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Windows 7: Bose Speakers

30 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
Bose Speakers

Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on Bose speakers for computer?

I use to have Creative Inspire 5.1 system and was quite happy with the sound quality but after listening to bose speakers, I was completely blown away. I've never heard anything like that. Does the computer speakers are equally good but they seem pretty steep, the lowest range is £99 and they go upto £299

so are they really worth the price or can you lot suggest something else which is eqaully matched?


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30 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hate to break the news to you, but most people who know quite a bit about audio stay away from bose speakers because for the money, they generally are crap.

Here are some references;
Just A Couple Reasons Why Bose Sucks | Obnoxious Listeners
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Why does Bose blow? Suck? hated by audiophiles? |

And this comes from a person who make the mistake and went with some Bose speakers once before. Never again. These days, I go for Polk, Paradigm, Klipsch, KEF, Axiom, Definitive, etc.

Bose is more of a marketing company than a speaker company. More often than not, those who own BOSE and swear by them are unable to name more than 2 other speaker mfgs. People "aspire" to own BOSE because marketing has said they are the best...but they are not.

Here is a great example. Look up speakers from any other reputable company like those listed above. Look at specs...they tell you thinks like crossover frequencies, sensitivity, resistence, frequency response, etc. Look at the specs on the BOSE site...they list weight and dimensions...but not a single thing from any audio standpoint. Why would you not list your specifications when every other company on the planet does?

For computer speakers, check out Swan, or Klipsch.

Here are some suggestions;
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30 Nov 2010   #3

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01 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
£400 for set of 2 speakers

i don't think so i'll be spending that much. I'm very happy with my Zalman 5.1 headphones bowers and wilkins mm-1
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01 Dec 2010   #5

ultimate 64 sp1

have to agree (again) with pparks1 here. the people who buy bose are the same type of people who buy apple, it makes them feel smug and superior, because they've paid more than us lesser mortals, but unjustifiably so.

you say you were blown away by bose speakers - what was the rest of the system?

i also notice that you're using an 'hd' sound chip rather than a dedicated sound card? if you want the best audio experience, all parts of the chain must be good...

i always bring this picture out when discussing speakers...

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01 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit

when I mentioned BOSE speakers, it was in music shop playing some CD on audio system. I think it was technic system but I'm not sure
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01 Dec 2010   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

Couldn't agree more on the Bose gear. Their headphones sound OK but are wildly overpriced....I tried a pair at a store and they sounded remarkably similar to a set I owned that cast me $30....and the Bose were $189!

And when they came out with their home surround sound kits a while back, with the little cube speakers and separate "subwoofer", my buddy bought it....and I had to ask him, "where's the bass?", because the "subwoofer" was a small enclosure with two 5" drivers in
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01 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit

what about Altec Lansing? are they any good?

they are like reasonably priced on amazon
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01 Dec 2010   #9

ultimate 64 sp1

i would recommend getting a dedicated sound-card before speakers.

what do others think?
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01 Dec 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Everything has it's place. Bose has a place just not in mine. Like a lot of things we purchase I hate planned obsolescence and detest poor quality. I would rather have to save and research longer to even purchase used a high quality item that will last for years beyond a lesser device and way out perform same. Sound reproduction is critical to me and it may not be so important to someone else and that's totally cool. I find that a lot of Bose installations are for the it's a powerful thing and one reason we sometimes need to build our caves !
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