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Old 06-10-2006, 09:14 PM   #1  
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I am new to the surround sound world and i just wanted to know why people say to stay away from bose surround sound systems. I personally think that they sound good.
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:14 AM   #2  
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I am new to the surround sound world and i just wanted to know why people say to stay away from bose surround sound systems. I personally think that they sound good.

You know what?????? Thats all that matters is what YOU LIKE, not others!!!
To me Bose is too bright, but thats me!!! I chose Polks because I like its midrange to low end and some call them bright as well.
Every time and good speaker maker has found a way to produce there speakers cheaper and offer them easier and more affordable, everyone that calls themselves Audiopiles then reacts to them as junk!! I guess once everyone has them and their not different, must be junk!!

I know people who think Klipsch is junk, also SVS and so on etc. Its all in personal taste really and then others who say X makers are just over priced. If you make 3 sets of speaker a year through parts from Partsexpress your overhead says $1000 per, but if you make 300 sets from Partsexpress because your marketing is better, then its $100 per!!
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I was a Bose guy since the 1970s. Had a pair of 501s, 901s and then when surround sound came, I went throught the gamut of AM series, 3,5,7,10 and 15.

The 901s and 501s were magnificent. Loved them.

The AM series were ok.

The high end, AM-15 were decent.

However, if you compare them with other speakers around the same price range, you may find the highs and lows lacking on the Bose.

Great name, great marketing and looks are the trademark of Bose.

They are so small, you can put them anywhere.

I purchased a set of Orb Audios which are equally small, better made and deliver much better sound with deeper lows and crisper highs.

orbaudio.com is the link.

Listening to these may be difficult since there are few places to preview them.

However, they do ship directly to your home and have a 30 day return policy should you be one of the unlikely folks that don't like them.

Check out your local electronics store and compare product and listen with your ears.

Then you can make an informed decision.

From someone who used to be a Bose guy, I wouldn't buy them again. At least, the AM series.

By the way, they are made of plastic and paper.
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........... some say it is anyway.

I guess the application is as important as personal taste. If smaller is what your room dictates or your taste prefers, then there you have it.
It sounds like you are looking for opinions or reports on, reliability and performance.
Fore performance, my taste requires I have very loud, clear and strong audio on hand at all times that will also reproduce the smallest details at lower volumes. See my system in my signature.
When I am watching a part I want to shake the floor like when the first torpedo to hits a ship in "Pearl Harbor", I crank it up and there she is. I do not need but kickers under my couch. When I listen to the piano sound track at the end of the movie "The Pianist", the detail is awesome at any level.
My experience with Bose is good sound at lower volumes but no real punch. They cost lots of money for what they are but for some folks it is just what the doctor ordered.
I have never heard of any reliability issues.
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try this next time you are listening to a bose HTIB: ask them to turn off all speakers except for that bass module. you will be able to hear all the dialogue in the movie. they can't even call that box a subwoofer cuz it doesn't qualify. the cubes are paper drivers, and the type with two drivers are not set up with crossovers, they run parallel.

http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html

this is where I send my friends considering a bose product. I think you'll be much happier if you consider matching bookshelf speakers (true two way design) and a real subwoofer.

You will have alot of money left over and get better performance if you choose a HTIB with a real subwoofer.
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bose are ok speakers if it is priced according to its performance, paper cone speakers and price is 3k for their high end systems, those speakers cost is merely $10 bucks a piece tha tis why bose fix them for $40 bucks any speakers damaged after wrranty. bose never give specs for their speakers with comparison to any otther manufacturer. if you pick the most expensive BOSE and compare with lowest end Polk or infinity home theater speakers package ($300 price) it will beat is all specs. i have bose system in my nissan and is not even a match with with statndard audio system in CAMRY (standard audio system from Harman International). BOSE package has subwoofer in trunk but still does not sound good.
Bose strength is in marketing and wife acceptance factor. women like cool looking small speakes.
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i live in a small apartment and my bose speakers sound GREAT.
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Bose strength is in marketing and wife acceptance factor. women like cool looking small speakes.
Nah, I just cant say it!!!!!
Well maybe just a preview. Women like the Bose cause they know smallish things if used/made right work just fine. But men think size is everthing!!!!!
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I am new to the surround sound world and i just wanted to know why people say to stay away from bose surround sound systems. I personally think that they sound good.

They are over priced and build cheap.
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Old 06-11-2006, 03:19 PM   #10  
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They are over priced and build cheap.

But I dont hear any things about Houses, Cars etc which are overpriced and built cheap!!

Lets see.

Car makes it from point "A" to point "B", least thats the excuses Ive heard. Still cheaply built and over priced.

House, its a roof over my head, I've heard. Still built cheap and over priced.

And the best one I've ever heard.
Built by the cheapest bidder (means cheap parts too).
That applies to everything NASA buys!!!

Bottom lie is it works and if it makes ya happy, then !!!
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Old 06-13-2006, 04:22 AM   #11  
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It's true that when it comes to audio a great deal is about personal taste.
But let me use this illustration. You may like the way a nissan maxima(what I own) performs over a ferrari. They could be the same price and everything and you just decide that the maxima performs better for you. Or maybe you Believe that it's better.

Listen around to other speakers. Especially audio speciallty shops.

I owned bose for 5 years and all I can tell you is that it was junk. I didnt know it at the time because I just figured they were the best so something must be wrong with my ears or something.
I now own all Paradigm speakers for about the same price as a new bose system and it sounds WAY better.
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Ever notice how small the Bose Setups are??? Usually an 8x8 soundfield in the big box stores and yes they generally sound decent, but not great. But you go to some of the higher end stores where they have a properly spaced Home Theater system with Bookshelf speakers or better/bigger speakers the difference is huge IMO. You couldn't compare the quality of sound...Bose just doesn't have the total package of great sound.
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tanaka,
this could be the start of a new marketing campaign: "It's not our speakers, it's your ears. Now give us your money"
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this could be the start of a new marketing campaign: "It's not our speakers, it's your ears. Now give us your money"

LOL, I wouldn't put it past them.
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Here's a straight forward answer, "BECAUSE THEY SUCK!". We sell Bose not because of sound quality but because people want them. I tell customers for the price they are not worth it. And I let them hear a couple of different speakers. But for some reason the asian market love the marketing that bose does and buy anyways.
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