Hi-res: Bose system
The Bose Wave Music System has been around for years, but instead of introducing a new model as other manufacturers have done, Bose has merely added a third colour, in addition to its platinum white and graphite grey.
Bose calls it titanium silver.
According to a company spokesman, 'The latest addition is in response to consumer requests for a product that matches their decor and synchronises with other 'colourful' gadgets.'
It plays CDs, CDRs, MP3 CDs and has six AM and FM digital radio settings, but at HK$4,380 it's at the high end for a music system. Design-wise it's a minimalist button-free unit with a green display at the front and four inputs at the back, including a headphone socket, an auxiliary (mini jack) for plugging into a DVD player, television or MP3 player and a Bose Link that allows you to connect the Wave Music System to link-enabled Bose Lifestyle systems.
Everything is controlled by a small credit card-sized remote so if you're in the habit of misplacing things, buy a spare.
Other features include a front slot for loading CDs (the older model is top loading), a talk-radio mode to compensate for the artificial low-frequency boost of some talk radio programmes, and circuitry that preserves the system settings and time for up to 48 hours during a power outage without the use of batteries. The speakers are also shielded so you can place the box next to a television or computer without any picture interference.
We put in a few noisy CDs to test its dynamic speakers and were surprised by their performance. Katy Perry's I Kissed a Girl found her vocals centre stage, and imaging reasonably true, although it would have been good if there were a bass or treble control to compensate for recording variability. To further test its capabilities, we hooked the Wave Music System to a DVD player. Immediately, we found the sound to be far superior to most built-in television speakers, particularly flat-panel displays. We found depth and stereo imaging to be even better than more expensive set-ups. Casino Royale managed to entertain us with plenty of action sounds and without a hint of distortion.