Good Radio for Home - Sharp or Bose?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by determined09, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. determined09 macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
  2. DonJudgeMe macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2014
  3. determined09 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    Really?! I'm a lady BTW.
  4. A.Goldberg, Apr 5, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015

    A.Goldberg macrumors 68020


    Jan 31, 2015
    I can't comment on the Sharp but...

    Bose the Wave radio is garbage. For $500 it's not worth it. Even for $200 I probably wouldn't buy it. Bose makes some decent products and most of their stuff costs more than it really should BUT I think the Wave Radio is one of their worst products.

    The two items you've picked out are in completely different categories. The Bose is a small, suave table top solution. The Sharp is an obnoxious 90's looking boom box. I'd suspect you'd get a better experience out of the Sharp.

    I'm not going to say I'm an audiophile, but I appreciate good sound. My dad is an audiophile. We own a couple Bose Wave radios and he is not a fan of them at all. The Acoustic Wave Radio is fantastic, but with a ~$1,300 price tag you could put together a much better system.

    I have an older version of something like this is my bedroom at home.

    Not terribly expensive, great sound quality, nice aesthetic design. Dennon and Onkyo have similar setups.
  5. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
  6. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    I have a Bose Wave music system in my bedroom. Great sound quality, and it's pretty reliable- been waking up to it for about 6 years now.
  7. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I have a Bose 3-2-1 in the living room it's been there 9 years and I have no complaints, if it were to die it's be replaced by an updated version. *yes I know the audiophiles are cringing*
  8. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    It would be really helpful if you could tell us a little more about what sort of listening you want to do.

    Do you want to main just use it to listen to the radio (with the odd CD play) while you are around the house?

    Do you have an iPhone/iPod/iTunes music collection you'd like like to listen to through it? (This is very important. Many people these days keep virtually all their music on mp3-type files.)

    Which is more important: Music fidelity/performance - or having an "unobtrusive" music system that fits in your decor without having to run wires and speakers all over?

    Do you want something very simple to use - or do you want something with lots of features and capabilities to master?

    Do you plan on using this just for your own enjoyment, or do you expect it to provide entertainment for dinner parties, etc.?

    Is this radio going in the same room as your main TV set? If so, have you considered surround-sound or other upgraded TV sound system?

    Do you live in a situation where listening to music through headphones/earphones is sometimes necessary? IOW, do you have family/roommates/neighbors who you need to be aware of?

    Lastly: The Bose Music system is nice (my mom has bought several over the years.) It is simple to operate, produces decent (but not great) sound. And it fits almost anywhere with no hassle of running speaker wires.

    However: It is very expensive for the quality of sound it puts out, and is very limited in terms of its overall capabilities.

    Finding out what is most important to you, and the sort of listening you want to do would be key to giving your really helpful recommendations.
  9. eko91 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2015

    I don't really know much about home sound systems, but I know that Bose is well known for their products!! It would be best for you to read the reviews on the specific product you are eyeing. Though Bose may be pricier, they are better on a long run.
  10. determined09 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    Thanks good suggestions. I'll check it out.


    I will mostly be using it to listen to the radio, play CDs sometimes and stream some music from time to time just in my room at home.

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