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The advanced AM/FM tuner delivers clear radio reception, and you can instantly access your favorite stations with six FM and six AM presets. Song and station information appears on the large visual display. And the CD player lets you hear your music the way you like with repeat, random and continuous play.
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No, but we have a distinct Wave system that does. The Wave SoundTouch music system IV combines the benefits of the Wave music system IV and our SoundTouch wireless systems into one convenient unit that plays CDs, AM/FM radio and streaming music via Wi-Fi.
The first "Wave" product was the "Acoustic Wave Music System" (AWMS-1), which was a tabletop mini-hifi system that was introduced in 1984. The AWMS-1 consisted of an AM/FM radio, cassette player, two 2-inch tweeters, and a four-inch woofer. In 1987, Amar Bose and William Short won the Inventor of the Year award from Intellectual Property Owners for the waveguide loudspeaker system. A model with a CD player was added in 1992.
The "Wave Radio" (which has since become known as "Wave Radio I") was an AM/FM clock radio that was introduced in 1993. It was smaller than the Acoustic Wave Music System and used two 2.5-inch speakers. A "Wave Radio/CD" model was introduced in 1998 and was essentially a Wave Radio I with a CD player. The end of the waveguides were tapered by 2%. Unlike the Acoustic Wave, the Wave Radio could be used as an alarm clock radio, and featured two independent alarms, which could be set to A/M or F/M radio, a buzzer, or a device plugged into the auxiliary input.
The "Wave Radio II" was introduced in 2005 and was based on the Wave Music System without the CD player. It used a dual tapered waveguide and revised speakers. The "Wave Radio III", introduced in 2007, was identical in appearance to the Wave Radio II and added Radio Data System (RDS) and a large snooze button on top of the unit.
The "Wave Music System" was released in 2004 as a replacement for the Wave Radio/CD. It had revised speakers, a 66 cm (26 in) tapered waveguide for each speaker, and could play MP3 format CDs. The "Wave Music System II", released in 2005, was nearly identical to its predecessor, and the 2012 "Wave Music System III" added Radio Data System (RDS) and a large snooze button to the top of the unit. Accessories included a CD changer (released in 2005) and an iPod dock (released in 2006).
The "Bose Wave/PC" was released in 2001 as a device to play mp3 files and digital radio from a Windows PC. It was based on the Wave Radio, sent commands to the computer using a serial data cable and received audio via an analogue output from the computer's sound card. Later models used a USB for transferring both commands and audio. The system was reviewed to have good sound quality, however it was criticised for its high price and difficulty in transferring commonly used files types such as WMA.
At a time when audio equipment is geared towards the future, you might think that the humble tabletop radio is extinct. Not even close. It's just evolved, and gotten a lot smarter over time. Radios now bear little resemblance to the dinky little clock radios from the past twenty years. As a bonus, they're not all that expensive - not compared to other examples of audio equipment, which can cost thousands of dollars. Even the most expensive tabletop radio costs considerably less than most other speaker categories. For more background, see our tabletop radio comparison table and buying advice below the picks.
It is far from the best sounding radio here, however. In our opinion, the sound is passable, but can be a little harsh at times, especially when listening to AM/FM. For a better audio option, try the Grace Digital Mondo Elite Classic, below. Worth noting: Tivoli Audio make several variations of this radio, including a version with a clock, the Model Three, and a Wi-Fi-enabled version called the Model One Digital, both $300. We think the Model One BT is the best radio they make.See the Tivoli Audio Model One BT
The Grace Digital Mondo Elite Classic offers everything you could possibly want in a radio. Whether you listen to an Internet station, or an AM or FM broadcast, you'll be up and running in seconds. The Mondo Elite Classic delivers excellent sound quality, too, thanks to a well-made 25-watt amplifier. It's not the loudest radio around, but for sheer quality and versatility, nothing can beat it. It even includes a Qi wireless charging pad, meaning you can drop your phone on top to charge. That's something not even more expensive radios, like the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV, below, can boast. We love the design, too. The old Mondo Elite was an industrial hunk of plastic, but this has real warmth and flair, with a wonderful wood finish.
