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Ants in the Speaker

This seems unusual, at least to me. A colony of Carpenter ants has moved into the bass speaker cavity of my Bose CD Radio. I've removed the grille (with top of case) and have removed the nest material in the front of the channel, but they have built a solid nest toward the back, where it curves, and it looks like the whole thing has to come apart to get it all out. So, the question is, what are the steps to disassembling it to this level. Does the plastic curving bass channel even come apart, or is it glued together. Kevin

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Re: Ants in the Speaker

Um, there may be some schematics at boses website. Weird. Sorry, hope you find something soon...

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But bass is that characteristic sound that Bose is known for....
That said, I agree with you Kathy. These sets can be a little on the boomy side. You do not say what model you have, but as a rule, these radios do not have tone controls. The later versions do have a "talk radio" mode that you can select, and this does affect the tone settings. I can't remember it increases or decreases the bass level, but whatever it does, it is substantial. Give this a try if you have a later version of the radio. Also, placement of the radio has a big effect on frequency attenuation. If you want to decrease the bass level, move the radio away from the wall...., certainly don't put it in a corner (two walls increase the bass level), and get it up off the ground (if it is near the floor... which acts like a "third" wall).

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The Bose engineers in their "infinite" wisdom developed a $300 radio with no, that is NO, tone control. This means the only way to tune bass response is to reposition the Wave radio itself. If you put it in a corner of a room, it will produce the most bass. If it is only against one wall, not so much bass. To reduce bass response to a minimum, you would have to suspend the device from a wire in the middle of the room. Good luck. I would never buy a radio without a tone control; I literally inherited by Bose Wave Radio and use external speakers which do have tone controls.

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