Boston Acoustics TVee One review: The TVee One is a natural upgrade to your TV sound

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Sound quality: 7.0
  • Value: 9.0
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The Good The Boston Acoustics TVee One sits under your TV and offers natural sound with both music and movies. There's built-in Bluetooth connection for wireless audio streaming. And the speaker's lightweight and simple design makes it easy to install.

The Bad There's no built-in subwoofer, nor the ability to add one later, so action movies aren't as impactful as they are via its rivals. Its lightweight design make it feel less sturdy than its competitors. The front panel display is indecipherable. And the remote's squishy buttons are annoying.

The Bottom Line The Boston Acoustics TVee One natural-sounding upgrade to your current TV's sound that costs considerably less than its competitors.

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If you haven't come across one before, the sound stand is the next generation beyond the sound bar: it lets you place your TV on top, resulting in a sleeker look and avoiding the problem of your sound bar blocking your TV's remote sensor.

The Boston Acoustics TVee One ($200 street in the States and £224 in the UK; pricing in Australia is currently unavailable) is one of the most affordable sound stands on the market. While it is missing some advanced features that competitors offer, such as HDMI connectivity or the option to add a subwoofer, it does offer natural sound quality that gets loud enough to fill a small room. Like the Sony HT-XT1 ($300 street), it sounds nearly as good with movies as it does with music, as long as you don't try to overextend its capabilities. The Boston Acoustic TVee One may not be our favorite overall pick, but it offers a lot of value if you're on a budget and can find it for around $200.

Design

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When measured strictly against rivals, the TVee seems a little small and light. For starters, it lacks the integrated subwoofer of competitors like the Onkyo LS-T10, as well as design flourishes such as the glass top of the Sony HT-XT1. It doesn't help that it feels a little insubstantial, coming at 9 pounds, while the Onkyo isa beefy 19.2 pounds. However, despite the lightweight feel, Boston Acoustics claims the TVee One will support 50-inch TVs weighing up to 60 pounds. As far as dimensions are concerned, the speaker measures 2.63 inches high by 23.56 inches wide and 14 inches deep.

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The top of the unit is positively festooned with buttons, especially compared with its peers. There are a total of eight in all, and include volume, power and input selection. Also on the top of the unit is a helpful "+" sign which helps you center your TV.

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Often the most disappointing aspect of a piece of budget equipment is the remote, and Boston Acoustics lives up to expectations in this regard. It's the size of a credit card and features a series of too-rubbery buttons, but at least the volume buttons are placed in a semilogical fashion, which makes them usable in the dark.

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