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Bose vs Klipsch

by MjL1201 / June 5, 2013 8:00 AM PDT

Hello All,

I just bought a new Panasonic VT-55 and am only able to use a 2.1 (or 3.1) audio system due to the room layout.

The two systems that caught my eye were the Klipsch Icon SB 1 and the Bose CineMate Series II. Bose also makes a soundbar, but the price tag is way over my limit.

Klipsch is a new brand to me, but the demo I heard in a retail store sounded great. Bose on the other hand is often revered as one of the best audio manufacturers in the biz.

Unfortunately CNET has not reviewed either of these products so I am stuck at a crossroads. Has anyone used either of these and have an argument why I should go with one or the other? Or, if you think there is another Soundbar or equivalent you think is superior?

Thanks in advance

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I think you may have made a few folks...
by Pepe7 / June 6, 2013 12:53 AM PDT
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...spill their coffee Wink

Bose is revered? The truth is, this is about as false as can be. They are known howerver for selling the most overpriced, over-marketed, and lackluster sounding equipment compared to others in the same price range.

Go with the Klipsch, if those are you only choices. Avoiding a soundbar of any type would be preferable as well. Frankly though both of those you mentioned are overpriced for what they do. ($599 is steep for that Klipsch, without providing real speakers that they normallyl sell.) I would consider looking around for a simple 5.1 HTIB system on sale. Just don't use the rears, or add them later on when you get the chance. Onkyo sells some refurbished setups, and Amazon has some deals as well that aren't half bad.

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I think the best way is to let your ears and wallet...
by Oldartq / June 6, 2013 12:00 AM PDT
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do the talking. If it sounds good and the price is right then that's what you should go with. Klipsch is no new comers, they've been in the speaker business for a long long time. Personally I like the Bose sound but I also think they are a bit over-priced... but that's not for me to decide. Couple years ago I saw somewhere the Energy Classic was a very good buy for the money...and it may still be.

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