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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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?

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.

J Fitz says:

How do you play Xm satellite radio through this?

ryry998 says:

lol You are a robot for the sheep.

andybltt says:

Is it true to say that this speaker is a receiver and not a transmitter? My father in law loves his compilation CDs that he makes and bought this to be able to send music to another sound touch speaker in his house from the CD player on here but all it seems to be able to do is pick up streamed music from another source rather than send the CD music to the other rooms. Seems like a big hole in the system capability if it cannot stream from the CD player it comes with?

AnA LM says:

Any sonic improvement over the Wave 3?


How can I connect it to my TV?

tveirken1 says:

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

hereistand2008 says:

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

I Will Mac You says:

How much does it cost andy?

Pranav Madhu says:

great video

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 🙂

socksumi says:

When you actually compare Bose mini systems to full sized components, they’re not so impressive anymore. Bose produces “salable” sound that is pumped up in the mid bass and presence region which salesmen know impresses average hacks who doesn’t know audio from their rear ends. With Bose, you’re paying for advertising, gimmicks and marketing hype more than substance. There are many systems at the same price that will blow Bose products away and all you need to do is search them out and listen.

Rico Suave says:

Andy, you are dueible!

Jarhead6 says:

looks great man!

Tom Spires says:

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

kwick818 says:

No Apple Music or airplay 2 yet

Nic says:

BOSE wave soundtou IV S C H R O T T

Nash says:

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

Karim Sanchez says:

I am so sick of complicated speakers , equalizers , CD players , cassette player . Time to get it rid of it and replace it by this nice Bose Wave . Thanks for the review

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

Andy Slye says:

Check out the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV:

Michael Reed says:

Sponsored by Bose so bound to be objective…… or not.

Frank Di Lorenzo says:

Great Review Andy!

Do you recommend setting this up as a sound bar under my TV with analog-out only ports?



Vi Le says:


Squatato Pod says:

I am your GOD

Nayan Surati says:

Is there USB POrt

misterOsc says:

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

Ian john Horwood says:

bose is absolute crap , one of the worst sounds ive ever heard , its as lowfi as u can get. There is no clarity, detail, resolution, and realism, bose is an absolute joke. Get a proper high resolution cd player , amplifier , and speakers , u will never look back. Bose sound is scraping the bottom of the barrel, actually it scrapes way far below the bottom of the barrel , like listening through dog poo, its so bad, sound excrement doesnt begin to describe the sound. U must have to be truly brain washed by bose, and have deaf ears if people think their products are the best thing since sliced bread, because its the most ransid gone off sound ive ever heard, and makes me sick to my stomach and ears, their pedaling and elavating this as high quality sound. No its not, its poo, dog crap, and absolute shite. people need to hear a proper high end system, to know bose gets an ( A triple plus minus absolute zero ) for sound quality, and thats an understatement.

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Travis Muhler says:

You should have showed the audio quality versus just talking about it.

griffytwo griffytwo says:

Andy, Can a mic be added to this system. to play along with an inserted CD. You know like a person playing a musical instrument. I did see in the back a input jack.

Jake's Gengar 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!

Jalen says:

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

Stephan Weaver says:

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

Mr. Doody says:

I purchased one last week and it’s outstanding!

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

Hanzelman Painting says:

amo o son da marca bose

StreetLilly says:

wow, great review! This definitely will help me to make the decison :>

sunson paul says:

hai Andy

i would like to know that can we use headphone out to my power amplifier (i mean using 3.5mm jack to rca converter cable)
if yes it will be very usefull that i can make it whole come that way..(hope it works)

Bryan Ladd says:

Look at frequency responses. Lol

deedee blue says:

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

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