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In Reply to: Are Bose that bad?? posted by Jeremy on January 03, 2002 at 23:15:01:
What can you expect from a single 4" speaker? Not a lot of bass and the treble will be weak. Midrange should be decent.
Bose takes a LOT of flak here on AA and a lot of other audiophile sites, too. Basically, Bose caters to the mass market, and the popularity and sales figures say that they know their market. Their indoor models are a lot better than what you have. Drop in to a Circuit City or Best Buy store and give the 201 and 301 a listen, they're not all that bad. They don't cater to the audiophile market, but I have never understood why the vehemence of the response. Seems like as soon as a company makes a success the audiophiles turn on them. I guess exclusivity has something to do with it. When the Bose 901 first came out back in 1971, the audiophiles acted as if it were the second coming. It was new, it was unique, and they just had to have it. Five years later they were throwing rocks at it.
I have an audiophile system in my den, and a Bose AM-5 setup in the living room for casual listening and for TV sound. The den system is better, but the living room isn't all that bad.
Hope that helps.
The issue to most knowing audiophiles/music lovers isn't whether they are good or bad it is their true value. They are WAAAAAAY overpriced for what they deliver, marketing hype, pure and simple. The so called research is in better ways to market, certainly not in product performance and value. I owned a pair of 501's in the early 70's and in retrospect should have had my head examined when I sold a pair of Dyanaco A-25's that cost a fraction of the Bose and were immensely better. I attritube this digression on youthful indiscretion and Bose's marketing hype along with the popular audio press. I knew after the first few days that I made a big mistake. The Accoustimas design or the Waveradio, take your pick, takes this performance/value inequity to new levels.
No they're not bad if they knocked the price down 75%. "You can fool some of the people most of the time and that's all it takes baby".
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