Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV Review

Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV Review
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Bose was kind enough to sponsor this video, and in this video I’ll be reviewing the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV. This is a room-filling wireless speaker but with some other convenient elements built-in to it. So stick around and find out if this is right for you.

The Wave SoundTouch Music System IV is a feature-packed speaker that is looking to be an all-in-one solution for music lovers. It currently comes in 2 colors, espresso black and platinum silver. The system is about 5.5” tall,14.5” wide, and 8.5” deep and it weighs just under 10 pounds. You can wirelessly stream music to the speaker via Bluetooth or WiFi using a compatible device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. It also has a built-in radio which I was able to tune into my favorite radio stations just fine with no need for an external antenna. It has dual alarms which come in handy if you and your partner need to get up at separate times, and it also has a CD player just in case you can’t seem to give up those mixed CD’s that you burned in 2007. You know who you are.

First thing you may notice is that the design is really attractive. It’s very sleek and will most likely look good just about anywhere in your home. There is no physical power switch because to turn it on and off all you need to do is tap the top of the speaker which is cool and all but could be a potential nuisance if you accidentally touch the top and music starts playing at full blast when you’re not expecting it. Other than the fact that it’s an all-in-one system, the sound that it produces from a fairly compact speaker is one of its best selling points. It’s able to produce a clean, rich and room-filling sound by utilizing Bose WaveGuide technology. This is essentially a series of passages from the speaker driver to the speaker grill that guides air through two 26” folded wave guides. It makes it possible for a compact system like this one to replicate a larger system’s stereo sound. And it works from what I could tell. I was able to play music from the corner of my living room and you couldn’t really pinpoint exactly where the sound was coming from. So it has crisp loud sound quality for sure, but as with most Bose products it has very strong bass. Luckily if you don’t like strong bass it’s easy to reduce the bass through the system settings.

Even though it does have an AUX port, this speaker’s most notable feature is its wireless capability. With built-in Bluetooth you can easily pair it with your smartphone, tablet, or computer and start playing audio immediately. But with the free SoundTouch app you can easily connect the Wave SoundTouch Music System to your WiFi network and play music from popular music services such as Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Prime music, thousands of Internet radio stations and even your own music library. Once your music sources are connected you can play them through the speaker via the SoundTouch app. I pretty much exclusively use Spotify and Pandora on mine, and it seems to work great with both of those. One drawback of playing music through the SoundTouch app is you can’t use your phone’s volume buttons when your phone is locked to adjust the volume. You have to unlock your device to do that or you have to use the included infrared remote.

Now I love this speaker’s ability to set presets with the SoundTouch app. You can set any of your connected songs, albums, playlists, artists or stations to any of the 6 presets and you can then use the SoundTouch app or the remote to press any of those presets and the speaker will automatically start playing that music even if it was turned off. I also love the informational display that shows the title of what’s currently playing.

Since this music system is part of the Bose SoundTouch family, you can easily add more SoundTouch speakers to your home and use the free app to play music across all your speakers at the same time or play different music on different speakers. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for an all-in-one music system that has built in alarms, AM/FM radio, and a CD player but mainly excels in sound quality and wireless playback then the Wave SoundTouch Music System IV may be a good investment for you. I would definitely recommend it to people who want a high quality speaker combo.

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Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV Review

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Scott Mancey says:

just got one for Christmas. i want something for music around the house and tv/movies. is this the way to go or is sonos better

Thermal Tom says:

Andy off topic to this video but if i wanted a macbook mainly for video editing what would you recommend? i have seen your video about it but that was a while ago so might not still be Accreate 🙂

J Fitz says:

How do you play Xm satellite radio through this?

AnA LM says:

Any sonic improvement over the Wave 3?

Stephan Weaver says:

can it get sound input from a tv, for instance?

misterOsc says:

It’s 2016 and I’m still burning cds for my car

Andy Slye says:

Check out the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV:

Stanley Roper says:

I purchased one last week and it’s outstanding!

ryry998 says:

lol You are a robot for the sheep.

Pranav Madhu says:

great video

tansu demir says:

Can some one please tell me what is the output in watts? 700 watts or what? I appreciate feedback. Could not find this information even on the webpage…Frustrating really.

deedee blue says:

thank you i was thinking about getting one ,you have help me make my mind up

hereistand2008 says:

Does it work in Europe? I mean if I purchase the unit from the USA? Thanks

todd deloplaine says:

i still like my vintage home stereo system over bose and i have a pair of bose speakers and i got rid of them poor sounding

Squatato Pod says:

I am your GOD

Luis T says:

$600 dollars is too much, for this price i can get a Home Theater.

Tom Spires says:

can I hook my tv to it? via fiber optic cable

tveirken1 says:

how mutch watt doe the speakers produce? cant find that anywere. greetings from Belgium.

Jarhead6 says:

looks great man!

Jake Fenney says:

loving the ‘you know who you are’ quote…particularly as that’s the very reason I’ve just purchased this system. Glad to hear it’s as good as I hoped it to be!

Nash says:

lol you made me chuckle a bit when you mentioned you know who you are. lmao true storry though.

Jalen says:

Off topic but are your eyes grey or am I tripping balls? Also, great video!

I Will Mac You says:

How much does it cost andy?

Renee Nghiem says:

I bought this recently but I’m not too happy about the way it slides around from the base. It has a pretty old fashioned look to it. I bought it just in case I might want to use the CD player or radio, but I have done neither because streaming is way better. Can you do a comparison video of how this performs compared to the Soundtouch 30?

Speaker Sex says:


Bryan Ladd says:

Look at frequency responses. Lol

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