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Old 12-03-2004, 06:53 PM   #1  
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I was going to buy 5 single cube speakers for $200 off of Ebay. Then I need to buy the subwoofer. Once I have the subwoofer how do I run the speakers can I use any reciever of does it have to be a bose? I want to run the system through my direct tv.
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:27 AM   #2  
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I was going to buy 5 single cube speakers for $200 off of Ebay. Then I need to buy the subwoofer. Once I have the subwoofer how do I run the speakers can I use any reciever of does it have to be a bose? I want to run the system through my direct tv.
I can't really say whether they are worth the money - They are good speakers, but I'd want to know what they are worth brand new. As far as using them on a regular receiver, make sure you find out what kind of connector they have - is it just straight speaker cable or is it another type of connector. I've seen setups like that where they have rca jacks or something similiar.
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I'd suggest going to a local home theatre store and judging for youself. If I had the money, I'd strongly consider upgrading to Bose. Some people value sound, some people don't.
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For half the money and better all around performance,hands down.CAMBRIDGE SOUNDWORKS PERIOD! Already did all the comparisions it's a no brainer !

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For half the money and better all around performance,hands down.CAMBRIDGE SOUNDWORKS PERIOD! Already did all the comparisions it's a no brainer !
As an installer this is very interesting. Can you please send me all your data on your comparisons. are you a 911B!

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What is a 911B! ?

The 911 must refer to the Bose 911, I can't figure the B part.

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Old 12-13-2004, 02:55 PM   #7  
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I was going to buy 5 single cube speakers for $200 off of Ebay. Then I need to buy the subwoofer. Once I have the subwoofer how do I run the speakers can I use any reciever of does it have to be a bose? I want to run the system through my direct tv.
By "the" subwoofer," do you man the Acoustimass subwoofer or any subwoofer?

I bought the Acoustimass 6 system with five single cube speakers and an integrated subwoofer. It was expensive, but it turned out well. I hooked it up to my Sony receiver and it works perfectly, so no, you don't need a Bose receiver, but you will need at least a 5.1 audio receiver of some sort. (Be careful, if you get the Acoustimass 3 subwoofer, it won't have a "subwoofer" input to connect from the subwoofer output on your receiver. The Accoustimass 3 is only meant for stereo output.)

Since my receiver is 7.1 capable, I bought two extra cube speakers over e-bay and hooked them up directly to the receiver. (The speakers for the Acoustimass system run first through the subwoofer and then out to the speakers using special cables.)

Edit: Forgot to answer one of your questions. The connectors into the cube speakers are the same as any other normal high-quality speaker, so you'll only need standard speaker wire to make the connection.

Overall, I am very happy with the system. I live in an apartment where I like my neighbors, so I don't play it at high levels, but the fidelity through the speakers (both the ones connected through the subwoofer and the ones connected directly to the receiver) sound great. My living room is rather small and the sound from the cube speakers fill it nicely.

But since the speakers work fine with other brand A/V receivers without specifically using the Acoustimass system, were I you, I'd probaby connect the speakers directly to the receiver, buy a good subwoofer (bose or not) seperately, and not worry about Acoustimass.

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I was going to buy 5 single cube speakers for $200 off of Ebay. Then I need to buy the subwoofer. Once I have the subwoofer how do I run the speakers can I use any reciever of does it have to be a bose? I want to run the system through my direct tv.
It all depends on where you want to be dollar wise. I would recommend B&W or Martin-Logan if you want high end sound but you will need high end amplification to drive speakers of this level.
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:01 PM   #9  
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I can't tell you whether Bose speakers are worth the money for you or not. Myself, I think they are just ok. There are better sounding speakers and if you have a big room, they leave a bit to be desired.


BUT ( and this is a big but)


Women love them! And because of that, I love them too. We put the little buggers in and they virtually disappear into the decor. And because women love them, their men love them too.

