I have recently had by audio interest rekindled though reading information on this site.
In my experience the lofty world of the high audiophile is really out of the reach of most. A set of speakers and a pair of cables that would pay half of my house mortgage. But true audio bliss is available at a relatively low cost via a half decent heaphone rig.
I started my search by wanting a good headphone that I could use for Viop, gaming and music using my MacBook as the source. The next move was ebay, highest price function to get a feel for the market, yup Bose was the most expensive, hmmm, I read the literature, reads like these are the go, and I can use the noise cancelling feature when I fly. Cool!!!
Anyway I was fortunate that I discovered this site, I now have the AKG K701s, Prehead MkII SE, Mapletree Ear+purist HD Kit and feel very happy that I have paid for top notch gear at the right price, minus the BS.
I mean, wave radio, why the bloody hell would you want a 5 stack CD changer on a clock radio???
My advice to anyone considering a Bose outfit is very simple, settle on the dollar value that you are prepared to spend on the Bose system and pick and choose components to the same dollar value. 9 times out of 10 you will end up with a far better sounding system.
FWIW if the Wave radio was $300.00 I would buy it.