The Avantree SP850 is a popular little desktop radio, perfectly suited for the kitchen or workshop. It features a rechargeable battery and, being roughly the size of an iPhone, it can be taken virtually anywhere. Avantree have focused their efforts on user-friendly features such as auto-scan and one of the easiest ways to manually search stations. The ten large buttons with numbered slots not only make saving a favorite station a breeze, but also act as a smart dial. Just punch in 1022 to tune into 102.2 FM, for instance.
AM/FM: BothBluetooth/Wi-Fi: NoneDigital: NoWhat We Like: Full stereo sound, in contrast to the many mono radios on this list.What We Don't: Volume is slightly lower than we would like.
This might seem like an odd choice for one of our top five radios, but if you ever happen to find yourself in one of those zombie flicks, in a city undergoing a power cut...this little radio will still be able to pick up the emergency broadcasts. In more realistic terms, if you just happen to be at the beach, sailing boat, local park or your front porch, this fine NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) device will keep chirping away all day long - on account of its solar power self-charging. Its ability to be also charged by hand winding (as well as AAA batteries) is useful, too. A minute of hand-cranking gives you 15 minutes of broadcast.
What's more, this little radio also acts as a power bank (2000mAh) with an included 4-in-1 USB cable with lightning port, 2 micro-USB and 30 pin connections. That alone makes it a must-have for music festival lovers. Aside from the survivalist kudos, the NOAA radio sports a jolly 80s vibe. You'll be limited to AM/FM bands only, and of course frequency tuning is manual - the old fashioned way. Audio quality is decent enough - no thundering bass or audiophile clarity, but the Running Snail still manages to get a loud enough background playback and there are no major sonic issues. If you live in Florida or anywhere near hurricane weather this is the perfect companion - its third WB (VHF weather band 162.400-162.550) picks up the governmental emergency bulletins.See the Running Snail NOAA Radio
Should you let that stop you? Of course not. Not everybody needs audiophile grade sound, and the quality of the radios we mentioned is always adequate, frequently good, and occasionally spectacular. If you can, try before you buy to get a feel what kind of radio you should go for, and if you do want something a little bit more hefty, and with better sound, you should check out our lists of the best bookshelf speakers and stereo amps.
We are not only talking about audio transmission, when it comes to the above-mentioned additional embedded digital material, as this could be data as well. For instance, HD Radio offers a service called Artist Experience. This allows playbacks to include the transmission of artist and track name, album art, logos and other artwork, which can be displayed on (the optional) radio screen. Perfect example of this: the Grace Digital Mondo Elite Classic, a tabletop radio the displays a huge range of information, and offers full HD capability. We rather like it.
You'll notice in our table above that we have a listing for wattage. Let's keep it simple. Wattage is the amount of power the speaker or radio will put out. It's not quite the same thing as loudness, which you can, after all, change by tweaking the volume knob, but it's a rough analogue. If one speaker has 10 watts of output power per channel, and another has 20, and they are both at roughly the same volume level, then the one with 20 will make a louder noise. When we have wattage stats for the radios, they're measured in RMS, which is how much power the radio can put out over a long period - as opposed to peak or dynamic wattage, which is the absolute max it can put out in one short burst before it goes bang!
You'll notice that we can't give many wattage figures for the radios on our list. That, sadly, is deliberate - in most cases, manufacturers just don't give them. It's annoying as hell, and happens for many reasons, the most common being that they don't believe they can compete with dedicated, more powerful hifi systems. Our take? Wattage is useful, but not essential to know. Other features will give you a better idea of which radio is for you. The Cambridge Audio AXR100D is the most powerful that we know of, at 100 watts.
The first, somewhat obviously, is weight. A portable radio should be light and small, as well as robust. It should be able to be slung into a bag and forgotten about. While you may get slightly less volume and perhaps less clear sound quality, you more than make up for it in terms of convenience. There are several radios on our list that we think are light and small enough to be portable. Try the Sony ICFP26 as a basic option.
And speaking of features: one thing we recommend going for, if possible, is a radio with Bluetooth functionality. AM and FM signals can be powerful, but also have a habit of fuzzing out of the worst possible moments. If you have a radio with Bluetooth, you can connect directly to your mobile device, which may have a stronger data signal. It means you never have to be without your music. 041b061a72