STILL AS GOOD

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TESTBENCH -

The Wave Mu­sic Sys­tem from Bose is one of the clas­sics of the au­dio in­dus­try. So it is only nat­u­ral that when an icon like that goes for an up­grade, mu­sic lovers like us are overly ex­cited.

The Wave Mu­sic Sys­tem III is not a com­plete re­vamp of the ear­lier ver­sion that came out in 2004. For in­stance there is now a touch pad on top for on/off as well as snooze for the alarm. The new alarm, mean­while, has two pre­sets with sep­a­rate vol­ume con­trols. The AM/FM tuner has a eas­ier to use scan­ner and info dis­play for sup­ported sta­tions.

The Wave III looks just like the ear­lier Wave ra­dio unit. How­ever, Bose has marked the spot where the touch­pad is so that the new fea­ture stands out—you would need to take the sticker out soon af­ter. The re­mote is sleek and very easy to nav­i­gate, but there are ab­so­lutely no

con­trols on the body. There is a Soundlink op­tion in case you want to con­nect a de­vice us­ing Blue­tooth, but that will cost you more. The other con­nec­tion op­tion is a 3.5mm aux­il­iary jack and ca­ble that let you link to most de­vices.

We were dis­ap­pointed the re­mote does not let you con­trol the plugged-in de­vice in aux­il­iary mode. In this day and age, Bose could have, and should have, in­cluded a USB port so that peo­ple can play their au­dio files di­rectly. While Bose might not be a big fan of MP3s, it a re­al­ity that CDs are los­ing the pop­u­lar­ity race to tiny USB don­gles.

One thing that is a given with any Bose de­vice is the au­dio qual­ity and the Wave III is no dif­fer­ent. Be it the FM or a CD the au­dio qual­ity is su­perb. How­ever, we would not rec­om­mend this for Hard Rock or Metal fans, the Wave III is for lovers of the finer things in life, Clas­si­cal, Jazz and Blues. Try wak­ing up to a Gay­a­tri Mantra on the Wave III and we guar­an­tee you a bliss full day. The mu­sic qual­ity is such, al­most ethe­real. How­ever, we felt that at lover vol­umes some de­tails were get­ting lost and we needed to keep the vol­ume above 60 per cent for the best re­sults. But boy, aren’t those re­sults good.

For those who have been lust­ing to buy a Wave Ra­dio this might be the time to go for it. But re­mem­ber it hasn’t got any cheaper.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

A USB port would have been great.

—TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

ELE­COM TRACK ON THE GLASS MOUSE Price:

` 6,349 BOSE WAVE MU­SIC SYS­TEM III Price:

` 34,763 Specs:

Wave­guide speaker tech­nol­ogy; Plug-and-play; Touch-top con­trols; CD player; FM/AM ra­dio; 4 kg.

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