I'll go back to my Apple ear buds. Sorry, a disastrous product in my view. Thought I'd let you know. People see them and aske me about them. I am pretty direct and honest in my opinion. Their genral reaction is one of surprise - Bose is supposed to be good, they say. I wish it was in relation to this product.

I wrote to Bose about this, and their reply: "Replacement ear tips can be ordered by contacting us at 800-367-4008. Please have the headphones with you when you call to order. Specific information will be requested from the headphones to place the order and to verify if they are true Bose headphones" It appears to me that they do not care about their cosumers, only raking in more money.
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