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Gadget Friday

Todays theme is Sound.

I'm not going to go on about the best amplifier or speakers. Instead I'm going to discuss a particular brand's offering in this space. Its a brand we all have heard of (sic) at one time or another, but not everyone has had the pleasure of using or listening to the output. Its not my favorite brand either - I have a penchant for all auditory things by Panasonic, as they make a sound that I find personally pleasing.

The brand we'll rush through today is Bose. Started in 1964 by a Dr Amar Bose (a clever chap at MIT), it is a brand that empahsises the process of Research to develop products that give great sound and presence from unlikely physical size/volumes.

Their most famous patent is the Waveguide based WaveRadio. I had the pleasure of hearing this in a Bose shop, and let me tell you, though not a particularly precise and refined sound, it is BIG. For something so small, you get a massively clear and present experience. I've not seen anyone have this in their home, though the Radisson Edwardian hotel had this in their honeymoon suite. It would therefore be a good novelty.

The other product you may have seen recently advertised, is the Lifestyle system. A Spectaculary clever way to bring great sound into your home for tv/music without the awful mess of some of those garish 5.1 dolby surround kits with ugly speakers. Its clever because it now leverages wireless technology, to do away with even more wiring via the Expansion Kit. Just plug one of these RoomMatesinto a socket in a room and voila, you get massive sound without garish speakers.

For those of you who want a great stereo system, you could go all unique and get the Daddy WaveGuide.

Other great Bose items include the superb market leading QuietComfort noise cancelling headphones.

The Bose list is endless, and my project beckons. Until I get ADSL at home, this edition of Gadget Friday will have to remain as is.

More to come next week...


  1. Blogger Damo says @ 2:24 pm
    Bose are constantly advertising that WaveRadio on the back of glossy magazines. It does look pretty handy. What's slightly worrying is that they never drop any hint as to what the price is.

    Do you know?
  2. Blogger B1RDIE Num Num says @ 3:40 pm
    About £450 for the small and £900 for the Daddy one.

    Expensive huh?
  3. Blogger Aravis says @ 5:57 am
    Bose radios are put in some luxury cars here as well.
  4. Blogger Damo says @ 6:55 pm
    I generally cut costs in life, and the one thing I didn't skimp on was the music side of things. CD player (Pioneer), amp (ditto) and speakers (Mission) cost me £550. That was 10 years ago, and they still play as good as the day I got them. What's odd is that the remote control is still operating on the original batteries.

    Against that backdrop, the Bose stuff sounds a bit expensive...

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