Summary: Im sure you are thinking BOSE is the best out there. They are in all the cars for the FACTORY audio upgrade, haha. And sorry to tell you that you dont know jack about audio. $1000 for paper cone, TINY speakers, in plastic Tupperware. The sound is not there in the least. The highs are lacking thanks to no true tweeter. And the twin sub drivers fall flat on they're face when they are barely pushed. Sound is all over the place and lacks definition.
Summary: Play some Barry White on any of the acoustimess speakers and you will think that the speakers are defective or Barry lost his AHEM, um, um, a lot of weight. You will accuse the store that has them on demo of sabotage or bait and switch or some other dirty deed. Do not go to the blows store and listen to their canned demo disc with music tailored to hide the atrocious flaws in the speaker. I recommend that you buy anything but these.
Summary: I purchased Bose Acoustimass for I my first surround sound system. At first I was impressed but it was because of the advantages of surround for movies compared to stereo, not because of the sound of the Bose system. When listening to stereo music I really missed my old Avid speakers. I had spent over a thousand dollars for the Bose and the sound quality paled to the $300 speakers I had purchaed back in college! It was the worst audio investment I had ever made.
Summary: These puppies didn't last a day in my intended second system. BOSE used to be well known for their quality speakers way back in the days of the original modest 301s and 501s - but not any more. They are selling this 'Acousti-mess' business model product on pure reputation and "sound-stage hype". The "sub-woofer" is nothing of the sort - it's a mediocre woofer, at best.
Summary: I recently spent some time auditioning this product (outside of a retail store in multiple placement configurations, which is a much different experience) and honestly none of that time was necessary for me to know that no amount of engineering or marketing is sufficient to ignore the laws of physics and still have a good product. My listening experience did indeed bear this out, for what it's worth.
Pros: Small and compact, some what to convenient .
Cons: Oh my I don't know where to start. I've been a home theatre Tech for 2 years now and I have worked with audio systems for over 10 years. Bose is has terrible frequency response, Very poorly constructed, Bose is generally behind with Technology.
Summary: My dad bought this system and was proud to show it off to me. I invited him over to a friend's house who paid considerably less for a different, lesser known system. He was blown away by how much better the other system sounded. He admitted that he was a fool for falling for the Bose marketing hype. Bose is over priced, over marketed AND average at best. Why do you NEVER see Bose reviewed in any decent audiophile/hifi magazine?
Summary: I have been a loyal fan of Bose products for almost 30 years. I still own my origanal 301's bought in 1980 and have a set of 501's added later. I expected similar quality and sound with the Accoustimass series. I was badly mistaken. As mentioned in previous reviews, for $200-$300, these might be a good additional for a small start-up home theater. But for this price, just unacceptable. Sound quality is horrible.
Summary: Bose delivers the kind of unbalanaced frequency response that pulls in the suburban suckers who think sibilance and boom mean high fidelity. This wouldn't be a crime if their prices weren't so blatantly high and their own hype so crass. The colorized sound quality of Bose systems is evident to anyone who compares it to comparably priced, and sized, systems from virtually any competitor.
Summary: Unfortunately, these speakers did not live up to my expectations. I think they are halfway decent speakers, but for the price I expect them to be something to be proud of. I have to say overall the sound quality is just about poor. The highs are not there, and neither are the lows. The bass module has the frequency set so high it seems the woofer is pointed right at me, instead of being an ambient rumble.