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First Look: Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III
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First Look: Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III

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The Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III speaker system delivers a big sound from exceptionally small speakers, but its high price keeps it from being a good value pick.

Hey, I'm Matthew Moskovciak at CNET.com and this is the Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III. This is a 5.1 speaker system and it's currently selling for $700. The Bose system consists of 5 small satellite speakers and a large subwoofer. The speakers are among the smallest we've seen in a 5.1 package and they're just 3.1 inches tall. The center channel is identical to the satellite speakers and they don't have a threaded insert on the back to use with Bose's wall-mounting hardware, which is sold separately. The subwoofer is actually pretty large for a system like this and on the side you'll find controls for overall base volume and low frequency effects. If you look around the back of the subwoofer, you'll actually find speaker connectors, which is unusual. With most speaker systems, you connect everything directly to the receiver, but with the Bose everything is connected to the subwoofer first and then the separate ribbon-type connection is made from the subwoofer to the receiver. That probably allows Bose to apply some extra sound processing to the speakers, but the downside is you end up with a lot more wire cutter than usual. Now, the Bose may have tiny speakers, but it can actually sound surprisingly big. Thanks to its large sub. It's a particularly well with movies and we thought that sounded more powerful than the competing Harman Kardon HKTS20BQ. It did fair quite as well with music and when we compared it directly to the Energy Take Classic 5.1, we thought the Energy definitely had a superior clear sound. Our major hesitation with Bose system is the price. While it can deliver a dynamic sound on movies and has a stylish look, we think competitors like the Energy Take Classic sound better for less money and look just as good. If you have to have the Bose brand, the Acoustimass 6 Series III won't disappoint, but there are better speakers available for less money. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the Bose Acoustimass 6 Series III.

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