The Wave Radio was a smaller version....The Acoustic Wave was the original, taller and bigger unit. Regardless, they were all marketed towards affluent people who were either:
1) Clueless about audio (nothing wrong with that, nobody has the time to become knowledgeable about everything)
2) Wanted a clock radio that could double as a bedroom sound system
3) Or just didn't want to bother selecting and installing individual components.
If it worked for them, great......but let's not kid ourselves that Bose was actually interested in advancing the field of sound. They went their own way, ignoring what other companies had done, not because that was the best way, but because it resulted in something they could patent and brand as "unique" and "intelligent", so that people would think they were experts, justifying high prices and profit margins. Reminds me of Apple in a way......A company that exudes an elite, ivory tower like image, yet fails to provide features other companies introduced years ago, claiming that consumers don't care about those features, when it's really because they wanted to keep production costs low.
$2499? Never heard that price, that's insane. I remember the Acoustic Wave being about $1,200 ten years ago, but it depends on accessories like the power pack, the multi-CD changer, etc. Regardless, that's a huge profit margin, and $1200 could buy lots of things much better than that.