Originally Posted by cardinalryan
Someone please help answer a simple question.
I know that Bose is hated on this board, but my question is very direct and I am hoping for a direct answer without bashing.
If price is equal, would you get the Bose Cinemate II or a Sony W550 soundbar or something comparable? Remember, take price out of the equation.
Bottom line...would the sound from the Cinemate II be appreciably better than the sound from the Sony soundbar? Please give your opinion, I would particularly like to hear from Davyo on this.
Hey,,,, not sure how much help I can be as I have never heard the Sony 550 inside my house,,, only heard it at the store's and as we all know making a judgment on anything heard or seen in a store is the worst thing anyone can do.
I have had the Cinemate's all over at my house for a visit and know them pretty well and also have owned all the other Sony bars except the 550,,, so I can kinda base my comments off that a bit I guess.
The best Cinemate is the Bose GS series ll, the little gemstone speakers do sound much better than the standard Cinemate speakers on the lower costing series ll.
As far as which is going to sound better in your house between the Bose and the Sony,,, I have no idea,, each system reacts differently to its "surroundings" (pun intended).
Walls and reflective areas will affect soundbars and the Cinemate greatly.
Honestly,, the only way to really know which system is going to work best is to buy them both and demo them side by side or buy each one and take it home for a spin one at a time if you cant afford to buy both at the same time,,,,,,,, return the loser back to the store.
I know for myself,, Im very very happy with my new Bose 1SR soundbar,, it was not cheap and lacks basic features that would be nice to have but the sound Im getting out of this thing is simply stunning,,, sounds like I have a full-on surround system hooked up in my living room,,, sound wise it beat out my Sony 350 soundbar,,,,, but with that being said I think my Bose 1SR would also beat out the Cinemate system's,,, so the Sony vs the Cinemate would be more of a fair comparison.
Hope that helped a tiny bit.