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Default Bose VS Cambridge Sound Works

I have been and still a firm believer in the Cambridge Sounds products. I have one of their home theater in box for around 400 bucks on the TV in my cellar and I love the way it sounds. I have about $1000 in CS Works speakers on my system in the family room where the 60" Sony LCD HDTV is. I have 700watt Pioneer Elite surround sound receiver and one 12" Valodyne subwoofer ($600) and six of the little CS Works speakers and it truly sounds insane. I have CS Works on both of our PC's too and I love the sound of them. BUT I have to tell you I recently hooked up a system for my of my friends who never in a million yrs could have hooked it up by himself. He bought the same Sony LCD TV that I have and he bought 660 watt Yamaha Surround Sound receiver and he one of the BOSE systems with 6 little cubes and the integrated sub woofer. I think he paid around $1500 for it. My wife helped me hook it up and when we were finished he turned the TV on of the digital music stations that happend to be playing christmas music and I turned up the volume to about halfway and I still hadn't set anything up at all on the receiver and me and the wife were blown away at how good it already sounded. After messing around for about an hour setting receiver for the room and finding good settings for his set up we both agreed that his system would blow ours away. I have never been a fan of BOSE because being around number of people who had them over the years they never sounded all that good to me and always required a lot of power if you wanted get good performance from them. I feel that the new line of BOSE products have come a long way since the older units that I was famliar with and are truly worth the money or at least consideration if you are putting together a new system.
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If you are going to invest a substantial amount of money.(Bose) I would seriously consider purchasing a set of cinema 6 Klipsch 5.1's. Or even if you went with a set of Ultra 5.1's with an external decoder. Bose are good , but their entire sound is based on a sound illusion. If you want a good reference clean speaker go with Klipsch or Paridigm. Either way you will be better off then most of the HTIB setups.
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Old 01-17-2005, 05:56 PM   #13  
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Default Bose speakers

I am not an expert on home theater but have a lot of familiarity with audio equipment in general. IMHO, the Bose speakers are OK but way overpriced. There are a number of other speaker makers that like CSW, provide very good sound at more reasonable price levels.
Aperion, Axiom and Ascend are 3 who have excellent products (that in my view sound much more "natural" than the Bose) priced reasonably. I haven't heard the newer Magnepans (magnetostatic ribbon design) but in the past, they have made excellent speakers and their prices are quite a bit less than Bose. Finally, there is Ohm. The Ohm Walsh series are quite expensive but the Micro Walsh is pretty reasonable. IMHO, the Walsh design is the best of all worlds: The most natural, uncolored sound, the greatest dynamic range and the best dispersion charecteristics.
All of the manufactures I've mentioned above have websites with a lot of information. More importantly, all of them allow you to audition their systems for at least 30 days (Ohm's is 120 days!) and return the speakers if you don't like them. This is really the only way to buy loudspeakers - your room sounds much different than the showroom.
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I will probably offend the audiophiles out there, but the problem with most quality speakers that will contend with or surpass the Bose cubes is size and looks. Most of the brands suggested are big and ugly from a woman's point of view. Most women think speakers are to be heard and not seen.


If you have control of the household, there may be plenty of choices. If the wife or an interior decorator has the control, Bose are hard to beat. Only direct size and sound replacements need apply.
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I must chuckle just a bit at this thread of posts. I took my 12 year old stero system with " 200 watts per channel baby cakes" the dolby digital and surround sound from my TV and DVD player are transformed by the "ultimate sound machine" of my stero system.

All this gee-wiz-bang home theater stuff is great to yak about, but if you already have the investment into a kick-ass stero system that can generate surround sound, and dolby sound and fantstic 60's music, why re-invent the wheel ?

Just plug in the new source to the "aux port" and tune it up a bit and you have "sound" that will be as good or better than home theater !

Besides that, how can one leave a costly stero system just sitting there doing nothing when the parameters for sound reproduction are so superior to begin with. I still have my Sylvania Bass speakers with 16" woofers that I bought in 1968. Talk about "rattling the windows" ..!!
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