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RUsum1 9,544 1,696 December 1, 2011 at 06:25 PM More Bose Deals
I have a chance to get a Bose Wave in a trade for two subs and a dual enclosure (the Kicker deal that I got from here earlier so it would cost me about $108 to get the Bose although it is used). I am wondering if it's possible to connect the Wave to my HTPC in order to listen to all of my TV sound through the system. According to the website, there is an Aux In connection and a Headphone connection in the back of the system. Would I get a standard 3.5mm cable and run it from the green speaker out connection in the back of my computer to the Aux In connection in the Bose? Currently the computer is connected via HDMI to the TV so would I have to change settings to allow just video to be transferred through HDMI and have audio transfer through the Bose? This method won't give any sort of degradation to the quality of the sound will it? I have lots of FLAC files that I would like to listen to in the best possible way.

Thanks for the help

edit: I am also looking for some input on if these Bose Waves are all they live up to be. I have never been a Bose fan because of their steep price of $500 for this thing but would consider it at $100 if it truly is incredible.

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Just as your TV should have a 1/8 inch stereo minipin output, the radio has the same size input.
The radio's sound is not that impressive so as to be a good TV speaker system. They are particularly good for voice but they have no impact nor deep bass.
You wouldn't have to try to cut off the sound to the HDMI cable.
You would leave it as is and control the volume from the radio's remote, whilst leaving the TV's speakers turned down.
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Also, don't hold your breath on audio quality for your flac's. If there is one thing bose lovers/hater should be able to agree on, it's that bose greatly processes any signal hitting it. Some people thinks it sounds good, but it defeats the purpose of having lossless files to hear it as "perfect" as possible.
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The Bose Wave is not a Theater system it's a desktop or night stand for listening to the radio or ipod. No audiophile will tell you that it is award winning all around does everything amazing. As someone above suggested it wont have the volume or hard hitting bass you want for TV and movies. Unless you listen to CNN all day long on your HTPC or have a super tiny space I don't think this is the system for you.

You could test this if you have a iPod Touch,tablet,smart phone, or similar. Put a movie on your device and go to best buy or another local retailer who has the wave out for people to listen to. Bring a 1/8" mini male to male cable with you and hook up your device. Play the movie, listen and decide.
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edit: I am also looking for some input on if these Bose Waves are all they live up to be. I have never been a Bose fan because of their steep price of $500 for this thing but would consider it at $100 if it truly is incredible.
I have a few relatives that have the Wave radios. They are perfectly fine kitchen radios and throw out decent sound for something that size but I'd not use them for much more than that.

Like Monster Cable, they are great at marketing.

You may also want to check out if the internal speakers are magnetically shielded if it's going to be anywhere near a CRT TV.
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No audiophile will tell you that it is award winning all around does everything amazing.
This assumes people care what audiophiles think.
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This assumes people care what audiophiles think.
Those who want to make an audio purchase care. It's the audiophiles who help us make the best value decisions.
You have something against them?
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This assumes people care what audiophiles think.
Your right, they do tend to be pretty good at cutting through the marketing BS and telling it like it is. They do go to extreme levels but there are all types.
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Those who want to make an audio purchase care. It's the audiophiles who help us make the best value decisions.
You have something against them?
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Your right, they do tend to be pretty good at cutting through the marketing BS and telling it like it is. They do go to extreme levels but there are all types.
What you two are describing is a far-cry from what (hardware) audiophiles actually are.

Audiophiles do not make "best value decisions". They don't actually cut through "the marketing BS", but actually absorb it. Audiophiles are the types that would buy a Sony SCD-1 [stereophile.com] at $5000 or an Esoteric X-01 [teac.com] at $16,500 [soundstage.com] and think it's a good idea. Audiophiles are the types that forgo "pedestrian" solid state receiver (just about any receiver/amp you buy in most electronics store) in lieu of a tube amplifier for their music.

