Reviews and Problems with Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1
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Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Speaker System
Sound & Vision Magazine
21 December 2009
Excerpt: Shape’s Mightier Than SizeGaze back into the mists of time, and you’ll find that the earliest loudspeakers were boxes with nothing but right angles. This shape lends itself to efficient manufacturing techniques and is still used for most speakers.
Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Loudspeaker System Review
4 September 2009
Conclusion: In this economy, it's hard to justify new speakers. However, the SoundWare XS 5.1 system packs a roomful of fun into one small $500 package. There are plenty of other systems out there that are slightly cheaper, but Boston Acoustics' quality is worth the extra money.
Pros: Big sound from small speakers, Omni-directional mounting means sweet sound from any angle, Sturdy construction delivers stable sound, No stands necessary
Cons: Beefy subwoofer is a big visual contrast to satellites, Subwoofer has no speaker level inputs; LFE/line input only
Summary: A n ultra-compact 5.1 home-theatre speaker system sounds like a highly compromised solution for hardened videophiles, though a highly desirable solution for lifestyle consumers. It is a large gap between what videophiles and music lovers can live with versus what a casual consumer can tolerate.