extended Bose thread. There are Bose bashers. There are Bose lovers. A bunch of us old audio buffs generally feel Bose is a marvel of marketing but not state of the art, prone to bothersome proprietary connection things, not high quality innerds & not fine value. We feel a little learning & footwork will get people more long term satisfication by auditioning a few good speaker brands to go along with a moderately priced amp or receiver.
Speakers are the most personal selection of an audio or A/V set up. Good speaker selection will get you sound to be pleased with for many years. For the audio portion of a set up we recommend you budget around 75% for speakers & 25% for the receiver.
Speakers are best made by companies specializing in speakers, not components. Speakers may seem expensive up ront but they basically don't wear out & get replaced like components.
We feel it is important enough to invest some time. Don't take credit cards with you, but seriously listen to at least three trustworthy brands of speakers. I say only two brands a day as hearing is a fleeting experience & confusion comes so easily.
Take at least one CD you are very familiar with & it should contain a decent portion of vocals because unlike Star Wars effects you know how voices should sound. No speakers are perfect. Speaker brands tend to have a same character of sound reproduction within their lines. Take notes at to things like shrillness, boominess, thinness & any distortion heard.
Listen from solid brands such as JBL, Klipsch, Polk, Infinity, & Boston Acoustics.
I would add such specific models as Paradigm Atom, PSB Alpha B, Epos ELS 3, Monitor Audio Bronze B2, Klipsch RF-52, & Energy RC-50 if you run across them as they are examples of highly regarded value.
If interested, post back with details like your budget & what you expect from these speakers if used with what possible HGTV for broadcast sound, DVDs or whatever.
Sonys better reviewed? Yes, along with a slew of others. I'm not saying Bose can't sound pretty pleasant.
anyone have a strong opinion on the bose 321 vs. the sony dav x1? i am a little shocked at the price difference, sony being about half as much. most reviews give the sony system a better review, i just dont get it.. thanks