Bose Wave Radio III

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May 1, 2012 3:46 PM PDT / Updated: May 7, 2012 5:27 PM PDT

With all these fancy wireless speakers and iPhone speaker docks on the market, one forgets about the venerable Bose Wave Radio and Wave Music System, which are now on their third iteration.

What's new about the Bose Wave Radio III and Wave Music System III? Well, certainly not the high price. The radio-only version goes for $349.95 and the step-up Wave Music System will set you back $499.95.

Bluetooth? Apple AirPlay support?

Alas, no. None of that's onboard, though you do have the option of buying a Wave SoundLink adapter ($149.95) for streaming music wirelessly from a computer or Bluetooth-enabled device. There's also the Wave Connect Kit ($99.95) for docking an iPod or iPhone and the Wave Multi-CD Changer ($249.95) that makes it possible to load up three additional CDs.

The Wave Radio III comes in graphite gray, pictured here, or platinum white. Bose

These options count as "versatility" according to Bose, though again, that versatility and those extras come at a big price.

As far as sound improvements go, Bose says the Wave Radio III and Wave Music System III now include an "improved FM/AM tuner for clearer reception, and artist names and song titles provided by many broadcasters are now displayed onscreen."

Bose's attitude seems to be: why mess with a good thing too much? And it hasn't.

The Wave Music System III with slot-loading CD player is available in silver, gray, and white for $499.95.

The new products replace the current Wave Radio and Wave Music System. It's also worth noting that the Wave Radio III is available in platinum white or graphite gray; the Wave Music System III is available in titanium silver, platinum white, or graphite gray.

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Bose Wave Radio III (platinum white)

Part Number: BOSEWAVERADIOIIIPW

MSRP: $349.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color Platinum white
  • Weight 7.5 lbs
  • Tuner Bands AM/FM
  • Type 1 year warranty
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type Clock radio
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