Bose Wave Mu­sic Sys­tem III

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One of the clas­sics in au­dio ex­cel­lence, the Bose Wave Mu­sic Sys­tem has just got an up­grade. The lat­est ver­sion comes with a touch pad on the top for on/off as well as a new alarm with two pre­sets. The AM/FM tuner is also eas­ier to use with info dis­play for sup­ported sta­tions.

Au­dio­philes are very par­tic­u­lar about what they hear and how they hear it. No com­pro­mises will do. It is for these peo­ple that Sennheiser has come out with the HD700, a high­end head­phone.

Let us make it clear at the very out­set that this is not some­thing for some­one who wants to hear mu­sic from their phone while trav­el­ling in a city bus. This is a black-and-sil­ver head­phone you will plug on while loung­ing on a La-Z-Boy sip­ping your favourite poi­son.

The HD700 is a big head­set, big enough to come in a wooden box all its own. Still af­ter a few hours of lis­ten­ing plea­sure you don’t even feel the halo or any heat inside the ear cups. The cush­ion­ing ef­fect on the ear cups as well as head­band is pure bliss.

Even bet­ter is the sound. We tried it with a wide range on gen­res from opera to clas­si­cal and rock to blues, and there was never a mo­ment of dis­com­fort or a note that was off key. The mu­sic is soft, but you still don’t miss out any­thing. With au­dio re­pro­duc­tion in the 10 to 42,000 Hz range al­most all kinds of mu­sic is easy cov­ered and en­joyed with the head­phone.

Plus, to en­sure the qual­ity of the sound, the trans­ducer is mounted in high-pre­ci­sion gauze made of stain­less steel. The open de­sign of the ear cups cou­pled with the slight an­gle of the speak­ers en­sures that the sound is not harsh and does not blow away your ear drums. In fact, it feels as if you are lis­ten­ing to a per­for­mance is an acous­ti­cally de­signed the­atre.

The HD700 comes with an ex­tra­long fab­ric-fin­ish lead so that you can take your mu­sic where you want it. But this has a 6.3-mm jack which you find only in Hi-Fi sys­tems these days. You will need a con­verter to use it with a 3.5mm jack and that will re­duce the qual­ity to an ex­tent.

And, there is one catch to this ex­quis­ite au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence and that is the price. The HD700 costs

54,990. But we don’t think the kind of peo­ple this de­vice is meant for will re­ally mind.

—TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

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BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Great sound at a very loud price.

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