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Bose radio hi, we just got our power back on after several days. Our bose radio is totally dead. What do you think has happened to it? Is there something we can do to revive it? Thanks Frenchjeanne

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  • bmish4 Dec 21, 2008

    Our electricity was also out for over 1 week, however we were using a generator. The Bose worked the first time we tried it with the generator running but the next day it no longer worked at all. No lights, no sound, nothing.



    I did call Bose and they offered to repair it for $129 and they'd provide a 1 year warranty. Or I can exchange for a newer model for $299.

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There's a line fuse on a circuit board inside the radio. CAUTION: disconnect the set from its power source before you open it up or start poking around inside it. If you're lucky, all you will need is a simple fuse replacement. The sets are, however, notorious for "blowing" power transformers. If the fuse is not the problem, you will likely need to send the set to Bose for repair. On their web site, www.bose.com, they offer to repair most Wave sets for $100 or give $200 credit towards the purchase of a new Wave. Before you spend the big bucks though, you might want to check out the new HD radios. Better sound and MUCH lower prices than the Bose.

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