Pros powerful solid bass, small speakers can be placed anywhere.
Cons speakers sound like they're being smothered
Summary i don't know where all these people get that "these speakers are the best" stuff from. just bought the acoustimass system a couple of days ago because i was impressed with how good they sounded at the display station at best buy that i decided to get them. when i got home, i couldn't wait to hook them up to my yamaha receiver and i have to admit that, when i finally got done running the wires and everything and started listening to the speakers i was actually impressed at how good they sounded, but after a while i couldn't help myself but to start playing with the EQ for the center channel speaker because somehow it sounded like not only the center channel but all of the speakers were placed inside an empty bucket or something like that. after i had been playing with the EQ for a while it seemed like i got the speakers to sound "just right". at least that's what i thought until i decided that before throwing my old cerwin vegas out the window i would compare them to my "state of the art" bose acoustimass system just to see how much better the new speakers where, and to my surprise and disbelief MY OLD SPEAKERS SOUNDED A LOT BETTER. so there i was playing with the EQ again trying to get the bose speakers to sound at least just as good as my old ones. switching back and forth between speakers sets, playing with the EQ and all the different settings on my receiver but it always seemed like the old ones sounded better.
usually when i'm about to buy a new product i look for reviews on it or shop around for a while before i decide to buy it, but with this system i didn't even think too much about it before putting it on my card. the more i think about it the more i feel like i was taken advantage of, because everyone tells you how good and wonderful these are, the innovations and the breakthrus achieved to get you this "great sound from such small speakers".
the system as a whole can actually fill your room with sound, specially with the double cube design that allows you to turn one cube one way and the other in a different direction so that sound will reflect off of walls and such, but the sound that you are surrounded by is of poor quality
the satellites, for their size sound ok but just ok, nowhere near great but the subwoofer sounds pretty good, with it's deep bass which to me sounds pretty solid and clear, the satellites which are small can actually sound pretty loud too. the problem is that there seems to be a huge gap in sound between the ear drum piercing mids on the satellites and the deep bass coming from the sub, also the highs coming from the satellites aren't that high at all. but it's more than obvious when you don't know whether the satellites are mid rangers or tweeter wannabes
maybe that's where the big achievement comes in, how do you make such a small speaker sound so big? well make up for the deficiencies in sound quality by adding a huge subwoofer.
the bottom line: these speakers are of decent quality but they're definitely not worth a grand. if you really want to get them compare them first to other similar systems from different manufacturers and if you still want to get them afterwards i'd suggest buying them and trying them out at home, see if thay sound as good as they did at the store, if not return them. you could also buy them on ebay and save a few hundreds of dollars. but compare, compare, compare.
Pros Unmatched Clarity
Powerful Bass (if set in the right place and position)
Flexible Position (Small Size)
Cons Apparently Some Frequency Limitation
Summary I spent about a week shopping around for speakers and had a friend of mine who is specialized in speakers and deals a lot with Proficient, a top end speaker system manufacturer that is actually about 3 times the price of Bose. We roamed around from store to store listening from system to system.
When we sat down in the Bose showroom we were sold and I whipped out my wallet right away. What many people in the reviews criticize are two things, frequency and Bass. This review aims to address these two points.
In regard to the bass I was very disappointed when I first set up my system. After some tweaking from the amp (onkyo tx-sr606) it got better but was not what I wished it had been. I went through the users manual about a week later and found something interesting. The Woofer opening is supposed to be facing the wall somewhere about 2 feet away or so from it. I made that change and I could literally feel my floor shaking. The beauty of this is that the woofer seems to be everywhere, makes you feel like its right under you, even at low volumes. (The room I have set up my speakers in is 6.5x5 meters)
Secondly with regard to the frequency. Yes there may be some frequency limitations, I personally did not notice them but only read about them. I am not an engineer but all I can say is that music and movies sound unbelievable. It is important to note that Bose is about sound quality, clarity and the size of the speakers, where it delivers with flying colors and exceeds most of the competition.
Yes you can get something cheaper with more appealing numbers (power, frequency range etc), but believe me I know what I am talking about, the Bose will sound better hands down. These are truly top of the line speakers and definitely worth more than what they cost.
Bose speakers are not your standard plug and play speakers. The placement of each speaker, the settings on your amplifier, the type of amplifier you use, the power being sent to the speakers, the input you are using, and the quality of the audio you are listening to all play an important role in what you get out of your speakers.
If you are not just looking for good sound without a headache and are not very technically oriented, brands such as Sony sell good plug and play speakers that will provide you with great sound and and tv viewing / music listening experience.
If you want to take it up to an entirely different level however, and have the patience to find the ideal setup, Bose is definitely on top of the list. A little patience can take you a long way, even with setting up speakers.
Pros Easy setup, small unobtrusive speakers, and GREAT rich sound for my needs.
Cons The large subwoofer/Acoustimass.
Summary If you looking for head banger music speakers, then look to getting some huge JBLs or facsimile and pay the $3000 or so for that pleasure. I have JBLs downstairs and they will rock your world. But if you want rich full sound, that's easy on your ears, with a great base and crisp highs, for the money, you can't beat this system. You do need a high end amp to push the system such as a Denon with at least 100-150 watts per channel capability. This will also help push the sub, which will rattle my house when turned up. Then sit back and enjoy. Cause for the money, they are well worth it. I will preface my comments in saying that if you have appreciated the quality of a Bose speaker before, then you will know what I'm talking about. I have Bose in my vehicle and as computer speakers and I couldn't be happier. Again...you're not going to hurt your ears on them, but on lower volume the full rich sound will captivate you. Thank you Bose!
Pros Easy setup, subwoofer
Cons Does not have the same feel like the showroom
Summary Bought this product along with the Onkyo amplifier they were using in the showroom. Easy to set up, and although a step-up from my old Sony system, it doesn't sound as good as it did when I first heard in the showroom. Tried to change the setup of the speakers, didn't make a huge difference.
Pros SOund, Sound SOund
Cons Midrange Deficiency
Summary I first purchased the Bose 3 Speaker system
but could not get a "full" surround...
with the Acoustimass10 5.1 system you get the "full effect" especially when watching movies and HD channels on Dolby 5/1...
I paired it w/ the Pioneer Receiver using
optic cable for Dvd player and analog w/
HdmI cable box....both sound SO SWEET!!!
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