Water spill on Bose Wave Radio - Radio now buzzes.
Would anyone know if it is practicle to have this radio sent for repair and what it may cost to repair it? Does Bose have a site that repairs these radios? http://norbern.com/bose_repair_rates.htm presents some repair rates but repairing damage due to water is not estimated. The radio and alarm buzz when they come on. You can hear the radio but the buzzing is too annoying to make listening to it practicle. Thanks for your input.
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Deja Vu. I did exactly the same thing with my 1st generation Wave Radio in 1995. Like all electronics not made for scuba work, if you don't open the case and start blasting it with a hairdryer in the first few minutes of getting it wet your main circuit board is toast. When you turn it on does it make a rhythmic electronic death rattle sound? If yes, corrosion has destroyed the circuitry. I don't know if the Bose of today is the same Bose Culture as when I fried mine but mine was 2 months past warranty. I took it to my local repair shop who told me they'd have to replace the main circuit board. Very discouraging but they told me Bose was very responsive to lovers of the product and if I wrote them a letter they might take pity on me. I wrote a letter extolling my love for the product (It was all true. I'd been looking for something non-jarring to wake up to for months before I bought this thing). No BS. I sent the letter and about a month later they sent me a letter with instructions for returning it to the factory and an RMA number. They replaced the main cicruit board for free and returned it to me. It worked flawlessly until 2009. It's worth a try, but I mean it, send an Old School snail mail not an email. It makes a difference. Good luck and sorry. It's an expensive piece of equipment.
Yes you have a defective laser assembly. The 139 is a great price as buying the laser lens alone will cost you around 70 .Bose will also upgrade with any new software and will also provide you with a 1 yr warrenty.
Bose will not release their schematics or parts lists, effectively giving them a monopoly on repair of these sets. There is, however, 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.
Bose will not release their schematics or parts lists, effectively giving them a monopoly on repair of these sets. Their web site, www.bose.com, offers to repair most Wave radios for $100 or provide $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 a MUCH lower price than Bose.