I've put friends onto Bostons in the past due to availability & value. They have been very satisfactory for them.
Having Bostons is a reason to consider their up to date ones. If you've read much here, you know the dollar invested emphasis is strongly on the speaker element of the whole system. Go for the best primary speakers in your budget. Advisable to match brand & even model series to assure same performance characteristics.
I've long admired Klipsch. Haven't had AR experience - obviously they can be good. I currently use Paradigm for my primary A/V set, & am impressed. The group of Canadian speaker companies have a real one up on medium size alternatives as they get the benefit of using the modern Canadian acoustic research facility. That cuts their research expense & gives pass through value. Paradigm has been very successful in selling for a decade.
My grandson was a winner of the Bose national contest. Lucky for him. His gift horse does perform well. That said, if you check out past threads regarding Bose, you'll quickly see an almost consensus negative towards Bose because their plastic speaker innerds are cheap drivers. Dr. Amar Bose started a moneymaking juggernaught good for him. Bose capitalized on the ''lifestyle'' segment of neat look more highly acceptable to wives than dangling cables. They are the masters of over hyped marketing & overpriced.
There are many choices of good speakers. Some here have their own highly regarded choice. There is even a differing of opinion on spending serious listening time auditioning speakers at dealers. It is a serious choice. True, no listening setup out there will sound like your room will. So there is some legitimacy about taking general opinion about the speakers & buying online for best price. Your choice toss up. I'm still inclined to want to hear if they are pleasant to me as I will live with them for some time. The manufacturer direct brand that C/NET rates so highly would be a case in point about some trust in others opinion. I believe that company has liberal policy allowing for your acceptance or return.
Hey, I've wandered on. If Bostons are handy for you for availability give them a try. My satisaction with Paradigms recommend looking at them. They are pretty well distributed.
I'm setting up a new home theather from scratch. For picture I'm doing the Sony 40" V2500 LCD through a Sony DA3200ES Receiver, all with clean power, high end cables, HD, etc. I have not yet added the sound component, and thought you gurus could offer some help. My current stereo is set up with Boston Sub Set 6 (2 satelites w/ passive sub). I'm definitely planning on going to a powered sub. My qestions are -
-Would you recommed saving money by incorporating my current speakers into the surround somewhere (i.e. using for rear channels and thus spending more on the front/center)? IS that a bad idea for any reason?
-If I were to spend around $1000 - $1500, what's YOUR favorite speaker set (either full 6 piece set or 2 fronts/center/sub) NOT IN WALL (moving in a couple years)
-Why doesn't cnet review many Bose products? How do they compare against Paradigm, Klipsch, Boston, AR, etc? I'm generally leary of the best branded/marketed products' value.
Thanks in advance.