To drive home the point, audiophiles are the types that purchase hyper-expensive power cables [dedicatedaudio.com], such as this $700 AC power cable [dedicatedaudio.com] due to a (misplaced) belief that it will make their music sound better. This sounds like neither cutting through the marketing hype or making decisions according to the "best value". To put it into perspective, Audiophiles are the types that would purchase Monster cables for short distance runs because they offer more bandwidth [gizmodo.com] (despite the fact that the extra bandwidth makes no difference in the actual fidelity of the signal being sent)

What you two describe are "enthusiasts": Those that are willing to spend more than a HTIB set. But they can hardly be called an "audiophile".
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they do tend to be pretty good at cutting through the marketing BS and telling it like it is. They do go to extreme levels but there are all types.
Iagree
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Iagree
Please see my post above, especially concerning the $700 power cable.
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What you two are describing is a far-cry from what (hardware) audiophiles actually are.

Audiophiles do not make "best value decisions". They don't actually cut through "the marketing BS", but actually absorb it. Audiophiles are the types that would buy a Sony SCD-1 [stereophile.com] at $5000 or an Esoteric X-01 [teac.com] at $16,500 [soundstage.com] and think it's a good idea. Audiophiles are the types that forgo "pedestrian" solid state receiver (just about any receiver/amp you buy in most electronics store) in lieu of a tube amplifier for their music.

To drive home the point, audiophiles are the types that purchase hyper-expensive power cables [dedicatedaudio.com], such as this $700 AC power cable [dedicatedaudio.com] due to a (misplaced) belief that it will make their music sound better. This sounds like neither cutting through the marketing hype or making decisions according to the "best value". To put it into perspective, Audiophiles are the types that would purchase Monster cables for short distance runs because they offer more bandwidth [gizmodo.com] (despite the fact that the extra bandwidth makes no difference in the actual fidelity of the signal being sent)

What you two describe are "enthusiasts": Those that are willing to spend more than a HTIB set. But they can hardly be called an "audiophile".
You are confused about what an audiophile is.
au?di?o?phile (? d - -f l ). n. A person having an ardent interest in stereo or high-fidelity sound reproduction
a person who is especially interested in high-fidelity sound reproduction. Dictionary.com Free
You are describing a millionaire audiophile wannabe.

I bought my $200 a pair Audio Engine speakers based on an audiophile's report on them, as they are not to be found and auditioned in my country.
http://www.stereophile.com/budget...ts/1207ae/
Written by an audiophile, in an audiophile magazine.

That sir, drives home the point I was making, and I quote,
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It's the audiophiles who help us make the best value decisions.
Lastly, there is no such thing as a hardware audiophile. It is a contradiction of terms.
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oh wow lots of input. well the guy (a co-worker) let me borrow the bose wave so I have it at home to test it out. I'll have to compare it to my 2.1 Creative speaker setup that I currently have to see if it's that much of a difference.

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Also, don't hold your breath on audio quality for your flac's. If there is one thing bose lovers/hater should be able to agree on, it's that bose greatly processes any signal hitting it. Some people thinks it sounds good, but it defeats the purpose of having lossless files to hear it as "perfect" as possible.
So this system actually does stuff to music files? it's not simply a well-designed speaker system that plays what is thrown at it?
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oh wow lots of input. well the guy (a co-worker) let me borrow the bose wave so I have it at home to test it out. I'll have to compare it to my 2.1 Creative speaker setup that I currently have to see if it's that much of a difference.



So this system actually does stuff to music files? it's not simply a well-designed speaker system that plays what is thrown at it?
Yes the system processes the sound to get the "Boss" sounds. As you have seen not many of us would agree that it is a well designed system, especially for your use.
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So this system actually does stuff to music files? it's not simply a well-designed speaker system that plays what is thrown at it?
Your question is posed to noaht, but please allow me to address the issue.
Noaht has described it better than most, in fact I have never heard it explained that way, but that is in essence, exactly what Bose does. specially in the case of an item like the Bose radio.
They are scientifically advanced beyond one's imagination, in fact they have developed a car suspension that revolutionizes the industry, all based on their audio research, however their goals are different than those of a company who manufactures true neutral hifi speakers.
A lot of their technology is based on tubes/tunnels that carry the sound waves, in order to modify the sound to their needs and desires.
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