Bose shelf stereos

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Shelf stereo products sold by Bose Corporation are listed below.

Wave systems[edit]

The Wave systems use a folded waveguide (a series of passages from the speaker driver to the speaker grill). The waveguide is claimed to improve low-frequency sound "from a small enclosure by guiding air through two 26” folded wave guides".[1]

Acoustic Wave Music System[edit]

Acoustic Wave Music system

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.[2] In 1987, Amar Bose and William Short won the Inventor of the Year award from Intellectual Property Owners for the waveguide loudspeaker system.[3][4] A model with a CD player was added in 1992.

The "Acoustic Wave Music System II" was released in 2006 and added MP3 CD playback, a "Boselink" port and a headphone jack. This system was judged to be expensive and lacking in performance and features compared to its competitors.[5][6] The line of Acoustic Wave Music System products was discontinued in 2017.

Wave Radio[edit]

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.[3] 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%.[7]

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 Radio IV", introduced in 2015, had a significantly different appearance and controls to its predecessor, and dual alarms. Production of the Wave Radio IV ceased in 2017.

Wave Music System[edit]

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.[8] The "Wave Music System II", released in 2005, was nearly identical to its predecessor, and the 2007 "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 "Wave Music System – SoundLink" was released in 2009,[9] which used a Bluetooth USB adaptor to stream audio from a computer to the Wave Music System and send basic commands (play/pause and skip) from the Wave's remote to iTunes and Windows Media Player software.[10] The SoundLink functioned as the computer's sound card, therefore it disabled the computer's speakers. Connection was via a "Boselink" port[11][12] A "Wave SoundLink" accessory was also introduced for the Wave Music System II, which added Bluetooth streaming to existing units.[11][12][10]

The "Wave Music System IV", introduced in 2015, had a significantly different appearance and controls to its predecessor, and dual alarms. A "Soundtouch" version was introduced, which added Wi-Fi streaming as an audio source.


The "Bose Wave/PC" was released in 2001 as a device to play mp3 files and digital radio from a Windows PC.[13][14] 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.[15] Later models used a USB for transferring both commands and audio.[16] 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.[17]


SoundDock series I

The "SoundDock" was an audio dock for Apple iPods and iPhones that was produced from 2004 until 2017.[18]

The first generation SoundDock was introduced in 2004.[19] It included a remote control and allowed all of the iPods controls to be used while docked. The SoundDock could charge an iPod while docked, however the lack of a direct input or pass-through Dock Connector means that the iPod cannot sync while being used in the SockDock.[20] The SoundDock was the 2006 winner of the MacUser Reader's Award for Audio of the Year.[21] The series I was discontinued in 2008, however it was re-introduced in 2009 as the "SoundDock series I version 2" model. The version 2 model was compatible with iPhones and charged via USB.[22]

The "SoundDock Portable" was released in 2007[23] and included a battery which provided a running time of 3 to 14 hours, depending on bass and listening volume.[24][25] Compared to the SoundDock series I, the Portable was had an external 3.5 input and the remote control could change between playlists.[24]

The "SoundDock Series II" was introduced in 2008.[26][27][28] Changes included iPhone compatibility, a 3.5 mm input for external sources and playback hardware shared with SoundDock Portable.[29][30]

The "SoundDock 10" was released in 2009.[31] It ws compatible with iPhones,[32] included a remote control[33] and could receive music via Bluetooth if an additional adaptor was purchased.[34]

The "SoundDock Series III" was released in 2012 and included a lightning connector.[35] A reviewer noted a "rich sound" but also the lack of controls to adjust the tone.[36]

Comparison of functions
Version Dock Connection AUX In Battery iPhone Certified Video Out
SoundDock series I FireWire No No No No
SoundDock series I v2 USB No No Yes No
SoundDock series II USB Yes No Yes No
SoundDock series III Lightning Yes No Yes No
SoundDock Portable USB Yes Yes No No
SoundDock Portable v2 USB Yes Yes Yes No
SoundDock 10 USB Yes No Yes Yes

SoundLink Air[edit]

SoundLink Air

The "SoundLink Air" was released in 2012 and used solely with Apple devices, since it used Apple's AirPlay protocol instead of Bluetooth.[37] Unlike other SoundLink devices, the Air was mains powered, although a battery accessory was an optional extra.[38]

Reviewers praised the sound quality and build quality, but commented that competing systems may offer a better experience, and criticised the price of the optional battery and the bulkiness of the wall-plug adaptor.[39][40][41] Sales of the SoundLink Air ended in 2014.[42]


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