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How to Replace a Blown Speaker in a Bose Wave Radio II/III or Wave Music System I/II/III

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I own a Bose Wave Music System that I purchased nearly a decade ago. Recently, I noticed that the right side speaker was starting to sound "blown". Not knowing what to do next, I contacted Bose directly and asked what to do about having my radio repaired. They wouldn't give me a repair estimate without seeing the unit first, so I decided to take matters into my own hands: I would replace the blown speaker myself.

Now, before I go on, I must make a small disclaimer: By performing this repair, if your Bose Wave radio is still under warranty, performing this repair, and opening the unit, WILL VOID THE FACTORY WARRANTY. By performing this repair, and opening the unit, you do understand this, and Bose will no longer honor the warranty. Since my unit was almost 9 years out of warranty, I didn't have to worry about voiding my warranty.

This repair should work for any of the Bose Wave Music Systems from late 2004 on (again, my system is from 2005), which all look like the one pictured here (the Wave Music System I, Wave Music System II, or Wave Music System III, which was recently replaced by the newest Wave Music System). It will work if your Wave has the front-loading CD player that works like a car's CD player, NOT the top-loading CD player with the top-mounted lid like the older Wave Radio/CD's had. In addition, the repair should all work for all of the newer Bose Wave Radios from late 2005 on (the Wave Radio II and Wave Radio III, which was recently replaced by the newest Wave Radio). These systems look almost exactly like the unit pictured, BUT there is NO front-mounted OR top-mounted CD player, it is a radio ONLY. Your Wave system must also NOT have buttons on top to be eligible for this repair (these systems are controlled exclusively by the included remote control).

So, with all that in mind, let's get started!

Step 1: Things You'll Need.

Here's what you'll need to purchase in order to repair your Bose Wave:

-(1) (or 2, if more than one speaker is bad) Bose "Twiddler" Driver (Speaker), Part # 273488004, with Wiring Harness (I got my replacement speaker off of eBay).

And here is what you'll need of your household tools to repair your Bose Wave:

-(1) Philips-Head Screwdriver, Medium-Sized Head

-(1) Pair of Wire Cutters (You may need to cut off the wiring harnesses of the old and new speakers, and splice the old wiring harness to the new speaker wires).

-(1) Roll of Electrical Tape (You'll need to secure the new wiring connections together securely).

-(1) Pair of Scissors (You'll cut the electrical tape with these).

Now that you know what you'll need, let's start the repair!