HK vs. Bose: Better for movie dialog, too much cowbell
18 October 2011
Summary: I already owned a Bose Acoustimass 10 speaker system, so when Amazon offered me this for review, I was happy to get out the cube chair and wineglass and make a comparison. I found the Harmon Kardon set to be better for rendering voices, but with some notable deficiencies in other areas. == Satellite speaker response == For the first evaluation, I checked out the response range of just the satellite speakers, using a pair of the Bose vs.
Summary: Well-packaged, and great to look at once unwrapped, with quality construction, and no fabric to worry about. It goes without saying that the sound is an improvement of orders of magnitude over a native TV sound system. You don't realize what you've been missing until you've heard these babies. And then you can't go back.
Summary: We've had this sound system for a while and love it. Aesthetically: These are very pleasing to the eye. The speakers don't stick out in our decor and the subwoofer is compact enough to be out of the way. There's also no fabric on any of the pieces, including the sub woofer, which is a huge plus for people with kids. (My kids ripped our last sub woofer's fabric). The sound comes out the bottom of the sub woofer also, which is also very nice.
Summary: I got these speakers to go with my Home Theater system and I am very pleased. The sound is the same high quality that you get at the Metroplex. We have enjoyed "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" recently and the effect of the surround sound is awesome. Its like the old 'Sensaround' feature the Movies like 'Earthquake' and 'Midway' had in the 1970's. It's also a great sound for my CD's and listening to FM Stero radio channels.
Summary: First thing, I'm taking over this review for my wife. Since I set it up and know a bit more about this stuff than she does. What we had prior to the Harman speakers were a set from Sony, nothing to elaborate, fairly new. They were more than serviceable, so I thought. The Harman's blew those babies out of the water, interms of both looks and sound quality. Like everyone has stated, setting them up were a pain.
Summary: I'm not a technical person so this review won't be technical. However, I can tell you that the sound that comes from these speakers is fantastic! We used to have an "out of the box" surround sound set from Sony and while that sounded good, these sound far superior. The sound is excellent both in digital and analog outputs. There are also a lot of really nice surround sound settings.
Fantastic look, competent sound...mounting is not robust...
Y. R. Wu "The will to win is nothing without ..., Amazon
23 May 2011
Summary: Summary: These speakers are all about the design. They look faaaabulous. Sound is decent, but I would find it hard to justify them as an upgrade to existing speakers based on sound quality alone. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review these speakers. Our stereo / video setup is a 10+ year old Sony combination surround sound system with tower front speakers, small rear and center satellites, and a sub.
Fantastic upgrade to bundled "theater in a box" systems.
B. Toy, Amazon
27 April 2011
Summary: Many, many years ago, I bought a "theater in a box" system from Sony. It came with an amp, 5 satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer pushing (what I thought was a great) 120 watts. About 6 months ago, my Sony receiver died and I bought a Denon to replace it. The Denon receiver puts out 75 watts x 5 channels. After hooking it up to my old Sony speakers and playing some Rock Band to test it out, my first thought was "HOLY COW!!
Summary: After buying these speakers, there are two extra things that i have had to buy to have a complete home cinema system around these speakers. The first and most important i have had to buy is an amplifier (a Pioneer VSX-923-K 7.2 Channel AV Receiver which cost me cost me £ 299 was a sale price). The second thing i have had to buy was an optical cable, so i could play movies through a usb/ external hard-drive/ watch normal TV/ PS3, and still retain the quality of the sound.
Summary: I spent so much time trying to find a 5.1 set up, the problem was none of the subwoofers ever lived up to what I needed. This one however has got depth for days and really rattles a room, it maybe lacks slightly with punch but it still sounds awesome. The two rear speakers are perfect, the two front speakers are identical to the rears but would of benefited from been slightly larger and more powerful and the same goes for the centre speaker...