I neither love or hate Bose. It just seems to be expensive. I do love the fact that they are one of the sponsors of DiscoveryHD. Someone needs to support HD. Anyways, I'm familiar with the idea of "virtual" surround, where two speakers are used, and in the case of the Bose 321 a sub-woofer. On my Yamaha receiver, when I plug in headphones, I get a virtual surround effect in the headphones. I'll be darned if I can figure out how they simulate sound coming from different directions, but they do. I'm assuming the Bose does something similar, with a slight delay of certain audio frequencies. Personally, I believe this 321 system is directed at the person who has only heard audio from one TV speaker, and in this case it will blow their socks off. For the audiophile, a true surround system would be preferred. The tradeoff is that a true surround system requires three add'l speakers and speaker wires. My dad would be the ideal candiate for the Bose 321 system. A regular surround system would confuse him. He would get lost with all the options and buttons to push. He's a "push one button and leave it" type of person.
I'm looking to buy a Bose 321 Virtual surround sound system as a birthday gift to my father. Has anyone heard any news/rumors about when/if they're going to update that system? I know that the current gen is almost 2 years old now... Should I wait 2 months or just buy it now?
Also, what other virtual surround sound systems might you recommend?
PS although I am new here, I am aware that there are some rabid Bose haters who frequent this forum. so PLEASE, dont do that on this thread. If you dont like the Bose 321 because of a concrete reason (the bass response is weak or whatever), do tell. But dont just tell me that Bose is evil and overhyped and whatever. trust me, ive heard the whole spiel before. thanks.