R.I.P. Friend….


You will be missed.

Yup, my Bose “wave” clock radio died on Sunday. It served me faithfully from the mid 90’s up through yesterday. And then…

I was taking a nap Sunday afternoon and when I woke up, I say up to look at the time. There was a “1” on the display.

Uh oh.

Power outage? Nope. So I unplugged it and plugged it back in. The whole display lit up like a Christmas tree.

Hrm– this is usually what happens when a battery is going bad. So I unplugged it, took out the backup 9-volt battery, and replugged it in.

Absolutely nothing. Well, except for a horrible squelch noise when I unplugged it again.

Nothing I tried seemed to resurrect it. The Bose was gone.

Which leaves me rather distressed.

Ever since childhood, I have woken up to music from an alarm clock radio. It’s how I get up in the mornings. And then I let they morning DJ’s entertain me while I go about my daily ablutions.

This morning I woke up to my iPhone playing “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquoi.

I need a replacement- and I need one fast.

But what to get? I want a trusty alarm that wakes me up with music from a preselected radio station. Preferably music that gently rises in volume. And good sound quality is a must for my morning listening.

I don’t want a Casio or a Crosley or a Spark-o-Matic red LED display, RRRr-RRRR-RRrR alarm thingy.

And I don’t want some tinny, poorly designed iCrap-gadget from Target that has a wibbly iPhone dock. In fact I want no iPhone docking (just one more thing to go obsolete after a model upgrade).

So far, I’m hearing good things about Tivoli Audio:


I love the retronessy-ness of it. The tuning dials, the analog clock. And supposedly the sound is amazing. However, because if the analog clock, the alarm will go off twice every day unless you turn it off and then reset it each night.

Major hassle.

Or there’s the more modern Boston Acoustics:


Supposedly even better sound AND modern digital convenience! But it doesn’t have the cool retro vibe.

Or perhaps the Sonoro:


This badass motherfucker is German and sleek, glossy goodness. Too bad I can’t even find specs on the thing, let alone pricing.

So– what do y’all think? Any recommendations??

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10 Responses to R.I.P. Friend….

  1. JP says:

    Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a good houseboy to sing softly in your ear and then go make french toast?

  2. justajeepguy says:

    JP’s on to something but I was thinking (rather boringly) another Bose and if you show them you dead one maybe they’ll give you a nice discount? Or cum over and install it?

    Until you decide, can you set up your computer or ipad to stream the station you like in the morning?

  3. JimA says:

    I just rely on my iPhone…

  4. truthspew says:

    Just get a good docking speaker system for your iPhone. Me, I have a 2nd gen Touch that lives in the dock. And I will NOT update it to IOS 6.0.2 – as it breaks dock functionality with a lot of devices.

  5. truthspew says:

    Oh – and I bet it’s the power supply in your wave that went freaky. When power isn’t stable and and has ripple it causes electronics to freak out. More likely than not its a filter capacitor that gave up the ghost. Crack it open and look for capacitors that are bulging. I’m pretty sure you know someone with some electronics skills that could fix it.

  6. Doréus says:

    I quite like the options you point out. I have been waking up to the same alarm clock radio since 1986… a really reliable GE thing with dimmable blue display (the sound is not extra, but good enough for the news channel I listen to). However, if it were to die, I would want something like what you’ve been looking at.

  7. my cats wake me up; “meow, meow, mommy we’re hungry!” best alarm ever!

  8. rg says:

    How about one of those old fashioned alarm clocks with the bells on it? That’ll wake your ass up in the morning!

  9. truthspew says:

    I have a Sony Dream Machine that has been uplugged for a few years now. No real point since both the Touch and the Android phone have decent alarm clocks on them.

  10. josh says:

    I have one of the small Tivoli radios in my office. The sound quality still surprises (it only has the one little speaker) and I love the aesthetics. The Sonoro’s look interesting. It looks like they have them on Amazon. Good luck. I still remember that Bose. Cool that you’ve hung on to it all these years.

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